IRWIN Edward (Ed, Eddie) T. Irwin beloved son of the late John J. and Delia (Byrne) Irwin. Loving brother of Marie Norton and her husband Jim of Boston, Joan Connelly and her husband Bob of Florida and the late John J. Jr., formerly of Foxboro. He is also survived by 13 loving nieces and nephews and 16 grandnieces and grandnephews. Eddie was born in Dorchester in 1945. A graduate of St. Mark's School, Boston Latin and the University of New England B.A. He started student teaching with his beloved Irish Dance teacher, Maureen Hansen Keohane at the age of 14, 2 years later he opened his own School of Irish Dancing. He was joined by his lifelong friend Liz Grady McGuire two years later to become Irwin/Grady and Irwin/McGuire School. Together they taught thousands of children and adults the joys of Irish Dancing. Their students performed all over the United States, Canada and Europe winning Regional, National and World Championships. He and Liz were famous for their brilliant choreographies and Dance/Dramas, as well as, solo and team dancing. He became an adjudicator and has been judging for forty years all over the world. He was a member of AN COIMISIUN, Dublin and Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America and of the New England Region. He has been the NE member of the Scholarship Program of IDTANA for the last 5 years. At the World Championships in 2009, Eddie and Liz were honored with the esteemed Gradam Lifetime Achievement Award. They are extremely proud of their 9 former students who are Certified Dance Teachers today. He always taught that enjoyment and making friendships around the world was vital to all of their students; along with their performance. Ed served in Vietnam in Hau Nghia Province during the "Tet Offensive" in 1968. He was a lifetime member of the DAV in Braintree. He last worked for the US Postal Service at the GMF in Boston. He was an avid sports fan; especially the Red Sox and Patriots. Family, friends and the Irish Dance Community are welcomed to a celebration of his life at a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Mark's Church, 1725 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester on Friday, July 11 at 10:30 A.M. Interment to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Visitation at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON, Thursday from 4:00 P.M. 8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eddie's name can be sent to Father's Bill's Place at 38 Broad Street, Quincy, MA 02169. For directions and an online guestbook please visit www.dolanfuneral.com.
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Dolan Funeral Home
460 Granite Avenue
East Milton, MA 02186
Published in Boston Herald on July 8, 2014