Lt. Ronald E. Irwin
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In Loving Memory Lt. Ronald E. Irwin March 15, 1952 - March 8, 2008 My beloved husband, father, and friend. Lt. Ronald E. Irwin was an extraordinary individual who was loved by all that knew him. His selflessness and love of God enabled him to touch the lives of many people that he came across. His love for his family set the foundation for his determination to achieve great things. Although he is no longer with us his legacy will continue on through many generations, for he has instilled in us a love for life, and an educational foundation that will allow us to strive for bigger and better things in life just as he did. My husband, father, and friend may not be here in flesh, but we know his spirit will forever live on in our hearts and souls. So on this day Sunday March 15th we say Happy Birthday to a man like no other. Lt. Ronald E. Irwin, my husband, our father, our friend. We love and miss you. With Love, Wanda, Le'Ron, Kareesa, Kareena, Kytisha and your Grandchildren

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Mar. 15, 2009.
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March 15, 2021
Not a day goes by that you are not thought of. Miss and love you Kytisha
Kytisha Stelly
November 22, 2015
As I come close to another Thanksgiving, I take this time to think of you, and wish how I would give anything just to spend this special day with you. you're not just an uncle to me, but I've always called you my dad. I miss you so much.
Nordia Turpin
April 27, 2010
Our Angel- As we see you drift away and not ready to say goodbye. Our smiles are not so bright and our souls are not so high. We'll miss you o'so dearly , but you were more than a family member. A Husband , A Father , A bestfriend we'll all remember. Now our tears are dry and our hearts are fully open , our Father has looked down upon us and you are the one he has chosen. Now you are laid to rest and will be truly missed always in our hearts and that makes us blessed. With open arms we realese you Ron and watch you float so high , instead of a wave and saying goodbye , we blow a kiss to you so high.
Deaunna Duncan
April 18, 2010
Sometimes we question the things God allow to happen like things in life in general. Asking God Why? Isaiah 55: 8-9 God says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,"says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Ron was placed in your lives for a reason and a season and touched many lives in different ways. For me, to sit and spend quality time with Ron was a blessing from the Lord. He would always share stories about God and life, no matter the situation or problem. For those who knew Ron, we can always look back and see how he touched and effected our lives in so many ways. Remember, he will always be a part of us, in heart and spirit. To Wanda, LaRon, and Carrissa, our prayer is that God will continue to strengthen and keep you. To your family remember that God will never take you where his Grace will not keep you. We want you to know how much we love and respect your family
God Bless You
Love your friends Kelvin and Olympia
kelvin Leonard
April 6, 2010
In memory of my cuz Lt.Ron Irwin I was very proud of you in every since of the word. Ron you was truly a hard working man,husband, father and family member. I think of one time I came to visit and Ron offer us the opportunity to go to Friends & Family Day on the ship.I didn't want to get up that early to GO, but I did.I was so impress with all the respect Ron received from hie ship mates and how special they made us feel.Ron was a special person whenever you came in contact with him and family, they made you feel welcome whenever you enter their Home.I just want you to know how special Ron made me feel and I trudy miss him! Rest on,job well done,Lt.Ron Irwin Husband,Father,Family Member And A GREAT PERSON to have known.Missing you but will see you again!
Love Cuz Pam
March 20, 2010
Supply Aviation Division led by LT Ron Irwin
Wanda and Irwin Family my heart continues to go out to you and your family. LT. Ron Irwin was not just my Division Officer onboard USS WASP, he was my friend, mentor, and although he was only 13 years older than me, he was also a father figure. A humble MAN, FATHER, HUSBAND, former Chief Petty Officer, and Naval Officer, who was admired and respected by many. It's so ironic that I really only knew LT for less than 8 months, or should I say that LT was physically in my life for less than 8 months and the strength of his personality and character has impacted me in a tremendous way and is truly hard to explain. I can only say Thank You to GOD for allowing LT Ron Irwin to be in my life. I can recall all the times that he and I played ping pong, went shopping overseas, worked late hours to prepare for a big inspection, or listened to Donnie Hathaway, but I only want to say this; Thank you Irwin Family for sharing your husband, your father, your son, your brother, and your leader and man of GOD with me I have truly been blessed to know LT Ronald E. Irwin.

Truly With Love,

James D. Harris
11 Robins Egg Court
Columbia, SC 29229
James Harris
March 15, 2010
Wanda our loving thoughts are with you and the family.
We can only say how much we will miss Ron as well. No words can express how much a part of your life Ron was, and will always be. Ron was a jewel among us, always giving us a shining example of kindness, caring, loving, and fun. He always sent emails checking in on us. He was so thoughtful.
Although distance and time took us in different directions through life, he always kept in touch. Even though the time we spent with Ron was all too infrequent. When we all got together our bonds were reinforced by the simplest of hugs, or a kiss on the cheek. He made us welcome no matter what.
God gave us a true person that remains with us through the rest of our lives.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Hold on to those wonderful memories of Ron.
May God Bless you and keep providing you with strength to keep moving forward.

Love and Prayers Always,
Red & Patrice Robinson
March 15, 2010
Well today is your birthday,I know that Heaven is having a great celebration today,we miss you down here on earth. Sometimes we may think that we can't go on (God says>I will direct your steps(Proverbs3:5-6) And yes Ron I'm still taking care of your WIFE. Loving U! Freida
March 15, 2010
Ron was a very loving and caring uncle. I miss the fact he was always trying to recruit me into the Navy every chance that he got. No matter what he wanted only for us to succedd in life and be happy. He will be so missed, but always in my heart
Nicole Bolden
March 15, 2010
Uncle Ron I miss you and love you
Taneisha Croxton
March 15, 2010
Ron you will be missedbut always kept in our hearts
Mack and Michele Bolden
March 12, 2010
If someone would ask me what is the definition of a real man, I would say LT. RONALD E. IRWIN, why - because he love God, he fulfilled the shoes of being a son, he gave his all being a brother, he stood very very tall being a loving husband, caring father, a honorable grandfather, and still spreading his love being a uncle, son in law, brother in law, friend, neighbor and co-worker, and still continue to walk serving our country, a real man all wrapped in one body - LT. RONALD E. IRWIN - a guardian angel - LT. RONALD E. IRWIN. Ron, you are truely missed.

Wanda, I truely feel your pain, your emptiness, the hurt, but if it wasn't for the peace and love of ALL MIGHTY GOD, I don't know where I would be, Wandi, continue to seek God, His peace, and He will comfort you.

To the children and family, continue to seek and trust God and cast all your cares and burdens to Him.

Friends, continue to pray for the Irwin family.

Love You All.
Robin Jones
March 12, 2010
I can’t imagine what you and your family went through, but I do care and realize the pain it caused. Mr. Irwin always had such a great smile on his face and brought smiles upon all of us who knew him. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. God Bless
Angela Vasquez
March 11, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
gwendolyn hines
March 11, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
sadie scott
March 11, 2010
LCDR Irwin
Shlonak Sadiki!! First let me tell you I did everything you told me to do, and I made the rank. I know you worked hard for it because we discussed a lot about it while in country together. I miss strumming the guitar with you and I hate that we butt heads so much out there. I went to see you in Arlington on Veterans day last year. Tried to see you again on Memorial day but my bike broke down on the way. I regret not being more forceful with you about your guitar. One day I will play that surprise tune we practiced together for Wanda and your daughter. You taught me so much in that year in Iraq and I mourn your loss every time I hear taps and on Memorial day and on Veterans day. Keep looking after us when we are in harms way, I know you are our Guardian Angel. Femalah Naqeeb Irwin -
LCDR Ken Vargas, CEC, USN
Ken Vargas
March 10, 2010
It seems just like yesterday I was asking you to be Zamia's soccer coach. It seems just like yesterday you were putting covers on all the sockets in the house to keep the kids from getting hurt. It seems just like yesterday you were sitting on my couch talking to me about school and life in general.
But that was two years ago, before you left to go home. Although we can't sit down and talk I just wanted you to know that you are always on my mind and forever in my heart. I guess that is why 2 years ago seems like it was just yesterday.
To my father I will always love you. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.

Love, Kytisha
Kytisha Johnson-Stelly
March 7, 2010
Ron,itis been two years since you went to your heavenly home. We still missyou stopping by on your way home after work. Sometimes to just sit and talk, or eat a meal with us.
Although we only knew you for a short period of time, we were blessed to have you as a friend.
Wanda,I hope to one day see the light back in your eyes.
Ron will always be with you in spirit and in your heart and you can see him in LeRon and Kareesa for they a so much like him.
We are here for you always.
Carolyn and Claude.
Carolyn Irby
March 7, 2010
Ron, I remember when I gave you A Philadelphia Eagel tissue cover in which you place on your desk at work. This little gift made you so Happy! God Bless
Denise Bolden
March 7, 2010
Dear Wanda,

Since I've known you and Ronald, I've known him as referred to Ephesians 5 verses 25-33. May God bless you and your family.

Your brother in Christ,
Reginald Lee
March 5, 2010
Hey Wanda, Its been years since we've seen each other, but that doesn't seperate my heart from yours. I love you, but God loves you more. He is awesome and may he continue to give you strength to maintain in your physical form. My mom said she spoke to you the other day and I was pretty happy about that. Well know that on behalf of me and my family, we are here for you. Also, if you ever wanted to vacation in Houston, you are more than welcome at my home. Love ya
Jonella Graves
March 5, 2010
Dear Ron,
You and Wanda are a part of my family. Time has passed but my love for you has not decreased and I realize that it never will my Brother. A boxing match was on this past week and this was one of the many positive reminders of our good times together. I know we are supposed to rejoice when the Lord takes us to be with him in a Better Place but it is very hard! You will always live through your loved ones and be a major part of our lives just as you did when you were here with us. Until we meet again my friend.....
Love always - Mavion & Maleia
Mavion Moore
March 5, 2010
Ron, My Friend, I truly miss you and our chats. You always made the Saturday night card games more enjoyable. You were always there for my family while I was away and I will always be there for yours.
Ron Stinson
March 5, 2010
March 5, 2010

I never knew you, I've heard so many wonderful things about you and your lovely wife. I hope one day that I can find a love like the one you and Wanda shared. I know Wanda is pressing her way through these days because of what you all shared. Wanda stay strong always know he's your angel watching over you every day.
Michelle Evans
March 4, 2010
My Dear Son-in-law Ron,you was like a son to me. As we must walk a lonely path through shadow for awhile without certain kindrey voice,a dear familiar smile.We never walk along with memory travel with us. never before you are unforgetable. You was my ROCK. Son I miss you! You made a diffrent in my LIFE! Mother Johnson
March 4, 2010
Well today is your birthday,I know that Heaven is having a great celebration today,we miss you down here on earth. Sometimes we may think that we can't go on (God says>I will direct your steps(Proverbs3:5-6) And yes Ron I'm still taking care of your WIFE. Loving U! Freida
March 3, 2010
Ron, It still seems unbelievable that you are no longer her with us physically althouth I definitely know you are here spritually. I can stioll remeber the way Wanda's and your love for each other had a profound effect on everyone you came in contact with. I can still hear you saying your favorite words, "I LOVE MY WIFE" LOL. This among other things you will be remember for and for that we are all eternally grateful. Love you friend Antoinette Nock
Antoinette Nock
March 3, 2010
Daddy, You will always be an incomparable individual. Your absence has been one of the most difficult realities of this existence. Now I hold onto every memory. My gratitude and thankfulness is infinite, knowing that I was ever so blessed to have come into this world with you as my Father. I experienced such joys of getting to know you and learning from you,often trying diligently to make you proud .I often wish that my dreams are not just a series of images passing through my mind and that you were really back with me, laughing and being there for even more memories.Those dreams are often too real to envision. You are always thought of and my missing you goes without end, visualizing every detail of your face with every one of those thoughts. Though you are not here physically, I can walk with my head a little higher knowing that I have such a charming angel watching over me with the most loving and warming wings
Kareena Irwin
March 2, 2010
Hi my big brother its almost two years now since you depart this life.I realy miss you, I miss the good times we have sharing the word,and also miss your voice calling me on how to make gravy when cooking ,or when you are baking your jamaica fruit cake you would call to find out if you have got it right,sorry I wont hear those words again but you have been call to a higher calling,you are like the apostle Paul,when the Lord said Ron you have fought a good fight,you have finish your course,you have kept the faith,and so there is a reward await you,I just imagine the look on your facewhen those words said to you.I know I will see you one day.May the blessing of God continue to be with his family.
Joan Turpin
February 28, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a great man who really 'went the distance' for the soccer teens he coached and players/parents certainly appreciated it. May God bless his family, they certainly have an angel in heaven to intercede for them.
The Aducci family
February 28, 2010
Brother Ron, Thanks for the times you shared your life with us. Your love for Christ and dedication to the study his word opened up an avenue for us to seek further studies. Many in our congregation have gone on to get Doctors, Masters, and BS degrees through Patriot University you introduced us to. We will always love you.
Hoover Hawkins
February 15, 2010
In memory of my beloved friend, mentor, and shipmate, Ron I just want to let you know that I miss you and that I am very thankful for the memories. You took me under your wings when I was a 17 year old inexperienced Sailor onboard the USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) back in 1990, and to this day I give God the Glory for your influence that you had on my life.
I try to make sense of what happened to you but quickly realized that God was ready for you to come home. Thank you for all that you did here on this earth and I know you are in Heaven looking and watching over us. One Love my good Jamaican Friend.
Garfield Christie
February 8, 2010
Big Brother, it's been almost two years since you left us. The pain of losing you is still there, just not as intense now. I continue to have good and bad days. Sometimes, when I think a lot about losing you, I break down and cry.

Ron, I miss hearing your voice, saying "My sweet sister", or "Little Sis". I will never forget seeing your smile and feeling the unconditional love you have always shown me. In my heart, I have to believe God is in control and this all happened according His plan.

Ron, you will always be my favorite and number one brother. You are in my thoughts and in my heart. I will always love you, my Big Brother.
Liz Irwin Dows (Little Sis)
February 3, 2010
Ron, i often reflect back to that phone conversation you and i had just a month before your passing, the very words you spoke are still clear in my mind. It was like we had never lost contact over the years. We picked up right where you left off, talking about how much you LOVED your beautiful wife Wanda. All I could do was laugh!! I was just in awe to know that true love really did exist. Your voice,your laughter, and your excitement to have me come down to visit was all so heartwarming. It would have truly been an honor to see you again. I just kept thinking what a great man you were to have such a BIG heart, always reaching out to others to show your kindness and generosity. You and Wanda were a lot a like in that way. A match made in heaven! The last thing you asked me was, Pam, When are you coming down so I can show you a good time? And I replied, I will be down in the summer. Well Ron, I didn't make it down to see you in Virginia, but, I guarantee I will make it UP to see you in Heaven; because the TWO things you and I had in common was, we both loved your wife, and we both love the LORD, JESUS CHRIST. Luke6:23 reads,
Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold,your reward is great in heaven:. So my friend, to be absent from the body, is to present with the Lord. We shall meet again!
With fond memories, and much love you will always be in my heart.
Pamela Chase
February 1, 2010
To lose you, my father, was the last thing I thought of but I guess I have to face reality. I knew you were going to leave to a better place eventually but never so soon. It seems like just yesterday when we played soccer together and the next day your gone. Now I just look up and see you looking down amongst us, our guardian angel.
Kareesa Irwin
February 1, 2010
Big Brother Ron, God knows that I truly love and miss you! I remember vividly you entering the sanctuary declaring, "Praise Him!" The times we spent sharing the Word and believing God for our Families was priceless! Wands, don't fret, Big Bro. Ron is with the Lord and we will see him again! Meanwhile, rejoice and continue the work the God has anointed you to do! Truly, Big Brother did his! Agape', your lil sis. Karen
Karen Scott
February 1, 2010
Ron:As time goes by and I looked at your life and your death. I do not understand a lot of things but even in your death you are still teaching me things about life. I miss you and I thank you for taking the time to teach me how to hold my first cricket bat and how to hold my first cricket ball. I thank you for showing up to all my sunlight cup games, soccer games,my table tennis games and even when I did not live up to my expectations you never let me feel inadequate or that I could not compete. I thank you for instilling in me the courage, determination and the passion to succeed in whatever I set out to do. I can still hear your words " You are Irwin" you do not know how to lose and because of your encouragement and by the grace of God, I am, what I am today. I thank you,I miss you and I will always love. " A trauma can do one of two things: It can close communication and build walls, or it can pull your family closer together if you open communication lines and build bridges of love between one another". I chose to open communication, because I look forward to seeing you again my brother.
God blees and rest in peace.
David Irwin
May 16, 2009
Ron: As the days and weeks pass, we realise it's been a year without you (brother) that the lord saw it fit to call you home.

We can say there's no more tears of sadness; however we all know that's not true. It's now enternal life for you and we now have to accept it because the lord needed a gentle angel and it's you.

Your mannerism, sense of humor, gentle meakness and loyalty to which you displayed not only to Wanda and your children but to everyone life that cometh your way. You will always be remembered in so many ways and never forgotten.

We thanks God for having to know you and bringing apart of yours and Wanda life. The continuous love of friends and family will carry Wanda, the children and grand-children. Until then my brother!
Harold & Pearline Griffiths
May 3, 2009
Shipmate! We miss you and the #1 Ship will never be the same. I will always remember our conversations.
Ricky Shilo
April 16, 2009
I thank God for allowing me the honor of Pastoring, Brother Ron. He was a blessing to both me and the Faith FOr Living Body! His physical presence is missed but I know that spiritually, he is always present with the Body of Christ! Truly his family remains in my heart and in my prayers.
Pastor Deloris L. Borum
Pastor Deloris Borum
April 15, 2009
Time goes by quickly, But memories last a life time. I'll never forget waiting to meet you for the first time at Frieda's house,you were going to cook us a jamaician dish. And the rum you brought in with you-I felt no pain as I pured extra,,, You will surely be remembered and missed forever.
Kathleen Morris
April 9, 2009
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Nordia Turpin
April 7, 2009
April 7,2009.
A year has passed but we still look for you to stop by our house on your way home from duty.
But we know that you are with our Heavenly Father and that you are watching over your family and friends.
Claude&Carolyn Irby
April 7, 2009
Ron, We missed you at the wedding but we know you were there in spirit. We know that having Wanda there was because of you. We know that if we can have half of the marraige that you two shared we shall be blessed through all eternity. I bless God for having known you and we'll continue to hold Wanda up in our prayers.
Iris & Jerome Wilkerson
March 24, 2009
Timothy & Deborah Harris
March 18, 2009
It has been a year now since you have been away. But knowing that I will see you again hurts, because i wish it was sometime soon. I miss you and so do the boys (Jameer & Jaeden). They talk about you and always tell me your an angel now. But until we're together again, just know your son is doing well and keep watching over me and the family.
Le'Ron Irwin
March 16, 2009
He was one of the best and I am so glad to have known him.
Alfred Ferguson
March 15, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Freida Robinson
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