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William Joseph Irwin III, of Cedar, passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids. Bill was born on Dec. 3, 1948 in Detroit, the son of William Joseph and Louise Stevens (Woods) Irwin.
After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in economics at University of Detroit, Bill had an array of interests and hobbies including being a member of Knights of Columbus, Prospector's Club, past president of the Little Traverse Lake Association and was on the board of directors for General Credit Union. Bill loved to talk, and talk, and talk, which is fitting because he built his career in Telecom.
Afterwards, Bill didn't really retire - instead, together with his children, Bill ran Irwin Construction Company building homes in Leelanau County.
He adored his daughter and three sons and inspired them with his love of travel, showing them around the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. Many of his travels also included sailing, a passion in his life.
Bill never knew a stranger and could remember the smallest details and stories of people. His outgoing nature could be seen in his smile and in the twinkle of his eye. Bill was a dreamer who lived only in the now and for the future.
Bill is survived by his children, Michelle, William IV, Ryan and Shawn Irwin; grandchildren, William V and Conor Irwin; sisters, Mary Lou Landry, Margaret Bullington and Catherine Irwin; and brother, Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Irwin.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m., at Martinson Funeral Home, Suttons Bay. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., with family greeting friends one hour prior, at St. Mary of the Assumption, Lake Leelanau. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. Fr. Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Leelanau Children's Center, care of Bill Irwin, PO Box 317, Leland, MI 49654.
Please share condolences with the Irwin family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on September 20, 2017
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