WAKE:Tuesday, July 9th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM

FUNERAL MASS: Wednesday, July 10th, 10:00 A.M.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, East Norwalk

BURIAL: with military honors, in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue

CONTRIBUTIONS: St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, So. Norwalk, CT 06854

Donald J. Irwin

September 7, 1926 ~ July 7, 2013


Former Norwalk Mayor and 4th District Congressman

Donald J. Irwin, 86, died Sunday, July 7th, in his East Norwalk home. He was the husband of Janet Caldwell Fragale Irwin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 10:00 A.M.  in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, East Norwalk. Burial with military honors will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Friends may visit Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.

Memorial contributions are requested to St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, So. Norwalk, CT 06854

 PLEASE READ ‘THE HOUR’ July 9th, Front Page Article by Francis X. Fay, Jr.


  1. To the Irwin family,
    I met Don at the Oak Hills tennis courts in the early 70s’. In reading Dons’ obituary I realize this was such a small part of his life but he made such an impression on me I feel compelled to share it with you.
    I was 18 at the time and like most 18 year olds unsure of my identity. My brother who was 5 years my senior had gotten me into playing tennis and we became part of the Oak Hills Tennis Association. There was a new, young regime running the tournaments at the time and a bond was formed amongst all involved, Don being as much a part of it as anyone.
    He was as passionate about his game as the best players out there. His battle cry became familiar to all that participated for whenever he missed a shot, in his booming voice would shout “Oh Donald”.
    Whenever “Oh Donald” resounded across the courts it always brought a smile to our faces and at the very least provided an excuse for our own missed shots. But off the courts with Don is what really sticks in my mind. Being in conversation with a man of his stature at such a young age I remember how soft spoken, genuine and sincere he was in discussing any number of subjects and how comfortable he made me feel, as if I had known the man my whole life. It emphasized to me how that’s the way to be.
    Seeing his picture on the front page of today’s’ Norwalk Hour I instinctively looked to the heavens and shouted Oh Donald. I have a feeling I’m not the only one. It was an honor to be a small part of such a dignified man as Dons’ life. The life lesson has stayed with me ever since.
    Chip Swain

    July 9, 2013
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