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"Up, up the long delirious burning blue; I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew; And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high, untrespassed sanctity of space; Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE JR. '40, FROM THE POEM "HIGH FLIGHT"

Man of Avon: Vincent Irwin '53

Vincent Joseph Irwin, III of West Hartford, CT passed away peacefully on June 12, 2022. He was 86 years old. Vincent was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1935 and was a graduate of Avon Old Farms School and Trinity College in Connecticut. He was a veteran of the US Army, stationed overseas in Germany in 1958. He worked for the State of Connecticut for 40 years with clockwork regularity. During his long retirement, he enjoyed an active outdoor life. He was an enthusiast of cycling, canoeing, kayaking, and camping. He supported animals and wildlife habitat restoration. A member of the Arbor Day Foundation since the 1970s, he had a special affinity for Catalpa trees. Vincent was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent J. Irwin, Jr. and Mary M.W. Irwin. He will join them at their resting place in Oak Grove Cemetery (Springfield). He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Felicita Madera Flores Irwin of West Hartford, and their children: Judith Madera (Donal Mulcahy), Anita Winters (Jason Wrubleski), David Irwin, and Charles Irwin (Richard Herrod). He was a loving grandfather to Stella Splettstoesser, Nicola Mulcahy, Bridget Mulcahy, Lucia Mulcahy, Althaea Irwin, Silas Irwin, and Aidan Wrubleski. He will be missed by his neighbors and many extended family members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Vincent is remembered for his humor and kindness to God's creatures. He did not want a funeral but said he could always use prayers.

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