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Irvin Elmer Greenwood

Jun 6, 1929 - Jan 18, 2020

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
2:00 pm
Irvin’s Celebration of Life will be held at the First Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM.

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Memorial donations in Irvin’s name may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Rocky Mountain House Health Care Centre or charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary

Irvin Greenwood - June 6, 1929 - January 18, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Irvin Greenwood announced his passing on January 18, 2020 in the Rocky Mountain House hospital at 90 years of age, following a battle with COPD and Pancreatic Cancer.

Irvin was born June 6, 1929 in Lloydminster, Alberta to Dessie & Elmer Greenwood. They farmed in Paradise Valley, Alberta until 1935 when the family moved to the Beaver Flat District. 1939, was when Beaver Flat Ranch was started, Irvin farmed there until 1962 when he purchased the Jim Maconochie quarter, residing here until his passing.

Irvin was a very well self-taught man, and many neighbors’ came to him for advice and help whether it be in farming, machines, welding, vet skills and many other things. Irvin also enjoyed inventing, so when the farm got electricity, he was over the moon with possibilities. Many new pieces of equipment came into being.

Off the ranch, Irvin was involved with 4-H and Rocky Search & Rescue, but his real passion came with his involvement with Oxfam, Tools for Peace and United Farmers and Ranchers of Nicaragua. He and Lydia even took courses to study Spanish at the RDC, as they took many trips to Nicaragua to give out their donations.

Many other travels were had over his lifetime: cruises, trips from all points – all the way to Alaska to as far south as Costa Rica, and even drove to Nicaragua.

Irvin was a true humanitarian. He was always available to help anyone in a time of need. He lived by the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

Irvin was the best and was loved by all who knew him, He passed on many life lessons.

He was predeceased by his parents Elmer and Dessie Greenwood, Lois Greenwood, and their infant son Rodney, fiancé Maxine Coombes, brother Arnold Greenwood, Arnold's wife Betty, brothers-in-law Alf Miller and Roy Zuberbier.

Irvin is survived by his wife Lydia, son Kyle and his wife Suzanne, their children Sarah & Aaron; daughter Shelly and her husband Troy, their children Brooke Greenwood , Cassandra (Justin), their daughter: Kennedy Hermiston; Shelly’s step-children: Alicia, Justin (Shannon), Danielle & Rebekah Houle; step-daughters Michelle Ford, her sons Jordan & Jared; Della Condie, her children Wes (Sarah), & Jolene Deboer, step-sons: Tony, his daughters Ashley & Brienna, and Ted Condie; also eight great grandchildren, his sisters Evelyn Zuberbier and her husband Bill Butler and Darleen Miller-MacKenzie and her husband Bill MacKenzie, numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Irvin Greenwood’s life took place from the First Christian Reformed Church, Rocky Mountain House, Ab on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 PM, with Pastor Ken Duoma officiating. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium.

Memorial donations in Irvin’s name may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Rocky Mountain House Health Care Centre or charity of the donor's choice.



Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626

Condolences

Darleen & Bill MacKenzie:

Our Love and sympathy are with you Lydia,Kyle Suzanne & Family,Shelly Troy & Family,Michelle & family,Della & Family,Tony & Family, & Ted.
Irvin was your rock.He was my Big Brother and Best Friend who I have looked up to all my life. I will never forget the last 3 weeks of his life I spent by his bedside 24/7 in the hospital it was so special..He will be missed by everyone who knew him both near and far.
We all love you so much. RIP Big Guy.
Darleen & Bill and family

Melissa (Lynn) McCracken:

So sorry, Lydia, Kyle, Shelley, and families, to hear of Irvin's passing. He was a great neighbour to have, and he always seemed to have a twinkle in his eye. He will be very missed.

Paul peterson:

My condolences to Kyle and Suzanne Greenwood and rest of the Greenwood family.

Lloyd and Ruth Wagner:

Condolences to Lydia and the rest of the family. Irvin was the best friend one could have. Anyone knowing him will really understand what real generosity involves.

Donna Hunley:

Thinking of you Darlene and Evelyn and all the family. Remembering special times shared with the Greenwood family. RIP Irvin

Susan Hermiston:

On behalf of the Hermiston family in Kamloops BC we send our condolences for Irvin and his family. It was a pleasure to meet Irvin when my son Justin married Cassy. Visiting with him whenever I was in town was a blessing. May he rest in peace.

Susan

Cathy & Sam, Travis, Brian (Emily) (from Sault Ste. Marie) :

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Its been an honor to be part of his life. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. He will be missed.

Bill and Lynne Nimmo:

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Irvin. He was a great man who helped many and made a difference during his life.
Blessings to all.

Bill and Lynne Nimmo:

Deepest sympathy to Irvin's family and friends. We know he will be missed by each and every one of you. Irvin was a great man who made a lasting impression on the many whom he blessed with his presence. Blessings to all of you who mourn Irvin's passing.

Jon and Linda Yarwood:

Our condolences. Uncle Irvin was amazing. From helping me pick out my first calf to picking out the second calf a couple days later. To teaching me Spanish to just be a really amazing guy. We will miss you for ever. Lots of love.

Lonnie & Leslee Vose:

Our condolences to Lydia, Kyle, Shelley and families. Irvine was a real sweetheart who was always ready to help a friend. Sadly missed.

Joyce Zirk:

My condolences to all friends and families of Irvin. He was a great neighbour and friend and will be missed by all.

Evelyn Zuberbier :

My dear brother, Irvin, you have been such an important part of my life. My mentor, my best friend, my advisor. You were always there for me. I miss you already. I felt so privileged to spend the past two weeks helping care for you. We love you always.
Bill and Evelyn

Tony, Ashley, and Brienna Condie:

With our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and community, it's a tremendous loss to all. As a father, grandfather, and great grandfather know to many as Dad or Papa, Irvin was a family man. You didn't need to be raised or related to Irvin to be a part of his family, his big heart would let everyone in to be a part of this. His door always open if you needed help, a hug, or just a visit, he was always there! You will be deeply missed by many Papa, but never forgotten! We love you so much! Tony, Ashley, and Brienna

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