In Memoriam

Robert Irwin
Robert Irwin, BSc'48, MSc(Agr)'51
February 5, 1926 - July 5, 2020

Rob was proud of his UBC education and inspired his sons and many of his grandchildren to pursue their post secondary education, many of them at UBC.

Rob was predeceased by Joan, his wife of 63 years (2017), and their daughter Amelia Louise (1956), and is survived by his four sons, Steven (UBC BSc’85, MSc’90), Paul, David ( UBC BSc’80, MD’84, FRCPC 1990) and Thomas (UBC LLB’82), seven grandchildren, Sharon, Christopher, Geoffrey (UVic BA), Daniel (UBC BA’15, Mercyhurst MSc’17) Nicholas (UBC BSc hons.’16, Phd’20, Oxford MSc’20), Liam (UBC BSc’19, MSc’20, PhD’25 candidate, science) and Colin (UBC environmental engineering ’24 student), and seven great grandchildren, Ada, Ruby, Amelia, Oliver, Audrey, Callum, and Lachlan.

Rob was born in Chilliwack into a third generation dairy farming family. After graduating from UBC he continued to work in the dairy industry for Jersey Farms, Canada Safeway (Lucerne milk production), and Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association (Dairyland), until his retirement in 1992. While director of Laboratory and Farm services at Dairyland, Rob hired a number of UBC gold-medal-winning graduates of the Food Science program and was a mentor to many.

While at UBC he joined the UBC ski club and downhill skiing became a lifelong passion for Rob and Joan, who spent much of their time at the Whistler Chalet, which Rob designed and built. Rob skied Whistler and Blackcomb well into his 80s with Joan and their sons and grandchildren.

“Bobby,” as he was known to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, will be deeply missed by his family.