Irwin Arthur Stavin

by | Jul 18, 2016 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Irwin Arthur Stavin passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on July 11, 2016.

He was the son of Reuven and Sarah Ephraim Stavin. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on May 13, 1919.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Gertrude Gussoff Stavin. He is also survived by his children, Dottie Goldman (Chuck), and Richard Stavin (Dea); grandchildren, David Goldman, Laura Wingett (Marc), Danielle Stavin, and Justin Stavin; and great grandchildren, Harrison and Brendan Wingett.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His family was everything to him. He was a man of high integrity and moral conviction who always did the right thing. Irwin will always be remembered for his amazing stories, sense of humor and fancy footwork on the dance floor.

Irwin had a long, wonderful life; some of the highlights of which were meeting his sweetheart Gertrude and serving our country as a decorated WWII B29 pilot. The US Army was in need of flight instructors and Irwin was one of a select group of 400 out of 16,000 cadets to be part of General Hap Arnold’s Guinea Pigs known as the class of 42x. He survived a crash landing in the Pacific on July 13, 1945. In a true circle of life, we say our final good-bye to him on July 13.

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