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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Irwin D. Nelson


Memorial Contributions

Alzheimer's Association
225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, Illinois 60601


In Memory of Irwin D. Nelson. Loving husband of over fifty years to the late Ruth and patriarch of four generations. His charm and wit endeared him to all he met. He brought out our best without us even realizing. Musicians he saw often dedicated songs to him in performance. His storytelling was engrossing and his timing impeccable; he could always make you laugh. He was a musical talent at a young age on violin and piano. As an engineer during WWII in Europe, his love of music never left him. He taught counterpoint at the GI University in Biarritz, France at war's end. He strolled through life in a light unhurried manner. Yet in contrast, he was a driver of uncanny ability, way before Google maps, who could always make better time than anyone. He lived every day and even found a second love late in life. He had been called dad, uncle, grandpa, great grandpa and even great-great grandpa... as well as "Mr. Easy", "Mr. Vegas" and lastly "The Chairman". We will never forget Irwin. Private graveside services were held at Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 would be appreciated. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Leon Kubacki

So very sorry to hear of our loss. I will always remember Irwin as a man of strong character, integrity, and charm. He and his witty storytelling were the best and will be missed!

Brian Schiff

Grandpa Irwin, I will always remember your quick wit and big heart. Love you. You will be missed.

Rosemary Garcia

My condolences to his son and daughter-in-law, who are my long time close friends. I understand he was a nice very man, with a lively personality. It's difficult losing a loved one, especially the patriarch of ones family.

David and Robin Stein

It was always a pleasure to see Irwin coming out to hear music, inspirational actually. Into his mid 90â??s and never a complaint about aches or pains. On the contrary,Irwin ALWAYS had that gleam in his eye and , oh, that Slick smile!!! Our condolences to the family. . May your memories of Irwin be a comforting blessing.

Michael Bychowski

Iâ??m very sorry to hear of Irwin passing away. It was always a pleasure to see Irwin come out to hear some great music, exchange a handshake or celebrate a birthday! May you rest in Peace Irwin. God Bless you! ð??

Thomas Saviano

He was a great man that he likes to eat and down to earth and had smiled all time you see . Amen. S

gerardo gallegos

good bye my dear friend ,I know I will miss asking you questions about your adventures as a child growing up at the Douglas park neighborhood .and your contributions on the war effort as a soldier on the frontline in Germany, junie and I were always happy to see you and we will miss your smiling face and humor.

Abed Khan

Had a privalage of meeting him once with his son Steve my good friend and golf buddy(May your departed soul Rest In Peace) and god give the courage and strength to Steve to bear the loss of IRVIN

Joyce and Jeff Lazzari

We met Irwin a few years ago through our good friends, Steve and Gayle. Irwin was such a sweet man, fun, and would come up with some great lines and phrases about anything and everything!!!! He loved music, especially "Classical Blast", a string band featuring violin and cello. Irwin made a lot of friends through music accompanying Steve and Gayle. He always looked forward to music events!!!! It was a pleasure to meet this wonderful and kind man!!!! Rest In Peace, Irwin. You will always live in our Hearts. We always loved seeing and talking with you!!!! Love, Joyce and Jeff

Jennifer Gulbransen

I had the great fortune to have met Irwin in the best of circumstances. He will be remembered as an exceptionally interesting, open-minded and overall cool guy. See you soon, Irwin! With love, Jennifer

Glory Taylor

My family and I are blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing Irwin Nelson. I met him in more recent years but have always seen Irwin as a special man who has created a family-life of kindness, music and happiness. I say this because we have seen the love bestowed upon him by Gayle and Steve and the special and kind relationship they share. Together Steve, Gayle and Irwin have been actively enjoying events as avid music lovers attending and supporting all types of musical events. It is always a gift to see sweet Irwin with his glorious bouffant and flowing hair, charming smile, sparkling aura and gentle disposition. Thanks always for your light and love.
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