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Irwin was born August 5, 1926 to Irwin W. Pike, II and Ruth M Cole of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and always held fond memories of the area.

Irwin, who passed away at his Carmel residence May 25th,was a man dedicated to hard work, honesty and providing for his family. Mary (Love), his wife of 55 years, daughters; Julia, wife of Howard Soule, Mary & husband Michael Holt and children Sarah and Benjamin, all of Carmel. Sons; David Pike of Plymouth his children Anna Stevens, Angela and David Pike and granddaughter Noah Stevens, Peter Pike (Deceased 01/16/05) father of Nicholas and Zachary of Orono and James & Glory Pike and daughter Jessica of Old Town, will miss his wisdom and cherish the memories.

Dad was a man who believed in principles and lived by them but he maintained his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye throughout his battle with Parkinson Disease.

Irwin was a WWII Army Veteran who served in the Philippines upon returning home he graduated from Foxcroft Academy and then from The Massachusetts Technical Institute. He went on to become a master electrician working for the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad for 38 years as well as for himself. While at the Railroad he served as president of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for a number of years. When he wasn’t working or tinkering he loved to fish, hunt, Camp, tell stories tend his bees (was a life member of the Maine State Bee Association) and gardens (served as a board member of the Penobscot County Extension).

Irwin was a Master Mason for 57 years. He was raised May 20, 1948 Mosaic Lodge #52 in Dover-Foxcroft. Irwin affiliated with Benevolent Lodge #87 in 1964 and was master in 1971. He received his life membership June 11, 1998. He was a member Anah Temple Shrine and their Past Masters Unit. He was also a life Member of Piscataquis Royal Arch Chapter #21 of Dover Foxcroft and a member of St. John’s Commandery #3 of Bangor. Irwin also served three terms as Worthy Patron of John R Chase Chapter of the Eastern Star in Carmel was a life member and had belong for 55 years to the order.

As a resident of Carmel Irwin served on the town’s volunteer fire department, several town boards and was the town’s first Code Enforcement Officer.

A thank you to special friends, Clement and Diane Richardson, Allen McGown, and Ray (Kippy) and Nancy Cunningham and cousin Jean and her husband Joe Megquire your continued visits added so much to Dad’s final days and was a comfort to the family.

There will be a Masonic Funeral Service on June 25th at 2:00PM at the Carmel Congregational Church, 37 Plymouth Road in Carmel followed by a celebration of Irwin’s life by his family and friends at the Masonic Hall, 19 Plymouth Road in Carmel Village.

In remembrance of Irwin please make any donations to the Benevolent Lodge Building fund c/o Marvin Graves, PO Box 214, Carmel, ME 04419

Burial will be private. A service of Crosby & Neal in Newport.

A Masonic service will be held 2 PM Saturday, June 25th at the Carmel Union Congregational Church, 37 Plymouth Road, Carmel, followed by a celebration of Irwin’s life by his family and friends at the Benevolent Masonic Lodge, 19 Plymouth Road, Carmel. A service of Crosby & Neal, Newport.

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