Tuesday, November 13, 2007
William G. Irvin Jr., who worked as business manager and treasurer at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Northwest
Washington from 1953 to 1983, died of heart disease Oct. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was 91.
Prior to his tenure at the church, Mr. Irvin was a home builder. He built a significant number of houses in the Woodside Park
section of Silver Spring.
A history published by the Woodside Park Civic Association said one of his homes became a model for other Irvin-built homes
in Woodside Forest. It "had six rooms, breakfast room, two baths, and first floor lavatory. It was described as 'quality built for a
careful buyer' and 'an excellent house in a community of fine homes," the history recounted.
Mr. Irvin was a native Washingtonian who first lived in the city's Petworth neighborhood and moved to the home his father built in
the Chevy Chase section of Northwest Washington in 1923. He lived the remaining 84 years of his life in that home.
He graduated from Western Senior High School and George Washington University. He served in the Army's Counter
Intelligence Corps and was stationed in Germany at the end of World War II.
After the war, he returned to the building business for a few more years before working at the church.
A member of Chevy Chase Presbyterian since childhood, he was acknowledged earlier this year as the longest-tenured
member of the church.
After his retirement, Mr. Irvin served as a volunteer with the Friendship Fire Association, providing relief and support to D.C.
firefighters at the scene of major fires and emergencies. Besides responding to emergency incidents, he also served as the
organization's secretary and treasurer.
His wife of more than 50 years, Jane Irvin, died in 2001.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Irvin of Garrett Park and Peter Irvin of Washington; and two grandchildren.
-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb