Irwin Jacob Schulz
May 25, 1925 – September 17, 2017
IRWIN JACOB SCHULZ, 92, of Abbotsford, BC went “strolling over heaven”* to be with his Lord and Savior on September 17, 2017.
Irwin was born during a thunderstorm in Greenfarm, Sask on May 25, 1925 to parents Dietrich D. & Sarah Schulz and lived out his childhood in Herbert, Sask.
He loved his siblings dearly and missed those that predeceased him and they are: Edwin (Alvira) (Grace) (Yolanda) Schulz, Esther Ewert, Edgar Jost, Olga & John Forth, Metro Panchuk.
He was also predeceased by his niece Shelley Ewert.
He is survived by Milton Ewert of Three Hills, AB; Lillian Jost of Abbotsford; Mikki (Paul) Engleman of Mesa, CA; Dorothy Panchuck of Calgary, AB; Doug & Annie Schulz of St. Catherines, ON.
Irwin was a jack of all trades and he mastered a few of them. An avid salesman, Irwin sold countless products door to door but excelled at car sales at MSA Motors and men’s wear at Hooge’s Drygoods Store.
Quality built homes were an asset to many home buyers on Abbotsford streets especially during the late 1960’s when a housing boom created a viable living for his family of six. Entrepreneur minded, Irwin began a new venture as owner/operator of the Chelsea House Steak House Restaurant which was sold in 1974 and spurred the final career change. Home decor with wallpaper and paint spruced up many a home in the sixteen year span until his retirement in 1990.
Travel was a huge part of Irwin’s life and a highlight trip to the Philippines gave opportunity to meet, face to face, with the late, great Mohammed Ali just before the “Thriller in Manila” fight took place.
Of course, all through his life, since 1950 he was never the same when he met and married his beautiful surviving wife, Margaret, who has been at his side every step of the way, every day for 67 years.
She will miss him immensely.
His is also survived by his four children: Don (Noreen) Schulz of Abbotsford with their four grandchildren/spouses and eight greats; Deb (Wes) Johnson of Kelowna with their two grandchildren/spouses and three greats; Anthony Schulz of Abbotsford and his three grandchildren; Teresa (Bob) Frederickson of McBride with two grandchildren/spouses and eight greats.
Irwin is survived by countless nieces and nephews as his family continues to thrive and grow.
In honour of Irwin’s wishes, a private Celebration of Life will be held on September 30th for his closest friends and family members.
*from Alan Jackson CD of Hymns.