Saturday, September 22, 2012

Irving Fine, R.I.P.





Uncle Irving was one of my father's four brothers.  Granny had five boys.  Irving was born with Cerebral Palsy and impaired hearing.  He died today at the age of 85.  He lived with my Granny until she died at the age of 99.  One of his brothers and his kids took him into their families and he was in very very good and loving hands.  Thanks so much to the Marshall Fines' for all you did for Uncle Irving.  We could all witness your kindness and love for him.

He was a wonderful uncle.  I have fond memories of him and he was a beloved member of our family.  He worked at a Northern California convent for over thirty years as a groundskeeper and drove to work and back every day.  He was Granny's life-long chauffeur because she never learned to drive.  A wonderful gentle soul who always took an interest in his many nieces and nephews and grands and great-grands.

He did not have an easy life but he never ever succumbed to self-pity.

We love you Irving.  Thanks for being in our lives.  I speak for all of us.




9 comments:

Karen Lazzarini said...

Thanks, Doug for posting this. You 'nailed' the feelings we all had for our loving uncle! He will be missed..& never forgotten. We all have such fond memories of shared times with sweet Irving at the cabin, & a never failing, caring, devoted son to Granny. R.I.P. uncle Irving

Carol in Albuquerque said...

This is an awesome commentary on a life. I had an Aunt Lilly who was deaf and blind. My times visiting with her were awesome. I had POLITICAL discussions with her spelling out words in her hand. She was so amazing. My kids never had the opportunity to know her or her awesomeness. Those of us whose lives she touched (as your Uncle Irving touched yours) are truly blessed and have been stretched and enriched in ways other people will never know. Beautiful remembrance.

Ray V. said...

May his memory be eternal.....

David and Kathryn Fine said...

Thank Doug for posting this! We have a huge hole in our hearts and our lives now that was Irving place, but we rejoice that he is now safe in the arms of Jesus, dancing, running and singing, reunited with his Mama and others we have lost and loved! He WILL live on in our memories and hearts till WE are reunited one day with him in heaven.

Anonymous said...

Hey Doug, any chance we can get copies of these, I can't tag them! Irving was a handsome man!

Eclecticity said...

Right click on the pix and "Save Image As..." That should do it for you. D.

Stewart Fine said...

Well Said Brother Doug. Irving was truly a "Fine" man in all respects. I loved all of the times we were able to spend with him and Granny. He was such a part of my formative years and I know I am a more thoughtful and compassionate adult man because of my time spent with Uncle Irving. Yesterday on my way home from Santa Cruz, while driving, I was listening to the Giants/Padres game. Thinking of Jerry Coleman then thinking of Irving, and that special piece of "Jewelry," that was passed on to him, that Irving treasured so much! I had know idea that he had passed away! I do hope that piece is laid to rest with Irving. No one deserves to have that other than he, unless he declared otherwise. I only want to see it in Heaven, if I'm fortunate enough to get there. R.I.P. Uncle Irving!

Maureen said...

Thanks for posting this tribute Doug. Very well written. He will always be remembered.

Christine Dunbar said...

Thank you Doug for the beautiful post and pictures. We feel blessed to have had him with us. We have wonderful memories and funny stories of our special time with him and will cherish them always...he was a very special person and, I felt, a part of Granny that we got to enjoy and love on. Love you lots Irving...say Hi to Granny!!!

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