Rollin Edward “Rollie” Irwin, 66, an eight year resident of Grays Harbor, passed away at home in McCleary. Rollie was born April 26, 1947, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Edward Elliott and Miona Lucille Christina (Ferguson) Irwin. He grew up in and attended school in White Rock, British Columbia and was a graduate of Semiahmoo High School’s class of 1965. Rollie attended college in Alberta, Canada, the University of Washington where he played football, and technical schools in Houston, Texas. He was a welder and steel fabricator most of his life and recently worked as Vice President of B.M.T. Northwest at the Satsop Business Park near Elma. In addition to Grays Harbor, Rollie has resided in Houston, Texas, Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.
Rollie traveled all over the world as a representative and supervisor for several steel manufacturing companies. Rollie was a member of the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Pipe Fabricators Association, (STI/SPFA), was board member of the Welding Technology Advisory Committee of South Puget Sound Community College, was a board member of Elma School Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee, (CTE), was a member of the Montesano Moose, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Rollie enjoyed cruising on his motorcycle, playing and later coaching Semipro and Minor league football.
He is survived by his life partner, Ola Johnson; a sister, Rolinda Harris of Kapolei, Hawaii; and brothers, Elliott Irwin of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Mark Irwin of British Columbia. He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sharilyn.
Rollie was known as a ‘Go-To’ man. If something needed to be done, he made it happen. When Rollie became aware of the impending closure of BMT Northwest, he made lion-hearted efforts to procure the necessary financial backing to purchase the company. His efforts were not of a personal nature. He wanted to maintain the livelihoods of his employees and coworkers who he felt a strong commitment and responsibility to. Along with that, he wished to maintain the numerous relationships with suppliers and clients whom he had given his personal word to serve.
Rollie had a high regard for friends, family and with those he worked with. Rollie measured himself by standards which no human being could ever meet. According to his sister, Rolinda, Rollie was a loving brother and a best friend who unselfishly gave of himself to all who crossed his path. He will be dearly missed.
The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Rollin Irwin to South Puget Sound Community College Foundation, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512, or CET of Elma High School, 1235 Monte-Elma Rd Elma, WA 98541. A memorial service with a light potluck will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Montesano Moose Lodge.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Rollin @ www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.