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Willie IrbyApril 21, 1948 ~ October 21, 2017 (age 69)
Willie Irby, 69, of Malden Ma, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, Ma.
Willie was born on April 21, 1948 in Orrville Alabama, to Nias Washington and Willie Bee Irby. He grew up in Birmingham, AL with his mother Willie-Bee Irby, sisters, Susie, Maryann and Carolyn Irby, and brother, Gene Irby. After graduating from Ullman High School at the age of 18, Willie moved to Boston, MA to live with his father and step-mother, Nias and Grace Washington. Willie met the love of his life while living in Boston and after dating for one year, married the former Sharon Ann Britton on May 26th, 1973.
Willie was employed as a Machine Operator at General Electric for 38 years. He enjoyed his work and was known to many at work as the go-to guy to solve the most difficult tasks. Willie was also an avid musician and could be found on most days playing his guitar or tinkering around on his keyboard.
Willie’s greatest love was the Lord. He always took the time to tell anyone who would listen how great God is. Willie’s second greatest love was his family. There was nothing Willie would not do for his family. Willie was also a deep thinker and would write down his thoughts to share with his family and friends, always in an attempt to enlighten and educate.
Willie is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sharon Ann Irby; Mother-in-law, Doris Armstead; Children, Angela (Kosygin) Allen, Andrea (Patrick) Dorsey, Anita Irby and Duane Irby; Siblings, Susie Irby, Maryann (Ronald) Ricks and Carolyn Irby; Nieces and Nephews, Teressa (Darius) Dempsey, Gwendolyn (Antonio) Crawford, Leslie Irby, Natalie Irby, Dwan (Ernande) Irby, Omar Irby, Shanteeria Irby and Ferlando Irby; Grandchildren, Kamitris Dorsey, Korey Dorsey, Julius Allen, Demarius (Belle) Morley, Patrick Dorsey II, Tydrea Johnson, Tyrone Johnson, Jr and Nias Dorsey; Great Grandchildren, Kimaniy Dorsey, Josiah Johnson-Martinez and Dante Morley and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law.
Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Willie-Bee Irby, Nias and Grace Washington, and his brother Gene Irby.