Irwin Frawley

Irwin James Frawley

Tuesday, March 30th, 1937 - Friday, March 12th, 2021
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Frawley, Irwin "Irv" - March 12, 2021 - Beloved companion of Betty Davidson. Loving father of Michael (Brenda), Marcia (Dave Donner), Mark (Dina), Matty (JoAnne) and Missy Frawley. Cherished Grandpa of Steven "Garfield" (Jessica) Olender, Cassie (Mike) Landreau, Katie Frawley, Rachel Donner, Mason Frawley and the late Danny Frawley. Dear brother of Maureen (late Robert) Schifferle and the late Daniel, Maybelle (Robert) Finn and his twin brother Edward (Eva) Frawley. Beloved cousin, uncle and neighbor. Former husband of Ruth Frawley. Predeceased by his parents Daniel and Agnes. Irv graduated from McKinley High School, Class of 1956, and worked for Standard Milling, the Tonawanda News, and as the City of Tonawanda Animal Warden. Irv was a lifelong accomplished marathon runner. He celebrated the country's bi-centennial by running 200 laps around Parker Field in Kenmore, NY, starting at 7 AM and finishing 7 minutes before the 2 PM country-wide celebration on July 4, 1976. Irv ran in all original 13 Skylon Marathons from Buffalo to Niagara Falls, Canada. He ran several 50 milers in Delaware Park, his best time of 6:35:35. In addition, he ran many Turkey Trots, including the 100th with his children, Missy and Matty. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. If memorials desired, they be made in Irv's memory to Erie County S.P.C.A., Niagara Hospice, Inc. or Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter. Arrangements by C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc. Please share condolences at
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    Mount Olivet Cemetery
    4000 Elmwood Ave.
    Tonawanda, NY 14223
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Greg Walkowiak

Posted at 09:13am
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Frawley family, and all the people who were an important part of Irwins life.
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Sincerely, The CITRS Team

Posted at 01:58pm
With sincere sympathy and heartfelt love and remembrance of Irwin Frawley. Melissa and family, may you be comforted at this difficult time.
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Marcia Donner

Posted at 05:49pm
Dad, you ran a good race. Now you can rest. Love you and will miss you always! Marcia

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Posted at 02:51pm
Dear family - With sadness but pride I was blessed to have run for 3 years at McKinley with Irv, Gene Avino and Willie Gagnon, 3 of the best from 1954-1956 and also 3 Thanksgiving Day races in Black Rock. His stamina was amazing along with Ruth’s race walking. My condolences from a fellow classmate. He should be in the Hall of Fame. Al Endres, Angola, NY

Melissa Frawley Posted at 06:16pm

Thank you Al Endres for the kind words. I heard from Irv's protege Freddie Gordon today & he reminded me that Irv had run a 4:35 mile for McKinley the same day that Roger Bannister ran the mile in just over 4 mins.( a new world record at the time!). He may've ran it even faster but a genetic back problem forced him to start running longer distances. Also, he did win the Turkey Trot 3 times🦃 Is there a way to find out if that mile time still stands & nominate him for the McKinley HOF? Best wishes to you & yours. Regards, Ruth Tuttle Frawley

Rosalie and Jerry frawley

Posted at 10:11am
From family picnic
Jerry and rosalie

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