Friday, 7 January 2011

Death of a retired Police Officer - Chief Superintendent Ian Robert Irwin

It is with regret that we announce the death of ex- Chief Superintendent Ian Robert IRWIN who died suddenly at home on 6th January 2011 aged 63 years.
Mr Irwin leaves a widow Jackie and a son Mark.
Mr Irwin joined the Constabulary in 1966 and served in various postings including Darlington, Traffic, PTC Dishforth, Chester-le-Street, HQ Administration, Personnel & Training, Personnel Department, Derwentside and Government Office North East from where he retired in January 2004.


Bob Brown said...

A fantastic 'boss' to work for, well respected - a sad loss

John Blake said...

I had the privilege of working for Ian during his time as divisional commander at Darlington. He led from the front and I shall always be grateful for the help and guidance he gave me.
This is a very sad time.

Andy Summerbell said...

Like John I had the privilege to work with Ian at Darlington and later at Consett. He was a great boss, very appreciative of people, and helped me personally with my career. Ian had this uncanny knack of being in full control of incidents even when 'thinking' as he took his cigar outside or while 'pondering the problem' over 50p in the bandit. He will be sadly missed.

Stan Hegarty and John Knox said...

Very sorry to hear the sad news regarding our ex-colleauge Ian Irwin.
Please relay our condolences to his family.

Stan Hegarty and John Knox

Robin Dodd in Cyprus said...

Margaret & I are so saddened by Ian's death. Please pass on our deep condolences to Jackie & Mark. I have long lasting memories or my time serving with Ian (and indeed Jackie), from Cadets over 30 + years ago to when I retired, to our time in C & D when we gathered for the Friday afternoon 'Roll Call' with Eddie M et al, plus many Hostage type Ops when he was Div Cdr at D'ton. His enthusiasm, personal belief & commitment never wavered - Cigar in hand & a Scotch if appropriate !! I'll give a toast from afar.

Dave Carter said...

So sorry to hear about the death of Ian. He was a great man with no edge which made him a great boss.


I first met Ian (and Jackie) as cadets in 1963. I resumed close contact in 1991 when I went to Durham. It was a pleasure to work with Ian and he was adept at getting things done with the minimum of fuss. A great plus was that he never forgot those he was working with.I remember with great fondness our lunchtime strolls,the banter and Ian with cigar in hand.The friendships from those early days remained.I have always felt priviledged to have been part of the year of 1963. I certainly have been fortunate to have known Ian who was a good friend,exeptional colleague and most of all just a good man. They are getting fewer by the day with the passing of Ian. Jackie and Mark will be feeling his loss but they know they have had someone special and those memories will last forever. Mine certainly will.

Sue and Alan Watson said...

Sue & I extend our deepest condolences to our friend Jackie and son, Mark on the devastating death of Ian. We were close friends for many years, particularly whilst serving in the Darlington area and later at Chester le Street. He will be sadly missed by those who have worked with and for him.

Sue & Alan Watson

George Hedges said...

I was saddened to learn of the untimely death of Ian and my thoughts are with his family and friends. When I arrived in Durham in the early 1990’s Ian was one of a number of very able senior officers who I had the privilege to work with. I came to admire his abilities and his sense of commitment to the Police Service in general and Durham in particular. He was a fine colleague and friend and I shall never forget what he did for me personally.

George Hedges. Former Chief Constable

Malcolm Lear said...

I wish to echo the comments of John Blake and Andy Summerbell. I too had the privilege to work for/with Ian when he was the Divisional Commander at Darlington. He had a direct approach to policing and always found the time to personally congratulate officers and staff on a job well done.

Such was his enthusiasm for the job one would often wonder if he would actually turn out to execute early morning warrants!

Ian will be sadly missed, please convey my heartfelt condolences to Jackie and his family.

Malcolm Lear

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