Rifleman Hugh Irwin was born on March 7, 1941, in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, to Caroline and James Irwin. Hugh and his parents immigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1952.
Hugh served with the Canadian Army, The Queens Own Rifles of Canada, B Company, 1st Battalion from 1958-1961, and was a long-serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
He retired in 2000, after 35 proud years with the Toronto Board of Education as a 3rd Class Engineer/Chief Caretaker.
Hugh, aged 81, passed away suddenly on 15 November 2022, in his Scarborough home that he had lived in for 50 years.