Obituaries are never easy. That’s why we generally leave legacy writing to the professionals. Immediate family likely remembers a different legacy of their loved-one than those of us on the other side of a man’s public life.
I did not know Alton Irwin personally. That is to say, I never met him in real life. We did, however, converse via email.
In the early days of Airchexx.com, shortly after this website launched in May of 2002, our very first contributor, “Magic” Matt, owner of Big Apple Airchecks put me in touch with “Willie B.” while sending along some really great airchecks to post here. “Willie” was thrilled to see his work posted on the web. He had never heard of Airchexx. He HAD heard of the only major U.S. aircheck website in existence up to that point, ReelRadio. Still, he was very supportive and even donated an aircheck- of himself on 1500 WFIF. That tape is in the archives here and will be re-posted soon.
No legacy can ever be 100 percent complete. There will be omissions and glaring gaps, simply because we do not possess the full body of work performed by Alton Irwin. And it may be that there is some stuff out there that he might not have wanted in the public eye anyway. We may never know. However, family and close friends of his are invited to contact me here at airchexx for corrections, stories or even additions for posting.
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