MERIDEN - William Roland Irvin, 80, of Meriden, died Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at MidState Medical Center after a brief illness. He was the husband for 58 years of Myrtle Dobratz Irvin. Born in East Orange, NJ, April 16, 1924, he was the son of the late Ray J. and Mellie Edna Best Irvin, and had lived in Meriden for 58 years. He was a graduate of Cranford High School in Cranford, NJ, class of 1942, and was employed with American Cyanamid Company (now Cytec Industries) for 38 years, retiring in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy for four years aboard the Minesweeper, USS Symbol 123.Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Scott J. and Mark W. Irvin, both of Meriden; a daughter, Dawn G. Irvin and a future son-in-law, James Nord, both of Branford; four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Richard Stack of Florida. He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Frances Irvin of Malaga, NJ. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in Eternal Reefs. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450, or to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. Dad called to tell me about Bill. We are so sorry. We have fond memories of your visits with Mom and Dad. Your friendship is very special to them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Dear Myrtle and Family, My children and I send our most warmest regards and thoughts of you at this sad time. I remember Bill as fun loving and a good friend to my parents, how they loved to travel to Myrtle Beach with you.Bless you and yours, Lynn, Kurt and Allison

  3. Dear Myrtle, on behalf of me and my sister Crystal Harrington we wish to extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful man and will certainly be missed by all that were fortunate to know and love him. Sincerely, Judy Malaro

  4. Flo and I are very sorry for your loss. I\’ll never forget the many memories I have when we both worked at American Cyanamid together. Bill was a good friend.

  5. My dearest second mom, I am so deeply sorry about Bill.He was a great father figure to me as well as a great man. My sorrows are with you & the family. All my love Cindy

  6. We are so sorry for your loss. We will always remember the wonderful times we had together. So many laughs and such good friendship.

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