Irwin J. Breslauer was born April 1, in New York City to Lewis R. and Anna H. Breslauer. He was one of six children, living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Irwin attended PS 152 and James Madison High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the carrier USS Mission Bay. He graduated from Allegheny College and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
He worked as a reporter in Bluefield, W.V. and as a news editor for a radio station in Poukeepskie, N.Y. He spent more than 50 years in the newspaper industry, working for United Media, the Los Angeles Times, Scripps-Howard and General Features.
Irwin met Roberta Ann Mcknight in Greenwich Village, NYC. They married and lived in Manhattan for more than 55 years, on the Upper West Side. They had two children: Jillouise and Todd.
Irwin passionately loved to travel. He travelled all over the world, fulfilling his dream to see Africa, Europe and China, as well as many other places. He had a great sense of humor, was very well read and a good conversationalist. He loved to meet new people, cook and grow herbs in his garden. His Kasha with caramelized onion was insanely delicious.
Irwin received many tick bites on his summer home property in Long Island. He requested Lyme Disease testing and tick testing numerous times over the years, and was told by physicians that he “was fine”, despite his many worsening symptoms. After several more tick bites, Irwin fell seriously ill and died on September 16, 2013.