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Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home Inc.

111 North Reading Ave, Boyertown, PA

OBITUARY

Michael Bryan Irby

January 25, 1954August 30, 2019

Michael Bryan Irby of Phoenixville, PA unexpectedly passed away from cancer at the Einstein Medical Hospital on Friday, August 30, 2019 at age 65. Born in Washington D.C., he was the son of William and Jean (Higgins) Irby. After graduating from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in 1972, Michael attended Temple University. Later, he transferred to the Antonelli School of Photography where he studied to become a professional photographer. Michael started his photography career with Jewelcor and his passion for commercial photography took him to Omaha, Nebraska where he worked for Pamida for over 15 years. He specialized in photos, advertising layout, and production schedules. With experience in traditional photography and digital work he then created his business, Mike Irby Photography. He took a great deal of pride in owning his own business and greatly enjoyed the many different clients he had the opportunity to work with. Michael played the drums in his youth and was a member of the Plymouth Whitemarsh marching band. He continued to drum from time to time long after his high school days. Then in 1977, he married his high school sweetheart, Susan. When he lived in Nebraska, he was an active member of his Presbyterian church serving on multiple committees. After he moved to Phoenixville, PA, he continued to practice his faith. Another passion of Michael’s was cooking. He could make any type of dish and enjoyed incorporating new ingredients. His talent was showcased at many family gatherings and other group events. He also loved animals, especially the family dog Lucy who they rescued from a shelter. Lucy had a special connection with him. Michael was a family man; he was a loyal son, spouse, father, brother, and grandfather. His focus was always on his loved ones. Survived by his wife, Susan Irby, the couple had three children: Adam (husband of Laura Soltys), Kristin (wife of Tom Hefferon), and Kaitlin. He has four grandchildren: Mya, Ryan, Claire, and Owen. Michael also has a sister, Karen, and with her husband Mark Soda they have three children (Michael’s niece and nephews). A memorial service will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Lower Providence Presbyterian Church in Norristown, PA. A visitation will be held prior starting at 9:15am. Inurnment is private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made for Kaitlin’s college education. These donations can be mailed to: The Irby Family c/o Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home. 111 N Reading Ave Boyertown, PA 19512

Services

26 September

Visitation

9:15 am

Lower Providence Presbyterian Church

3050 Ridge Pike
Norristown, PA 19403

26 September

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Lower Providence Presbyterian Church

3050 Ridge Pike
Norristown, PA 19403

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Mary Eileen Higgins

September 19, 2019

Mike was one of the kindest, gentelest men I have ever known. He is at peace with the angels now. My deepest condolences to his beautiful family. Eileen

Angela Toledo

September 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I met Mike at several industry events including at Avalon Carpet and Tile in Cherry Hill NJ in 2017 when the fashion designer Bob Mackie came to speak. Mike was always so friendly and personable. Later, I saw him at the IDA Awards banquet, and then at a residential design photo shoot last year. He will be greatly missed for his talent, but mostly for his enthusiasm and heart. My deepest sympathy.

Jordan Hoggard

September 12, 2019

My deepest condolences. It is an honor to learn of the background, family, and connections that he valued and backed up his wonderful smile and presence. My memories of him are blessings.

Brandi Berwager

September 12, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss and keeping your family in my prayers. May you always remember good times and memories of your beloved husband, father, and grandfather. What a kind man and good role model he was.

Kiley Henderson

September 11, 2019

Though I did not know Mr. Irby that long I know what a kind and caring man he was towards everyone. My favorite memories of him are on Halloween night after Kaitlin and our group would come back to trade our candy and Kaitlin would always give him any candy she didn’t like that he asked for. I got to spend an abbreviated time with Mr. Irby but his love for Kaitlin and his family will forever have impacted me.

John Noonan

September 10, 2019

Mike was such a nice guy , I would love it every time he came to our communities to take photos , I even shared some with him , He would always greet me with " Hello Jack great to see you again " A good soul who will be missed , my heart goes out to Mikes Family, rest in peace my friend .

annmarie collins

September 10, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Mike certainly loved his family. It was clear in everything he did. He will continue to watch over all of you.
Love,
Brendan, Annmarie and Millie

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY