Irving Schein

November 14, 1926November 30, 2018

Irving Schein was born on November 14, 1926 in Taunton, Massachusetts and passed away on November 30, 2018 in Franklin, Massachusetts.


  • Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2018

Irving Schein

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Tim Olevsky

December 7, 2018

Irv helped revive the Brookline Band throughout the 2000's. He let me try my hand at conducting, even though I'd never done it before, and ended up being a great mentor to me as a conductor. That led to my becoming a band teacher, so his legacy continues on. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

catherine braun

December 4, 2018

I remember Uncle Irv having the only convertible I had ever seen as a child, and how he and Aunt Hope were always so hospitable, from the time I was young through when I was at MIT.
I also remember when I was in hospital for what seemed like years (actually < a month) as a lonely 7 year old recovering from meningitis that he and Uncle Arnie visited me, showering me with candy and stuffed animals that would unfortunately eventually be burned (all my nice children's books as well) since they might have carried contamination. Aunt Ruth, who also died this year, and Uncle Irving were vital links to a past, and will both be missed as the carriers of memories from the last nearly 100 years.

Darryl Bayer

December 4, 2018

Irv Schein has touched countless lives and especially the lives of musicians spanning many decades. While in Taunton he taught private lessons to flutes, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, even an oboe or two. For years he would set up the living room in his mother's house on Washington Street and I would watch as one after the next came and went every thirty minutes. Irv Schein treated me like a second father with trumpet lessons from the age of 5. Countless hours of competitions coaching would help launch the career of myself and many others.

His forte was indeed his conducting style with the many numerous community bands he led around New England. He was firm yet funny. Demanded excellence but knew when to give someone a break or more time to practice. The literature Irv choose for his groups pleased audiences of all ages but especially the elderly in nursing home settings.

My Uncle Irv also adopted three beautiful children and gave them unconditional love from pre-teen years to adulthood. He loved his large family, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Irving Schein kept his covenant with God by attending the synagogue on a regular basis and reading from the Torah.

Tom Keating

December 3, 2018

Irving was a valued member of the Needham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2498. He will be missed. To honor his memory, the VFW Post will drape our charter with black for the next 30 days, and formerly salute the passing of our member.

Mike Ratcliffe

December 2, 2018

Irv … I had the privilege to meet you and get to know you when I married El some 30 years ago. You always were the greatest fun to be with, always had a melody and a song. You’ll be missed as you brought so much warmth in to my and my family’s life. I expect you to be ready with your trombone to play me in when its my turn.

Michael Buscemi

December 1, 2018

Uncle Irv....when I was eight he began to teach me how to play the clarinet which put me on a life long path of music appreciation. As a student I will always remember his patience; as a nephew his warmth and wit. But more than about me he touched the lives of so many people. His students and their parents, musicians and listening audiences alike, bringing his passionate dedication and joy of music to all.

Condolences and love to my cousins and their families.

Rest In Peace Uncle Irv.