Ira Tobolowsky

November 17, 1947May 13, 2016

Ira Edwin Tobolowsky, extraordinary husband, father and brother, born November 17, 1947, passed away May 13, 2016. He was predeceased by his father Jack Lehman Tobolowsky and his mother Josephine Pergament Tobolowsky. Ira graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1965, SMU in 1968 and and then SMU Law School. He began the practice of law in 1971 with the Law Firm of Tobolowsky, Schlinger and Blalock, followed by many successful firms, including Tobolowsky and Burk, founded in 1990. He was one of the youngest lawyers admitted to the bar in Texas history, practiced law for over 45 years and argued before the United States Supreme Court in 1982. Among his innumerable honors and awards, Ira was long recognized as a pre-eminent advocate, earning the elite AV rating based on professional and ethical excellence. Though a Mensa member, he always knew how to make everyone around him feel smart and important. A man of unimpeachable integrity, he was so accomplished and committed to his clients. Ira, a most generous man, had an indelible impact on his family and his enormous group of loyal friends. He devoted his life and career to protecting his family and others, to the end. Loved and respected by all, he was and will remain everyone's hero. Ira was a devoted husband to his beloved wife of 39 years, Debbie, sons Jonathan (fiancé Lindsay), Michael and Zachary, brother to George (Julie) Tobolowsky, Myra (Stuart) Prescott, Janet Martin (Jeff z"l) and Dona (Terry) Timm . He's also survived by his Aunt Shirley Tobolowsky and cousins, Mark, Emily and Jill. He was the favorite uncle to Stacy, Marni, Teddy, Kathryn, Laura, Adam, Robert, Matthew, Amy, Jason and Jennifer. Funeral services will be held at Shearith Israel Synagogue on Sunday, May 15 at 1:00pm, followed by interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


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January 29, 2017

Debbie I think of you 28/7 I'm praying for you and the boys randy romantic 9723517445

Sam Solomon

June 25, 2016

So very sorry for your loss.

June 3, 2016

We are truly sorry for your loss, and have such fond memories of your family from the world of baseball. We would like to extend our heart felt condolences to your entire family, and will be praying for all of you during this extremely difficult time.

Darren, Janet and Brandon Loy

Paula Melton Baile

May 25, 2016

I am simply heart-broken over the death of Ira. I worked for Ira in the early 1980s and enjoyed him so much. He loved his wife so much and was so happy when Jonathan was born. May God bless you and may your memories give you comfort. The world lost a wonderful man.

Paula Melton Baile

Shelley Fastow

May 25, 2016

My sympathies to your family. Mr. Tobolowsky was a wonderful man. I had the pleasure to meet him within the legal community and he was funny and charming and really made me feel at home during a case we both worked on. I was a mere paralegal but he was very kind to me and we have lovely chats during court recesses. He will truly be missed by those that had the fortune to come in contact with him. Shelley Fastow

thomas palmer

May 24, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss. I was moved just reading the guest book. A man dedicated to his clients and one who makes others feel important is so rare these days. Where have they gone?

alyce alter

May 20, 2016

My deepest condolences to the entire family. My prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Lindley Paul

May 20, 2016

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. Ira was such a nice man and a pleasure to work with. You are in my prayers, that you may find comfort, in spite of this terrible loss.

Lindley Paul

Scott Noris

May 19, 2016

My condolences to the entire family---especially Myra and Stuart, whom I knew during high school at Hillcrest.

Scott Noris
Hillcrest '73

Denise Corralez-Condran

May 18, 2016

My deepest condolences to the Tobolowsky family. I had the priviledge to work for Mr. Tobolowsky and Mrs. Burk many years ago when Mrs. Burk hired me as a receptionist. I was attending court reporting school at the time, and I remember the kindness both Faith and Mr. Tobolowsky showed me. May your family find comfort and peace during this unimaginable loss. Blessings to you all.