Irving Novick

June 9, 1929January 7, 2019

Irving Novick passed peacefully at home on January 7. Irving was born June 9, 1929, to Benjamin and Sarah Novick of Salem, MA, the youngest of four siblings. He graduated from Tufts University, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1951 and received a Bachelor of Laws from NYU in 1954. He worked for Senator Hubert Humphrey, served in the military in Japan and worked at the Proskauer law firm before becoming an in-house labor lawyer at ABC Network in Manhattan and Los Angeles until retirement. He resided in Beverly Hills at the time of his death. He is survived by his sister Pauline Novick Flaxer of Peabody, MA and three generations of extended loving family members.

A funeral service for Irving will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:00AM at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA 01970, with interment to follow at the Sons of Jacob Cemetery, 16 Buxton Road, Danvers, MA 01923.


  • Pauline Novick-Flaxer, Sister


  • Chapel Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

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Stuart Mandel

January 11, 2019

I just want to express my very sincere condolences to Irv's family. We worked together starting at ABC in 1967 before he came out to replace me as head of Labor Relations at ABC in Los Angeles in the early 70's. I always remember that Irv and my old secretary Ruby Fountain became great ballet buddies. We remained good friends through the years that followed - at least until I left LA for Seattle when I retired from the industry in the late 90's. Irv will always be remembered as a wonderful guy, - as bright as can be, witty, sarcastic, artistic and lots of fun. I recall that he often expressed warm sentiments about his family back east.
It has been several years since I last saw Irv at lunch at Arts, but I suddenly thought about him the other day- wondering how he was- and then today received a copy of his LA Times obit which was distributed by mutual friends. He was a lovely guy, a good and close friend for many years and he will always be with me.
Sincerely, Stuart Mandel

John Mendonsa

January 10, 2019

I am so saddened by Irv’s passing. He was my boss for many years and a very dear friend for many more years. Irv was a very special person. He was always a genuine, kind, thoughtful, caring and generous person. He always gave credit to others rather than taking credit for himself. He loved his friends and loved his family more. He had a brilliant mind and as an attorney he was a formidable adversary but always treated everyone with the respect of a friend. He was an artful humorist with a keen sense of timing often used to break the tension in stressful negotiations. Irv was one of a kind. We last visited at my home four months ago and we spoke on the phone since then. I wish I knew we had so little time left to be together. There are so many fond and joyous memories. Irv will always live in my heart and in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to know him. Farewell dear friend.

Donald Gold

January 10, 2019

Irv and I had a friendly but semi antagonistic relationship for years since I was a union rep and he was a labor attorney for ABC. We had differences but always with good feelings for each other. We shared some dinners together. Irv was a "straight shooter". His word was his bond. I loved the give and take with him. He was a more than worthy adversary. He will be missed.

Michelle Canizales

January 10, 2019

I feel so blessed to have known Irv while he was here at ABC. He was funny, kind and I feel so lucky to have had Irv in my life when he was in Labor Relations. I had the opportunity to see him within the last few months and it was a joyous reunion. I will only have fond and happy memories of working with such a gentleman.