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Henry Irwin Southwick, III

Henry Irwin Southwick, III

October 16, 1942 - March 3, 2018     Age: 75

Henry Irwin Southwick, III, 75, passed away in peace on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at Community Hospice in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Born on October 16th, 1942 in Sarasota, FL, he grew up in Ft. Myers, FL where he graduated from Ft. Myers High School. After graduating from Clemson University with an electrical engineering degree and four years in ROTC, Irwin entered service with the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a second lieutenant. Based at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, he spent time maintaining communications across the ocean, serving in Viet Nam, Thailand, Hawaii and state-side. Upon completing service, he served with the U.S. Army Reserves and began a career with Florida Power Corporation in St. Petersburg, FL. Steps in his professional career include Director of System Planning overseeing power distribution, transmission and generation planning, and Director of Energy Control managing power distribution and trading, plus coordinating corporate deregulation activities nationally. Along the way, he earned a masters in industrial engineering. He was also an adjunct professor of business at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, FL.

Irwin is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Alice Southwick, whom he met in high school, and his sister, Judith May Harrell of Altamonte Springs, FL and his twin children, Robert Irwin Southwick (Bonnie) of Fernandina Beach, FL, and Susie Southwick LaTorre (Joe) of Ormond Beach, FL. Grandchildren, a real source of joy for the last 20 years, are Elizabeth Terrell Southwick, Gena Marie LaTorre, Robert Irwin Southwick, Jr. and Mario Irwin LaTorre. He is also survived by his nieces Pamela Harrell Savukoski of Birmingham, AL and Finland, Deana Leigh Harrell of Charleston, SC and Brenda Lane Harrell, also of Birmingham. Irwin enjoyed traveling, visits to Florida’s Gulf Coast with family, plus his volunteer work and friends at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach. He will be dearly missed by all. His family appreciates the support and help provided by his friends, Community Hospice and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson of Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 am on Thursday, March 15th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fernandina Beach. 

The service is open to everyone and will be followed by a reception at the parish hall.

The family suggests donations be made to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation, MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston, TX, Cats Angels in Fernandina Beach, or to any charity of choice.

11 Condolences

  • Susan Rodriguez and McArthur YMCA Posted March 5, 2018 7:34 am

    Prayers and Love for the Family, Henry was amazing man and he will be missed.

  • Harold & Gloria Shannon Posted March 5, 2018 11:02 am

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of our treasured friend, Irwin. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers

  • Barbara Harris Posted March 6, 2018 7:03 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Irwin. Blessings and prayers to Mary Alice and the family.

  • Sherry and Gene Oliver Posted March 8, 2018 5:03 pm

    Wishing we could be there for you now. Irwin was a wonderful man and friend. Holding you close in thoughts, Mary Alice.

  • Barb Gingher Posted March 9, 2018 11:05 am

    Mary Alice and Family, I am deeply sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept my sympathy.

  • Carl and Barbara Anderson Posted March 10, 2018 2:24 am

    Dear Southwick Family, Barbara and I are so sorry to hear of your families loss. Mr. Southwick was not only a Saint Michael’s Science Fair Judge but a friend. We will miss him.

  • Debbie and Dave Varga Posted March 11, 2018 10:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss …may the memories of a life well lived bring you peace. Prayers ???

  • Herm and Karen Brames Posted March 11, 2018 5:41 pm

    Irwin was a good man and great family friend for almost 50 years as our children grew up together, married and formed their own families. We will miss Irwin’s presence in our lives and pray that Mary Alice finds peace and strength in God, family and friends.

  • Mary Greenlees Posted March 11, 2018 7:35 pm

    Jim and I were so sad to hear of the loss of this gracious man. We have truly been blessed to have shared so many holidays and special occasions with Irwin and Mary Alice. What a great husband, father and the kind of grandparent who loveingly drove 2 hours to Ormond Beach for all of his grandchildren’s performances , sporting events , birthdays, holidays and the list goes on. Prayers to Mary Alice, Robbie and Susie and your families . Your Ormond Beach Family loves you.

  • Arlene R Filkoff Posted March 11, 2018 11:20 pm

    Mary Alice, this is such sad news. Please know you have friends here with you.

  • Suzanne Messick Dupree Posted March 15, 2018 12:34 pm

    So sorry to hear this, I just found out….I always had respect for Irwin and will always remember how he made me feel at peace when our aunt in Dade City passed away and he was there to sort it out.. May he rest in peace.

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