Irving Schwartz, 92, a long-time summer resident of Estes Park in Carriage Hills, passed away in Colorado Springs, CO on September 21, 2012. He was born in New York City on March 6, 1920 to Isidor and Gussie Schwartz, both deceased. His wife, Shirley, and his sister, Rose Franck, also preceded him in death. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his beloved children, Steven, Lisa and Lori, and their families.
Mr. Schwartz, a veteran of World War II, served in the US Army Air Corps, both in the United States and overseas, from January 1942 until December 1945. Mr. Schwartz was a member of Silver State Lodge #95. A.F. & A.M. of Pueblo, Colo. for more than 64 years. Mr. Schwartz concluded his long and distinguished career at the Pueblo Army Depot in 1977, where he served for many years as the Depot’s Civilian Personnel Officer. He also served as a member of both the Governor’s and the Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped. Mr. Schwartz was a member of the United Hebrew Center in Pueblo.
He was a life-long fan of the New York Yankees, and delighted in telling stories of watching Babe Ruth play and shaking his hand as a child. He also loved jazz, and took great joy in having seen his favorites, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald many times at the Apollo Theater in Harlem when they were still “amateurs.” He was a kind and generous man with a smile that would light up the room and invite you into his heart.
Graveside services were held at the B’nai Jacob Cemetery in Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may kindly donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org), an organization he long supported. Online condolences, adrian-comer.com.