In memory of
Irvine Lew Dubow Oakburn, Manitoba Irvine Lew Dubow was born in Oakburn, Manitoba. His family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba so he and his sisters could more easily live a Jewish life. He married the love of his life, Lillian London, in 1946. Lillian died on April 8. 2010. They moved to Chicago, IL so Irve could attend optometry school and then settled in Little Falls, MN where Irve (better known back then as Dr. I.L.) practiced for 40 years. Upon retirement, they moved to Naples, FL for about 20 years. Irve and Lil had 4 boys: Burt, Jim, Rick and Rob. Rick died in 1998. Burt (Cheri) and Rob (Robin) now live in St. Cloud, MN. Jim (Pat) lives in Sun Lakes, AZ. Irve had 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Irve had a very successful optometry practice in Little Falls and was considered a leader in the field of contact lenses and practice management. He wrote a weekly column for an optometry journal. He was also very active in the community, serving the Boy Scouts, United Way and many other charities. He spearheaded the creation of the United Fund that later became affiliated with the United Way. He and Lillian also created a Nice Person Scholarship for a deserving Little Falls High School student who wasn't recognized by any other program and deserved help in going to college (featured in a book written by Minneapolis Star Tribune columnists Peg Meier and Dave Wood called "The Pie Lady of Winthrop"). He expressed his creativity and active mind by inventing and innovating many things, including a hearing aid and an anti-bacterial solution that is safe to drink. He was always reading, studying, questioning and challenging conventional wisdom. Irve was an avid golfer and was a true student of the game. He also enjoyed hunting with his sons. But most of all, he relished a good discussion. He had many opinions to share, particularly about politics. Fox News and Rush Limbaugh lost a devotee when he passed! The Dubow family is extremely grateful for the wonderful care they all received at Quiet Oaks Hospice House during Irve's stay there. They also offer their warm thanks and appreciation for the excellent care they received from Dr. Patrick Lalley. And, last but not least, the entire family is overwhelmed and in awe of the support and love they've received from their extended family and friends around the country. Thank you all for your loving care.
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