Alfred G. Irish, long-time resident of Falmouth, died at the age of 101 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 in Falmouth.
Born in New Bedford, Alfred was the son of George B. & Doris (Peirce) Irish and moved to Falmouth in 1927. He was a 1937 graduate of Lawrence High School and attended Northeastern University, graduating in 1942. Upon graduation he was immediately drafted into the Army and attended the Army’s School of Cryptology in Fort Monmouth where he excelled in this field. Alfred served with the Army Signal Intelligence Service in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines in 1944-45.
Upon returning stateside, Alfred settled in Boston working as a registered securities representative for an investment firm, and eventually a sales representative for New England Mutual Life. In 1953 he earned his MBA in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Later he received Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. He was also a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He retired from Commercial Union Life Insurance Company as a Life Marketing Consultant in 1985.
In 1954 he married Esther Louise Clark and relocated to South Weymouth, MA. They had two sons, David and Bradford, before returning to Falmouth in 1961, where they resided on King Street, Alfred’s boyhood home.
Despite a busy career, Alfred was engaged in many civic and community organizations in Falmouth. He was a member of the Marine Masonic Lodge, becoming Master Mason in 1970. Later, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts awarded Alfred the Joseph Warren Medal, recognizing his significant contribution to community, church and to Masonry. He was a long-term member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, serving as an usher for over 50 years, Vestry member, Senior Warden, Finance Committee member, treasurer, and chairman of the Behrens Fund Committee. He served as a town meeting member for 15 years and as treasurer/ director of the Samaritans in the 1980’s. He became active in the Falmouth Historical Society, serving as treasurer for many years. In 2002, the society awarded him with the Heritage Award, recognizing Alfred as a “notable person of the year”. In 1990, he became director and treasurer of the Oak Grove Cemetery. In recognition of his various activities within Falmouth, he was cited as a “local legend” in a book celebrating the accomplishments of Falmouth notables, both past and present.
Alfred was always an “all around sports fan”, but his true love was baseball - specifically, the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Falmouth Commodores. As a boy he attended baseball games with his family at the Falmouth Heights ball field as early as 1925 when his family vacationed in Falmouth. He was the manager of the Northeastern University baseball team from 1939 to 1941. For years he was a fixture at Commodores home games, serving at the entrance gate, greeting fans and collecting donations. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of the league and was regarded as its archivist and historian. In 2007 he was awarded Cape Cod Baseball League’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was a lifetime member of the Commodores Board of Directors.
In addition to civic pursuits, Alfred loved to travel, enjoyed jazz, played the piano, danced with Esther, was an avid reader, solved cryptograms, took frequent walks, and engaged in yard work around his home. He was a particularly good speller and was a member of the Seniors team in the annual Intergenerational Spelling Contests with students of Lawrence School in Falmouth.
Alfred is predeceased by his wife, Esther, and sister, Eleanor of Duxbury, MA. He is survived by his two sons, David and wife Leslie of New York City, and Bradford of Wickford, RI.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on a future date to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Falmouth Historical Society, PO Box 174, Falmouth, MA, 02541 or the Marine Lodge Masonic Angel Fund, 9 Tara Terrace, Bourne, MA 02532.