Toronto, Nov. 3 - The mother of W.A. Irwin, editor of Maclean's Magazine, died today just 2 days after the death of Mr. Irwin's wife, Jean.
Mrs. Alexander James Irwin, 76, was the former Amelia J. Hassard. Her husband, Rev. A.J. Irwin, is a former editor of the Temperance advocate, and was secretary of the Canadian Temperance Federation from 1928-45.
As a pioneer Methodist minister's wife, Mrs. Irwin was active in church work in many parts of Ontario.
She was born in Drumbo, Ont., the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Richard Hassard. She was married in Orangeville, Ont. She took part in church activities in Winnipeg and in Ontario communities including Waterdown, Grimsby, Oakville and Mount Forest. She came to Toronto in 1927 when Dr. Irwin was appointed secretary of the Ontario Temperance Federation.
Her death followed an illness of more than 2 years.
Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Spence of Toronto; three sons, W. Arthur Irwin, of Toronto; Arnold of London, Ont., and Harold of Hamilton; and two brothers, Dr. R.E. Hassard of Los Angeles and Harry G. Hassard of Tilbury, Ontario.