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In Memory Of Our Poets

Irving M. Winter (1927-2018) - Class Of 1945

Irving Morris Winter, a native of Montgomery, Alabama who recently resided in Plano, Texas, passed away on January 28, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Landau Winter, his parents Helen Levi and Milton Winter and his uncle Milton Long.

After graduating from Lanier High School with the Class of 1945, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology until enlisting in the United States Army. He was stationed in Japan in the Army of Occupation where he was a Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of special services. Upon his discharge, he was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team but chose to complete his degree at the University of Alabama. He returned to Montgomery to begin a successful career in real estate that spanned 50 years.

Irving was President of the Montgomery Board of Real Estate, selected both the Realtor of the Year and to the Realtor Hall of Fame. He served as President of Temple Beth Or, The Jewish Federation of Montgomery, The Standard Club, and was a founding member of the Association of Alabama Temple Presidents. He was chairman of the American Cancer Society and on the boards of Hospice of Montgomery and Goodwill. He was a member of many community organizations.

A lifelong Republican, he was a delegate to the 1964 and 1968 Conventions and a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition. He was also an active member of the Defense Orientation Conference Association.

Destin Towers, where he served as president of the Association, was his Florida home and where he was always the happiest.

Irving is survived by his beloved wife Gay Neuman Deutsch and his children Irving Morris Winter (Mike), Mae Cohen (Elliot), Steven Coleman, Barry Deutsch (Lynn), Cheryl Colen (Randall), and Diana Hecht (Ronald) and ten grandchildren Jason Coleman (Claire), Blake Lewis (Daniel), Adam Winter, Ben, Michael and Rebecca Deutsch, Andrew and Michelle Hecht, Danielle and Clay Colen and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Levi Coleman.

Private Graveside Services will be at Eternal Rest Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama. Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at Temple Beth Or on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Irving with a contribution to

  • Temple Beth Or in Montgomery Alabama
  • or a charity of your choice

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on January 30, 2018