Obituary for Nova Scotia Holstein Breeder Frederick Irving

Everyone at Cowsmopolitan wishes to pass along our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Frederick Keith Irving of Straitside Holsteins in Nova Scotia.

Frederick Keith Irving , 77 of the Gulf Shore, Pugwash passed away suddenly, but peacefully at Moncton Hospital November 27, 2016. Keith was born December 15, 1938. He was the son of the late Fred Irving and Marguerita MacFarlane Irving. For most of his life Keith was a dairy farmer on the Gulf Shore raising Purebred Holstein cattle under the “Straitside” prefix. From 1965-1973 Keith also worked at the Windsor Salt Mine in Pugwash, then turned to dairy farming full time with his brother  George. Keith was a 50 year member and breeder of Holstein Canada and an active member of both the NS/NL Holstein Branch and the Central Nova Holstein Club. In 1991, Keith was awarded the highest honour by Holstein Canada – Master Breeder, an award he treasured. He was a former official judge with Holstein Canada and enjoyed judging local open and 4-H shows. Keith enjoyed sports, especially curling and hockey. Keith will be greatly missed by his buddy, border collie, “Chip”. He is survived by his wife of 51 years the former Joan Patriquin and daughter Kara, who he referred to as “Bill”, both at home; sister Helen – Pugwash, Marion – Ajax, Ontario. He was predeceased by brothers, George and Mel; sisters, Mabel and Ruth. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec.1, in Mundle’s Funeral Home, 204 Water St., Pugwash (902 243-2506). The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec.2, in Wesley St. Matthew United Church, Pugwash. Rev. Meggin King officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall. Private burial will take place in the McLeod Cemetery, Gulf Shore, at a later date. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to the Nova Scotia 4-H Council; L.A. Animal Shelter or any charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at