Irwin H. Rubin

DATELINE: Scottsdale, AZ

Rubin, Irwin H., 96, died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the North Scottsdale Retreat, AZ. He was the beloved husband of the late Roberta (Spector) Rubin. Born in Providence, a son of the late Max and Annie (Schnabel) Rubin, he had lived in Scottsdale for 3 years, previously living in Newport, Warwick and Providence.

Irwin was a WW-II Navy Veteran, serving in European Theatre. He was a gemologist for Ross Simon Jewelers for 25 years, retiring in 1981. During his career, Irwin was a member of the Accredited Gemologist Association, Gemologist Institute of America and the Appraisers Association of America. He was also a member of Temple Shalom, Touro Fraternal Association and Jewish War Veterans.

Devoted father of Carol Lipsky and her husband, Michael, of Scottsdale, AZ and the late Mark Rubin and his surviving wife, Eleanor, of North Kingstown. Dear brother the late Burton Rubin and sister Ruth Jurmann. Loving grandfather of Jeffrey and Jason Lipsky. Cherished great grandfather of Veronica, Allison, Mark, and Aaron Jacob Lipsky.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Louis and Goldie Chester Kosher Food Pantry, 1165 N. Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.

Shiva will be private. Graveside services were held Wednesday, January 13, 2021.



  1. Michael Weintraub Fink
    Jan 12, 2021

    Remembering Irwin very fondly and how very loving and devoted your parents marriage was.

  2. Martin Gollis
    Jan 13, 2021

    To the Rubin family,
    Our condolences on Irwin’s passing. We were neighbors at 400 Bellevue and he was such a dear and sweet man. He was so dedicated to his family. We remember so fondly his telling us stories of his younger years including his Navy exploits as well as his career as a gemologist. Of course his favorite stories were how he met his sweetheart, Bobbi, and started a long and so loving romance.
    Vicky and Martin Gollis

  3. john mc govern
    Jan 13, 2021

    I would like to offer my sympathy to the family of Mr. Rubin. I had the privilege of knowing both Mr. and Mrs. for over 25 years as a marina manger in Newport. I can not find the words to express my feelings for both of them. They were truly good people and I will never forget them.

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