Irwin R. Bogen passed away on Jan. 23, 2010 at Cypress Cove in Fort Myers. He was 87.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Bogen resided in Hewlett Harbor and Manhattan before moving to Sanibel Island and then Cypress Cove. He seved as a 1st Sergeant in the 8th Army in World War II. An avid tennis player, art collector, businessman and philanthropist, he was known for his sense of humor and voracious appetite for books. He was active in B.I.G. Arts and served on the Board of the Southwest Florida Symphony.
He was predeceased in 2009 by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis, and is survived by his children Leslie, Russell and his wife, Beth, and Janice, along with his admiring grandchildren, Steven and his wife Brooke, and Jason Winkler, Sonja Field and William.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 16225 Winkler Road in Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, 3333 Sanibel-Captive Road, Sanibel, FL 33957 or the Arthur Ashe Tennis Foundation, 4842 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129.