Roderick Powell Irish, Niagara Falls native and longtime resident of Lewiston passed away on May 26, 2022; he was 95. Son of Nobel and Irene (Powell) and brother of Suzanne Thompson, Rod enlisted with the United States Navy Armed Guard when he was just three days shy of his 18th birthday. He fought in both the Atlantic and the Pacific during the Second World War. Rod was a past Commander of the VFW Down River Post 7487. After the war, Rod returned home to Niagara Falls, where he met and married M. Patricia Braas, his beloved wife of nearly 66 years. Following his retirement from Niagara Mohawk, Rod spent summers at the VFW and Moose as well as his garden, and spent winters in Punta Gorda, Florida. Rod is survived by his sister; children, Sharon (Michael) Madia, Michael (Anna) Irish, and Scott (Kim) Irish; and grandchildren, Ryan, Cali, Jason, Jake, Cameron, and Katie. He was predeceased by his parents and wife. Private services and burial will be held in Dickersonville Cemetery Memorials may be made to VFW Down River Post 7487 PO Box 1164 Lewiston, NY 14092.