Irwin "Irv" Kotovsky
November 21, 2022

Visitation Information

November 23 2022 - 11:00 am
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue (Shadyside), Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Funeral Information

November 23 2022 - 12:00 pm
Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue (Shadyside), Pittsburgh, PA 15232

IRWIN KOTOVSKY: On Monday, November 21, 2022, Irwin Kotovsky (aka Irv Kotovsky) passed away peacefully at the age of ninety-two. Beloved husband of 29 years to Cher (Goldman) Kotovsky. Brother of Kenneth (Avis) Kotovsky. Brother-in-law of Merle Goldman. Granddad of Rachel Foy. Uncle of Jack Kotovsky (Elizabeth Cooper) and Laura Kotovsky (Ran Libeskind-Hadas). Preceded in death by parents Jacob and Dorothy Kotovsky and daughter Karen Foy. Irwin, born July 10, 1930, a 1948 graduate of Allderdice High School, and a 1953 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering. A member of the US Army Corp of Engineers 1953-1955. Irwin, after leaving the army reserves begin a career in the lighting industry and in 1964 started his company Architectural Lighting Inc. eventually leading to his current manufacturing company Modular International Inc. in 1987. Throughout his career, he held 30 US and international lighting product patents. Irwin enjoyed every aspect of being a business owner. Known for his love of traveling, fine wine, good champagne, international cuisine, and friends from around the world, Irwin had a generous heart and would help a stranger as well as those close to him. Those who knew him loved him. Services at Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 12 PM. Visitation 11 AM - 12 PM. Interment Beth Shalom Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Irwin’s memory to the following charities: B’Nai Emunoh Chabad (www.bechabad.org), Riverview Towers/The Jewish Association of Aging (www.jaapgh.org), National Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.nationalmssociety.org). www.schugar.com


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I want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Irv Kotovsky. My Father, Clarence Gordon, was the accountant for Cobra Lighting Company. I remember meeting Irv many years ago.

By Richard Gordon - November 23, 2022

Dear Cher, Our deepest condolences on the recent passing of your dear IK. May your wonderful memories give you comfort and strength. Love, Estelle, Steve, Joel, Steven, Karen and Keisha

By Estelle Cherin - November 23, 2022