Russell I. Irons, M.D., age 92

of Braintree

Russell I. Irons, M.D., age 92

Russell I. Irons, M.D., age 92, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy and East Boston, died peacefully, Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Russell was born in Boston, to the late George and Emily (Anderson) Irons. Raised in East Boston, he was a graduate of East Boston High School and Tufts University. He was also a graduate of Tufts University Medical School, Class of 1954. He had lived in Braintree for fifty-five years, previously in Quincy and East Boston.

Dr. Irons was a well-known pediatrician and founder of Quincy Pediatric Associates of Quincy and Marshfield. He was on the staff at the former Quincy City Hospital and South Shore Hospital and retired in 2004 after over forty-five years of practice.

He was a longtime active leader in the summer camp programs at Camp Becket and Camp Chimney Corners in Becket, Massachusetts where he served as a counselor, physician and member of the board of directors.

Dr. Irons enjoyed skiing and his family vacation home in Tilton, New Hampshire for many years. He also enjoyed carpentry and woodworking.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (Landers) Irons.

Devoted father of David A. Irons, M.D. and his wife Cherie of Hanover, Steven K. Irons and Cheryl McCarthy of Bedford, N.H., Susan A. Frantz and her husband Paul of Metairie, LA,, Sharyn M. Bennett and her husband Steven of Quincy, John R. “Rusty” Irons and his wife Lynette of Marshfield, Dorothy L. “Fred” Irons of Quincy, Sara J. Christian and her husband James T. Christian, M.D. of Braintree.

Loving grandfather of eighteen grandchildren.

Dr. Irons was the last of six siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Christ Church Episcopal, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, August 1st at 10 o’clock. Reverend Clifford R. Brown, Rector, will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Wednesday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Dr. Irons’ memory may be made to the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, 748 Hamilton Road, Becket, MA 01223.


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  • Well done, good and faithful servant. May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy, grace, and love of God, rest in peace and rise in glory.

  • Thanks for everything you have done for me in life. You and I may have not always agreed on things but we did have the same outcome in mind. I find myself talking to my own children and realizing I am saying the same things you would say to me. Rest well and take care of Mimi for us. Love you and we will miss you

  • May his memory be a blessing.
    And thanks to Doc Irons for his care of me and my brothers when we were campers at Becket years ago. It is still a warm memory.
    David Margolis
    Becket ’69-’78, Tufts Med School ’85
    Chapel Hill, NC

  • I am so thankful for the opportunity to have known this special man. I will always cherish the time we spent together. As one of your caregivers you made my job a pleasurable experience.

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Dr Irons was such a kind , patient Dr to my children.
    Jean Alessandro

  • So honored to have known a man who has touched so many all throughout his life, and together with a family that exuded kindness, consideration, and a bushel of laughs. Dr. Iron’s took his name and made it something worth repeating through his work, his “play”, and his overall existence. I felt he knew he had done his job and was just waiting for his ticket number to be called. He probably said “It took you long enough” to the “Big Guy” as he often mentioned to me “I’m the only one left!” with raised brows and a high pitched voice. From the time I’ve worked with him we have shared many, many laughs and debates. He was sharp and fun to be around…most of the time! How blessed is his soul to be free now!

    Peace be with you Dr. Iron’s. I will be watching Star Trek in your honor!

  • David and family,
    We are saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Our sincere condolences,
    Mary Hutton, Diane Hogan, Deb Ward and families

  • John,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rob, Anita, and Victoria Ross

  • I feel honored to have worked with some of the finest pediatricians; Dr.Irons,Dr.Zonis, Dr. Kuperstein and Dr. P. at QCH . I was the charge nurse on Hunting 3 during the 70’s. Thanks for the memories!

  • So sorry to read of the loss of one of my all time favorite people. I worked with him at Whitney Road, the big brown house, in the late 1960s – my favorite job of all time. My oldest daughter is fifty and your parents and the doctors had a shower for me at their house in Braintree. Your father was the doctor to all of my children and kissed each of their bellies when he saw them. They are now fifty, forty-five, and forty-one. With fond memories…