Colonel Irving, 97, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, passed away Thursday, September 21st, 2017. Col. Davidoff was a WWII veteran that fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. He served as an Intelligence Officer in the 3rd Army HQ under General Patton, then in the 12th Army HQ under General Omar Bradley and finally at HQ, US Forces, European Theatre under General Eisenhower. Col. Davidoff was awarded Battle Stars for each campaign (Normandy, Ardennes and The Rhine). Subsequently, he was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, for which he was awarded a citation. Col. Davidoff served in the Office of Information at the Pentagon and retired as a General Staff Officer as Assistant Chief of Information, Dept. of Army, Pentagon. Col. Davidoff holds the Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Gliderman Badge. The country of France awarded him with the French Legion of Honor in 2013 for his service during WWII. In civilian life, he was instrumental in the development of policies and procedures in regulating the franchise industry. He personally organized and implemented more than eighty franchise programs. He was also a principal in a national public relations and advertising agency. He pioneered the progress in the national mail order media. Col. Davidoff was a native of New Jersey and lived in Passaic, Paterson, Fair Lawn and Harrington Park before moving to New Smyrna Beach, FL. He was the quarterback for Central High School in Paterson, NJ when they played the first night football game in the state of NJ in 1936. He was active in the American Legion and had organized many military parades and celebrations in Harrington Park, NJ for a number of years. Col. Davidoff is a graduate of Michigan State University where he was active in athletics and college politics. Col. Davidoff is survived by his loving wife Mildred; sons Barry and his wife Nancy and Mark and his wife Eva; stepchildren, including his beloved caregiver, Paula and her husband John, Pam, Frank and Patrice and her husband Dale; his grandchildren Rachel, Michael, JD, Dimitri, Cole and Quinn, as well as his great-grandchildren Emily, Jessica and Jake. He is predeceased by his late wife Doreen (nee Lutz) and his daughter Beth Imperato. The family will lay Irving to rest 11AM, Monday, September 25th, at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ. Memorial contributions can be made in Col. Davidoff’s name to a Veteran’s Organization of your choice.