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Orr, William Sr.

Male 1917 - 1995  (78 years)


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  • Name Orr, William 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 8 May 1917  Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military 1940  New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Army National Guard 
    • Mr. Orr was attached to the 209th Coast Artillery.
    Military 1942/1945  Saint John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    US Army, WW II 
    Address:
    Fort Pepperell 
    Died 12 Aug 1995  Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 18 Aug 1995  Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Oakwood Cemetery (43° 5' 53.07" N, 79° 2' 50.53" W) 
    Notes 
    • Buffalo News, The (NY) - August 15, 1995
      Grave side services for William W. Orr, a former president of the Niagara Falls Bar Association, will be held at 11 A.M. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Road. Orr, 78, died Saturday (Aug. 12, 1995) in his home on Maple Avenue after an illness of four months. A native of Niagara Falls, he was a 1934 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, where he was on the varsity swim team and was a member of Sigma Psi social fraternity. He was a 1938 graduate of Cornell University and received his law degree there in 1940. While in college, Orr was business manager of the Cornell humor magazine, a member of the senior honor society and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon social fraternity. He was admitted to the State Bar in 1940 and was an associate of the law firm of Wallace, Orr, Brydges & Suitor from 1940 to 1945; an associate of Wallace, Orr & Wilcox from 1945 to 1946; a partner of Orr, Brydges & Orr, later Orr, Brydges, Orr & Dowd and The Orr Partnership from 1946 to 1986. He retired from the general practice of law in 1986. Orr enlisted as a private in 1940 in the 209th Coast Artillery (anti-aircraft) of the New York National Guard and he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1941 at Camp Stewart, GA. He was stationed at Fort Pepperrell in Newfoundland from 1942 to 1945, when he was discharged with the rank of captain. He was a member of the Falls Bar Association, Niagara Falls Legal Aid Society, Niagara Falls Lions Club, Niagara Falls Boys Club, Family and Children's Service of Niagara Falls and the Oakwood Cemetery Association. He was a treasurer of the Niagara Falls Chapter of the American Red Cross, a director of the United Way of Niagara, secretary of the board of governors of Niagara Falls Country Club, chairman of the Erie and Niagara County Advisory Committee of Ticor Title Guarantee Co., a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He was a former licensee of amateur radio station W2OWQ and holder of an amateur radio advanced class operators license. He was a communications officer for the Niagara Falls Civil Defense Agency. His first wife, Geraldine Walck Orr, died in 1976. Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Thompson; two daughters, Elizabeth Anne of Denver and Geraldine Caroline Eggleston of Huntington, L. I.; a brother, George A. Jr. of Youngstown; and four grandchildren.
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      William W. Orr
      Community activist was longtime lawyer
      William W. Orr, a prominent local attorney and community leader, died Saturday (Aug. 12, 1995) at home following a four-month illness. The Maple Avenue resident was 78. He was born on May 8, 1917, in Niagara Falls, the son of George A. and Anne Corson (Wallace) Orr. Mr. Orr attended Niagara Falls public schools and in 1934 graduated from Niagara Falls High School, where he was on the varsity swim team and was a member of the Sigma Psi social fraternity. He attended Cornell University, where he received his bachelor's degree in June 1938 and his law degree from Cornell Law School in June 1940. While at Cornell he was the business manager in 1937-38 of the "Cornell Widow," a humor magazine. He also was a member of Sphinx Head, a senior honor society; Kappa Beta Phi, a social honor society; and the social fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon. Admitted to the bar in September 1940, he was an associate from 1940 until 1945 in the Wallace, Orr, Brydges & Suitor law firm. He became a partner in 1946 with his brother,. George Orr, and former State Sen. Earl Brydges in Orr, Brydges & Orr, which later became. Orr, Brydges, Orr & Dowd and then the Orr Partnership. He retired in 1986. In September 1940, he enlisted as a private in the 209th Coast Artillery of the New York National Guard. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in February 1941 and stationed in Camp Stewart, Ga. He was promoted to first lieutenant in 1942 and transferred to the 421st Coast Artillery Battalion. He was stationed in Fort Pepperrell, Newfoundland, from April 1942 to June 1945. In 1943, he was promoted to captain and assigned to headquarters as a post claims officer. He was discharged in September 1945. Mr. Orr served as past president of the Niagara Falls Bar Association, the Niagara Falls Legal Aid Society, the Niagara Falls Lions Club, Family and Children's Services of Niagara Falls and the Oakwood Cemetery Association. He was a past treasurer of the Niagara Falls Chapter of the American Red Cross, a former director of the United Way of Niagara, a former member and secretary of the Board of Governors at the Niagara Falls Country Club, a former chairman of the Erie Niagara County Advisory Committee and a former member of the Ticor Title Guarantee Co. Mr. Orr also was a member of the American Bar Association and a former member of the Niagara County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He was a former licensee of amateur radio station W20WQ and a former holder of an amateur radio advanced class operators license. He was a former communications officer of the Niagara Falls Civil Defense Agency. His first wife, the former Geraldine Walck, died in 1976. He is survived by his second wife, Margaret (Thompson) Orr of Niagara Falls; two daughters, Elizabeth Anne Orr of Denver and Geraldine Eggleston of Hunting ton, Long Island; a brother, George A. Orr Jr. of Youngstown; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the family's home, 605 Maple Ave. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, Niagara Falls Chapter, 719 Ashland Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14301, or to Niagara Hospice, 460 Wheatfield. St., Suite 201, North Tonawanda, N.Y. 14120. Arrangements were made by the Otto Redanz Funeral Home.
    Person ID I325  haseley
    Last Modified 11 May 2020 

    Father Orr, George A. 
    Mother Corson, Anna 
    Family ID F11663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Walck, Geraldine Caroline,   b. 28 Sep 1917, Town of Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1976, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 8 Jan 1942  La Salle, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Address:
    Zion Lutheran Church 
    Children 
     1. Orr, William W. Jr.,   b. 8 Dec 1943, Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1980, Grand Island, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     2. Orr, Elizabeth Ann
     3. Orr, Geraldine Caroline
    Family ID F104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thompson, Margaret 
    Family ID F3768  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 May 1917 - Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Army National Guard - 1940 - New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Zion Lutheran Church - 8 Jan 1942 - La Salle, Niagara, New York, United States
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    Link to Google MapsMilitary - US Army, WW II,Address:
    Fort Pepperell - 1942/1945 - Saint John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Aug 1995 - Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Oakwood Cemetery (43° 5' 53.07" N, 79° 2' 50.53" W) - 18 Aug 1995 - Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2] SS Index.

    2. [S1] Buffalo News.

    3. [S215] Zion Lutheran Church NF.