Bill Orr Biography


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It is with great sadness that the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum has noted that lifetime member and friend of the Museum, Bill Orr,  has suddenly passed away.  Bill has touched many members over the years and he will be greatly missed. The Museum wishes to convey its sympathy to Bill’s family. The following is Bill’s obituary as it appeared in the Chronicle Herald on July 17, 1999.

ORR, William Buchanan – 87, Northwood Center, soared away July 15, 1999, in Victoria General Hospital. Born in Halifax he was the son of the late William McTaggart and Edna (Buchanan) Orr. He was a survivor of the Halifax Explosion, attended the Bloomfield School and Dalhousie University. He worked at the Richmond Paper Company from 1932-1960, then at Domtar Packaging until his retirement in 1976. He was an active member of the Halifax Kiwanis and the Halifax 292 Kiwanis Air Cadet Squadron, also serving with the Air Cadet League of Canada. He received his pilot license in 1932 and was recognized in 1992 for 60 years dedication to aviation. He continued in this field until August 1998, employed at the Career Academy School of Aviation. He was a life session member of United Memorial Church and a choir member for over 60 years. He was a leader in Trail Rangers, scouts, and a Sunday school teacher for 68 years. Mr. Orr also served on the board of Jost Mission for many years up until his death. Surviving are his wife, the former Edith Johnson; son, David, Halifax; twin daughters, Edna (Mrs. Ed Bealle), Virginia Beach; Edith (Mrs. Rolly Clattenburg), Halifax; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter, Janet (Mrs. John Taylor); grandson, Roy Clattenburg and sister, Gladys (Mrs. John Oland). Visitation Sunday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. in Snows Funeral Home, Halifax. Funeral service 2 p.m. Monday in United Memorial Church with reception in church hall. Burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery, Rev. John Tapscott and Rev. Jim Martell officiating. Donations to United Memorial Church Organ Fund, Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum or The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Nova Scotia Branch.

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