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David J. Orr, Air Force veteran, businessman

Sept. 2, 1935 – July 29, 2015

David J. “Dave” Orr of Williamsville, an Air Force veteran and businessman, died Wednesday in the Buffalo VA Medical Center after several years battling illnesses and deteriorating health. He was 79.

Born in Buffalo, he grew up in Kenmore and graduated from Kenmore High School. He majored in business administration at the University of Buffalo.

He served as an airman first class in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1961 and was based near Munich, Germany, and Paris, France.

After returning to the states, Mr. Orr met the former Doris Kathleen Wolos and they were married in Buffalo on April 11, 1959. They raised three children and lived over the years in Buffalo, Cleveland, Jamestown, Pittsburgh, Utica and the Washington, D.C., area as he progressed in his career.

Most of his career was in the insurance industry with Maryland Casualty Co., where he climbed the ranks as a claims representative, supervisor and manager, Northeast United States regional supervisor, and claim research and service manager at the company’s home office in Washington.

His experience included all facets of property and casualty claims expertise.

He was called upon by the company to establish and manage a new office in Utica. He received specialized training with “The Maryland” and earned certificates for completion of courses and seminar instruction.

Most of his career with Maryland Casualty was in the 1970s and 1980s in Pittsburgh, where he won a national company award in 1974 based on commendations from supervisors and clients. While in Pittsburgh, he also was a member on the Inter-Company Arbitration Panel for Western Pennsylvania.

Family trips were an enjoyable part of his life, most memorable being the annual vacations to Long Beach, Ont., along Lake Erie. In later years, he and his wife traveled across America and internationally, notably to Europe and the land of his ancestors, Ireland and Scotland. After his wife and children, his great love was for the Buffalo Bills and the American Football League.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, James; two daughters, Patricia Jasko and Susan Orr-McMangle; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. 200 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville.

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