Edward Francis Orr Jr.

Jan. 21, 1924 - Feb. 10,2014
Edward Francis Orr Jr. - Jan. 21, 1924 - Feb. 10,2014

       Edward Francis Orr Jr., a longtime South Fork resident and former principal of the Southampton Middle School, died on Feb. 10 at home in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he moved in 2005. He was 90.

       A graduate of Brooklyn College and Fordham University, from which he earned a master’s degree in education, Mr. Orr served as principal at William Floyd High School from 1958 to 1962, at Manville High School in New Jersey from 1962 to 1964, and at the Southampton Middle School from 1964 until his retirement in 1978. He continued working as a substitute teacher on the East End for many years after retiring.

       A passionate sailor, Mr. Orr owned six boats, including the Delta Lady, the Appledore, and Lady Nell, which sailed out of Sag Harbor and Montauk. Over the years he had lived in Montauk, East Hampton, and, from time to time, on one of his boats, according to his son Robert Orr of East Hampton.

       He was also a Suffolk County lifeguard at Smithtown beach and coached and officiated high school basketball and football in New Jersey and Southampton. He ran for Southampton Town supervisor at one point, losing by just 100 votes.

       Mr. Orr was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 21, 1924. His parents were Edward Francis Orr Sr. and the former Helen McWilliams. Raised in Brooklyn, he was stationed at Guadalcanal during World War II and served as a Marine Corps drill instructor in Parris Island, S.C. He married Evelyn M. Fleming on Sept. 8, 1945. They had four children. His wife died in 2005.

       In addition to his son Robert Orr, another son, Edward Orr of Montauk, and three grandchildren survive Mr. Orr. Two children, Thomas Orr and Anne Rowinsky, died before him.

       Mr. Orr attended Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton. A service will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett. His ashes will be spread at sea during the summer.