Bill Orford Sr. of Winston Salem, North Carolina passed away on December 26, 2014 at the age of 96.
He was born in Hempstead, Long Island on September 26, 1918. While studying music at the Crane School of Music from 1937-1941, Bill met Florence Moses, also a music major, and they were married in December, 1943.
Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War from June, 1941 until October, 1945. Two years were spent in the South Pacific then, during the last two years of the war, Bill played first trombone in the U.S, Army band which performed War Bond Concerts in the eastern U.S.
From 1946 until 1976 Bill taught and was Music Director at Mahopac Central Schools. His first wife, Florence, also taught music in the Mahopac schools and for many years they were the entire music department. Bill and Flo were also members of the Mahopac Golf Club for over 20 years and Bill continued his passion for golf into his 97th year. Flo passed away in 1980 and Bill moved to Florida.
Bill continued his music and piano tuning while in Florida. He played violin with several symphony orchestras and was the leader of the “Riviera Rascals”, a dance band made up of senior residents of the Riviera Golf Estates in Naples, Florida. He played violin in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984-1987. He was a violist with the Naples Orchestra and Chorus from 2002 to 2005.
In 1987, Bill married Doris Dee. They resided in Naples, FL and Clemmons, NC. Doris passed away on New Year’s Eve, 1991.
In 1994, Bill was leading the “Riviera Rascals” at a July 4th celebration when he met Janet Faust who recited a patriotic poem. Jan and Bill were married in January, 1995 and had 15 wonderful years together. They were a duo in music, traveled extensively, played golf and attended many concerts and plays. Jan passed away on April 1, 2010.
Bill moved to Union Grove, NC in June 2010 to live with his son Bill, Jr. and his wife Beth on their 46 acre farm and vineyard. In March of 2014, Bill moved to Heritage Woods, a senior’s independent living facility in Winston-Salem, NC.
Bill is survived by his son, Bill Jr, his daughter Jan Zoesch of Wallace, NC, four grandsons, and seven great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 6pm- 8pm on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Cargain Funeral Home, 418 Route Six, Mahopac, NY 10541 (845)628-5655. A Memorial Service will be held at the Cargain Funeral Home at 10am on Saturday, January 10, 2015 followed by the burial at Hillside Cemetery in Peekskill, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to:
The Winston-Salem Symphony
Education & Community Engagement Program
201 North Broad Street, Suite 200
Winston Salem, NC 27101