David W. Orr
- May 12, 1962 - February 20, 2011
- Grosse Ile, Michigan
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“My love David. Today you are gone 2 years. Wow,it feels like only yesterday we spoke our love for each other. I miss your smile , your voice,your...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: your bride - Grosse Ile, MI
“My dear hubby, 1 year has past since you left all who love and cherish you.
My life is so different these days, I miss you so much its painful. I...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: your lovely bride - Grosse Ile, MI
“My dearest beloved husband.
1 year since you left our world together. I miss you as much today as I did the day we said so long for now. I love you...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: Melanie - Grosse Ile, MI - wife
“My darling hubby, I miss you with every fiber of my being. Everyday is a struggle, feeling as though I can't go on,but when I see our sons Nicholas...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Melanie A. Orr - Grosse Ile, MI
“I will always remember
David as honest and fun to be around.
5 of 32 | Posted by: Fred Manuel - Trenton, MI
“Melanie,John Robert and Nick,
as time passes I hope that your pain lessens and you will be comforted by wonderful, blessed memories. Our thoughts...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Janet and Lee Hodge
“Melanie, Nicholas, and John Robert
We are all obviously very sad knowing David's physical presence is no longer with us. Tim was especially sorry...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Teresa Sutter - Toledo, OH
“Melanie and family,
We were very saddened to hear about Davids passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
8 of 32 | Posted by: Brian and Marsha webb - MI
“Melanie, Nicholas, & John,
We were saddened to hear about David's passing.
Fond memories of David's zest for life and contagious smile will...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: MICHELE & TOM - Lexington & Holt, MI
“Melanie, Nicholas, John Robert,
Our Hearts and prayers are with you always. We know that David will be missed by all of us in the families....Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Ted Assaf - Virginia Beach, VA
“Dave alway had a great smile. We had some great times together and i will miss him. It was an honor to call him my friend. God Bless you Dave you...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: donald jamieson - friend
“Dave was a great man, and it was my pleasure to know him. I will miss his smiling face and always pleasent conversations. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: Phil Essenmacher - MI - Friend
“Melanie, John, and Nick
I am very sorry for your loss. David will be in my prayers.
13 of 32 | Posted by: Christine Fisher
“We are honored that you have allowed us to step into your lives for even a short period of time to care for David....an outstanding man, caring and...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Lynette Trojniak and Karmanos' Friends - MI
“To Melanie and Sons,
Oh, how I grieve with you; things look so dark right now, but in time each day will be a little easier. Here is a quote...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Bonnie Lawrence - Metamora, MI
“To David's family, my deepest sympathy goes out to you for the loss of your husband and father. Dave and I grew up together, we shared paper routes...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Ron Sherbutt - Fort Gratiot, MI
“Such fond memories of Daivd growing up, he always had a contagious smile. He will be sadly missed by so many.
Thoughts and prayers are with you...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Paige Hirschfield Korth - MI
“Melanie, Nicholas and John,
I am so very sorry to hear about your husband and father. My heart goes out to all of you, as well as thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Lynn Porrett Coleman - Port Huron, MI
IT SADDENS ME TO HEAR THAT DAVID PASSED. HE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND WILL BE MISSED. IT WAS NICE TO SEE THAT YOU ALL WERE AT THE...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: CAROLINE WARR - Clermont, FL
“How saddened we were to hear of the passing of David. Such a wonderful man. We will hold all the wonderful memories especially at the cottage so dear...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Paula and Tom cafego - Friends
“Dear Melanie, Nick and John Robert,
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your husband/father. My heart aches for you and the boys...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Tamar Finan - Boston, MA
“Our dear friends Melanie, Nick, and John,
From the moment we all met at the cottage fence I knew we had hit lucky to have such nice, fun neighbors.
...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: Kevin & Renee Keyes and family - MI
“Dear Melanie, Nick and John Robert--
We are very saddened to hear of David's passing and are sorry for your loss. We pray that you will take...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Jeff Assaf - Los Angeles, CA
“MELANIE, NICK AND JOHN,
OUR HEARTS WERE BROKEN, WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT DAVID, LEAVING THIS WORLD WHEY TOO SOON. HE WAS A KIND, FUNNY, AND SO...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: EARL AND CAROL FORTNER - AZ
“Melanie & Boys,
We are so sorry for your loss. My God bless you during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Kimberly & William Janeczko and Family - MI
“Dear Melanie and Family,
My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, please call me if you need...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Kimberly Frizzle - Friend
“Dearest Melanie and Sons, We Pray for your Families Comfort. Our Deepest Sympathy and Peace For David. May God Bless you and your family. I know...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Judy & Chuck Zimmer
“Dear Melanie & Family,
All I can say right now is I'm so sorry! I'm at a loss for words which is unusual for me! I Love You, Nick. & John Robert!...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Eva Bumbul - Allen Park, MI
“Dear Melanie, Nick and John, we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and we love you so much! We will miss David and I will always...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Beth and Steve Cogswell - NC
“In the days and months ahead we will keep your family lifted up in prayer. Blessed be the tie that binds. We love you and are so very sorry for...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Jim and Connee Burton - cousin
“I will miss you David.
31 of 32 | Posted by: Tony Speed - Irvine, CA - friend
“Dearest Melanie, Nicholas and John Robert,
Our prayers, hearts and thoughts are with you. David's love will live within you always.
...Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Thelma and Lynn Assaf
Orr, David W., age 48, Feb. 20, 2011. Beloved husband of Melanie. Loving father of Nicholas and John Robert. Dearest son of the late John and Nancy Orr. Brother of Diane Vogan and the late John Orr. Contributions in memory of David's life may be made directly to the family C/O The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 3200 West Rd., Trenton, MI 48183
David Orr was the quintessential man of honor, integrity, family and country. He grew up with loving parents, family and loving the Lord. As a youth his maternal grandmother was his Sunday school teacher His love of the bible and knowing scripture continued throughout his entire life. He had a memory like no others and was able to recite and quote scripture, to make any point he was trying to get across.
He remained very close to his parents throughout their lives caring for them until their deaths in 1997 and 2001. David graduated in 1980 from Port Huron Central High School and attended Michigan Tech University for 1 year. Upon returning home to Port Huron in 1981 he began a job at the Cross Company in Port Huron MI. As a 19 year old man he demonstrated a strong desire and ability to learn new skills. He had a lot of initiative and was a self starter. He set very high standards for the quality of his work and could always be counted on to provide extra effort in assuring his job was completed in a timely and professional manner.
In 1982 he began his career with Intercoastal Airways in the capacity of Operations Manager of the air freight business, until 1986. Following in his father’s footsteps a career in real estate and sales became his passion. He had many mentors along the way in the field of sales, home improvement and remodeling. With a new wife, Melanie as of June 28th 1986 and their first home in Grosse Ile with the help of David’s dad a realtor, the adventure began. 2 years after the marriage,
June 28, 1988 Nicholas Raymond was born. He was the apple off his father’s eyes. In 1988 they all moved to Flat Rock MI to a home that would accommodate the growing family. David continued to work briefly in Real Estate. His path crossed with many people who would have tremendous influence to begin a career in home improvement. He got his license as a contractor/builder, settling on Residential/commercial remodeling industry.
May 29, 1992 John Robert was born. David was over the moon with his 2nd son. His hunting party was getting a new member. David’s dad was instrumental in planting the seed for the love of outdoors and hunting to David and all his buddies. David continued that tradition with his father’s contemporaries, his contemporaries, and now Nick and John’s friends. It has been a tradition since David’s youth with his grandparents Jack and Sadie Orr.
David wanted to instill the love of family to his children and created many wonderful memories during their trips to the Florida Keys. Memories and lessons were created for these 2 sons by their father in every aspect of their lives. Everything was a lesson learned, from brushing their teeth, to changing the bearings on the boat trailer to caring for their firearms following a hunt. They learned to do their best in school, being men of integrity and honor in the workplace and the military. He expected a lot from his boys because this would separate them from the average, to be great men and carry on the Orr family name.
David conducted his last 8 months of life, “business as usual”. With his beloved Melanie by his side during his chemo, he never once missed a day’s work; following the doctor’s explicit directions he was rarely sick. He amazed us all that life could go on during this time, not allowing himself to be pitied. His family and friends drew their own strength by his attitude that he would continue living as long as the Good Lord saw fit. Our Lord loved David so much because of his faithfulness he saw fit to not let David suffer the ravages of his cancer, rather his life ended peacefully surrounded by his family and friends after a stroke which took his life Feb 20,2011. Our Lord is kind and merciful and was ready to call David back home. From death to new life into the kingdom of heaven may you rest in peace dear David.