William Richard Orton III
January 08, 1945
- September 19, 2020
|SEBEC - William Richard Orton III died peacefully at home on September 19, 2020. Bill was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania to Dorcas Chase Orton and William Richard Orton Jr. on January 8, 1945, and grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After high school Bill went to MacLean Hospital School of Nursing in Belmont, Massachusetts and he served his first tour of duty in Vietnam, as a registered nurse. After further studies, Bill returned to Vietnam for another tour of duty as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).|
Bill came to Maine in 1976 and worked at Mayo Regional Hospital as a nurse anesthetist for thirty-five years. He loved his work and felt very fortunate to have met wonderful people during his long career.
Bill loved hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors. He had fond memories of the very first moose hunt in Maine in the fall of 1980 and several fishing trips to Cooper Camp in northern Quebec. Bill loved watching hockey, traveling with his wife, Julie, and spending time at Garland Pond. But above all, he loved his family and loved spending time with them.
As a member of the Big Pine Gun Club in Abbot, Maine, Bill participated in many activities, including skeet shooting and winter pistol league. He taught several safety courses for youth and he made many friends at the club.
In retirement, Bill volunteered for Pine Tree Hospice. He was very committed to serving clients and providing them with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. He was always ready to take a long drive on the back roads of Maine.
Bill is survived by his wife, Julie, son and daughter-in-law, Rich and Myra of Brooklyn, NY, son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Christine of Toronto, Canada, granddaughter, Julieta of Toronto, Canada, and son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Doris of Portland, Maine. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Hester and Earl Grue of Brewster, Massachusetts and by his mother-in-law, Mary Gorman of Woburn, Massachusetts, and by many nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. He will be dearly missed by many relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pine Tree Hospice, 883 West Main Street, Dover Foxcroft, Maine 04426 or Big Pine Gun Club Youth Program P.O. Box 6, Guilford, Maine 04443.
Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home.
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Published in the Bangor Daily News on September 20, 2020
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