Gary J. Orford of Dongan Hills, Staten Island, N.Y. passed away in Seaview Nursing Home on September 23, 2018.
Gary was born in Gouverneur, N.Y. on April 6, 1940. He was the son of the late Phyllis Phillips and Emerson (Doc) Orford. Gary’s wife of 51 years was Linda Orford (Kurtz) and they shared four wonderful children together: Stephen Orford, Christine Orford, Robert Orford, and Scott Orford, all of Staten Island. His siblings included Sherlyn DePrima, Debra Samuels, and the late Sandra Phillips.
Gary enjoyed a wonderful childhood growing up in the Adirondacks and would often reminisce about the many, wonderful, outside adventures that pristine area had to offer. On Staten Island, he was a Boy Scout troop leader for his sons, once again, enjoying nature. Gary was also a published author and avid Syracuse football and basketball fan. Go Cuse!
An accomplished International Insurance Executive, Gary visited 30 states and 32 countries over a span of his illustrious career. Working for Continental Insurance Company where he met his wife, as well as AIG, Royal, and Globex International, which he helped form in 1993 and for which he was recently presented with an award for his years of commitment and dedicated service. He so cherished this award.
Gary was a very intelligent, well educated man who earned a BBA from the College of Insurance in Manhattan. He was truly an enjoyable, polite and loving person who cherished his family and the many friendships he made throughout his 78 years. Gary, thanks for the memories. Viewing was held on Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28 at the Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306.