Dr. Wilbert “Harold” Orr, was born on December 28, 1912. Dr. Orr was born at R.R. #8 Watford, Ontario to James “Chester” Orr and the former Frances Ada Brown. His parents were farmers. He was the youngest of 3 sons. His brothers were Chester Lloyd Orr and Frederick James Orr. He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse, before going to Arkona Continuation School for two years and then to the Watford High School.
Dr. Orr attended the University of Western Ontario and obtained his B.A. followed by his M.D. in 1937. His education did not stop there. He went on to complete 2 years of post-graduate studies at Hamilton General Hospital. Dr. Orr took a post-graduate course in pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Orr opened his medical practice in Ridgetown in 1939. Dr. Orr wore many hats over the years, including being President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1962 and performing the duties of Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital (Chatham). Dr. Orr was also a County Coroner.
Dr. Orr married Grace Irene Rappolt on the 28th of June, 1942. Mrs. Orr was a Registered Nurse. Mrs. Orr was born in 1916, the daughter of John and Grace Rappolt. She was raised in Beverley Twp., near Hamilton, Ontario.
Dr. and Mrs. Orr had three children, Jane Elizabeth Orr, Douglas Harold Orr and Margaret Grace Orr.
Dr. Orr belonged to the Rotary Club of Ridgetown and was President at one time. He was a member of the Mocha Shrine and held the position of Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge. He enjoyed golfing in the summer and curling in the winter.
Dr. Orr employed the same nurse, Jessie Millar for 41 years. In his obituary that appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (June 15, 1999 Pg 1803), it reported that Dr Orr “delivered 1800 babies-more than half the current population of Ridgetown).
Mrs. Orr died in 1996. Dr. Orr died in Chatham on the 2nd of January, 1999. They are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown. He was survived by his 3 children