The Eastport Arts Center community was saddened to hear of the passing of David Orrell last week. A good friend and fellow artist Pat Derry offered these remembrances:
Above all Dave loved Marie, his children, his grandchildren, and his brothers. They always came first in his life. He loved Eastport and didn’t miss an opportunity to show his affection by participating in every expression of the city’s culture, the Arts Center, Stage East, the Eastport Gallery, and always said yes to anyone who asked him to lend his talent to any endeavor to which he felt he could make a contribution. He felt deeply about his spiritual life, attending Mass weekly at St. Joseph’s Church, where he sang in the choir. He loved his friends. He encouraged them, supported them, and laughed with them. He was always available when needed with counseling or with kindnesses. He loved going to the coffee shop in the morning to hang out with his friends and learn what was happening in town. He loved game nights and was a fierce competitor.
What he gave to all of us is immeasurable. Dave consciously loved his life and in doing so he made a significant contribution to the lives of everyone who knew him. He is very much missed. He will always be remembered.
Here are a collection of images of David giving a Sunday Afternoons at the EAC talk in 2014, taken by Robin Farrin. We extend our sincere condolences to Marie Orrell and family.