John ‘Poke’ Orr, 77

OSWEGO, NY – John “Poke” Orr Sr., 77, of Oswego, died Wednesday January 24, 2018, in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse.

John ‘Poke’ Orr
John ‘Poke’ Orr

Mr. Orr was born in South March, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late John and Marjorie (Armstrong) Orr.

He had been a resident of Oswego since 1970.

Mr. Orr worked for the IBEW Local # 328 Oswego and Local #43 Syracuse upon their merge.

He worked at many different companies under the local which includes Nine Mile I and II nuclear power plants, James A FitzPatrick nuclear power, the Oswego Steam Station, Novelis, Miller Brewing and Budweiser.

Mr. Orr is survived by his sons, Gary (Rhoda) Heald of Hannibal, John (Faith Cook) Orr Jr. of Oswego and James (Valerie) Orr of Oswego; his sisters, Rossie Story of Canada and Joan (Brian Richards) Orr of Canada.

Mr. Orr is also survived by his grandchildren, James Jr., Alexandrea, Gary, Kara, Hannah, Amy; and his great-grandson, Gary Jr. “Bubba.”

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Sterling Orr and Janet Ritchie.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego, with Pastor Kit Swartz.

Burial will be Canada.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m., prior to the services at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St. Oswego.


  1. Requiesce in pace, Mr. Orr. You were just about the nicest customer our little used bookstore had! Even though you didn’t shop here often, when you came in to order a special out of print book, you always had a smile and a little story to tell (in that lilting Cannuck accent!), ;0) , although I heard later you suffered from several physical disabilities by this point in your life. I will always remember your riding your mower down Utica Street, and even though I feared to wave, I always thought of you kindly! God bless your family with memories that should hold them for decades if your stories were any indication!

  2. Rest in Peace Poke. Certainly a nice guy and a generous man. Worked with him at Nine Mile. He put in my electrical service and he wouldn’t take any money. I tried to sneak him some drink chips at the Shamrock but he caught me and only took one . Sorry for your loss.

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