Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage

by ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM

EPOCH is a depository of information that will be held for future generations of researchers and genealogists. Family and friends of the deceased can submit detailed obituaries as a tribute to their loved ones, and in doing so help build a meaningful history of the residents of the community.

Latest Tributes

Robert Erhart

Robert John Erhart was the type of person you met once and you couldn't help but immediately like him. Funny, silly, smart, crazy, polite, respectful...all these words are descriptions of Robbie, but none of them can sum up the amazing young man he was. Robbie was born in Buffalo, New York on March 14th, 1990, to Lea and Terry. Although his parents divorced when Rob was eight-years-old, he had plenty of love in his life from his family.

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Paul Winston Oetting

PAUL WINSTON OETTING, 34, Enka Avenue, Orlando, died Monday, Oct. 14. Mr. Oetting was an entertainment technician for Walt Disney World. Born in Fort Eustis, Va., he moved to Central Florida in 1990. He was Protestant and a member of IATSE No. 631 and the King's Players. Survivors: wife, Marcea; son, Bret S., Orlando; parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert, Miramar; brother, Karl D., Griffin, Ga.; sister, Dawn, Miramar. Dobbs Funeral Home, West Orlando Chapel.

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William "Bill" White

Bill White was the "Baron of Bourbon Street" at Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Emporium for over 10 years. His tribute to Satchmo and his rendition of "Wonderful World" were favorites of visitors to Rosie's. Bill can be seen in a marketing video now posted on YouTube.com. You can see and hear Bill at about 1:35 into the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP8q7C6uM1I

WHITE, WILLIAM "BILL" 66 of Umatilla passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2009.

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Kent Anthony Abreo

Kent Abreo was part of Rosie O'Grady's Good Time Dixieland Band at Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida during its heyday. No obituary has been found, just basic information on his date of birth: April 2, 1941 and his date of death: April 28, 2010.

Former band member Dave Gannett on his website TubaGear.com had this remarkable bit of trivia about Kent: Kent Abreo felt that regular reeds were too flimsy. He played on reed BLANKS to the utter consternation and amazement of the other reed players!

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George W. Palmer

Obituary from Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home / Orlando Sentinel

Palmer, Jr., George

George W. Palmer, Jr., 79, of Orlando, FL, beloved Husband, Father, Brother, and friend to the hundreds of musicians he worked and played with throughout his life, went peacefully to his maker on July 13, 2014. He was born on November 2, 1934, in Glens Falls, NY, to George and Doris Palmer of Lake Luzerne, NY.

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Donald Keith Lord

Donald Keith Lord August 20, 1931 - September 1, 2009 - U.S. Veteran
Don was born August 20, 1931, in a farmhouse in Gilead, Maine. From the beginning Don was intended for success. In his early years, he received 13 pins for perfect attendance in Sunday school – one for each year. He started playing the trumpet at age 7 and at the age of 12 he began playing for dances with his mother and father (Lord’s Orchestra). He continued to play with Lord’s Orchestra until college (1949).

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