HARRY A. “BUD” DORR
"When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live." Stuart Scott, ESPN Analyst and Sportscaster
After a two year battle with cancer, Bud Dorr went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2015. While cancer did claim his life in the end, Bud never allowed himself to lose to cancer. In these last two years, he lived by Scott's message, often repeating those words to himself and never allowing his illness to define his existence.
WATERVILLE: Bud was born January 16, 1951, the son of the late Harry A., Sr. and Dorothy Stiefvater Dorr in Utica. He was raised in Clinton and was a graduate of Clinton Central School, MVCC, and Utica College. He enjoyed a rewarding career at Utica Mutual Insurance for 40 years, finishing his service as Director of Data Management.
On June 18, 1983, Bud married Jean E. Davis at St. Bernard’s Church in Waterville. They lived in Clinton prior to moving to Waterville in 1985, where together they raised their sons. Bud’s family and community were his passion. Bud loved his country and was proud to be an American. He was a leader who encouraged others to give back and pay it forward. No matter what activity or organization he was involved with, he devoted his energies and talents to it, most often taking leadership roles. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking and bowling but put his own interests aside to actively support and be involved with the lives of his children; he coached baseball and soccer and was present for scouting and several other activities. Bud had a wonderful sense of humor and an uncanny intuition that made it difficult to surprise him. He was dedicated to New England sports and was a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Bud was a communicant of St. Bernard’s Church. He was a 13-year member of the Waterville Central School Board where he currently served as President. He served on the School Boards Institute as Legislative Committee co-chair. For 13 years he was President of the UMICO Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. He was a former member of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
Bud was a Boy Scout Leader and volunteer who served in various capacities locally as a Cub Scout leader/Cub Master, Scoutmaster/Troop Committee Chairman, Council Executive Board Member, District Chairman and District Commissioner. He was Scoutmaster of RTC Troop 328 to the 2005 National Boy Scout Jamboree. In 2001, he completed Wood Badge Leadership Training and served as a Staff Member on several Wood Badge Courses. He earned the Order of the Arrow Vigil Award, received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer by a Council, and District Award of Merit Recipient, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer by a District.
Surviving are his greatest love and angel, his wife, Jean; his beloved sons, Andrew J. Dorr of Vinalhaven, ME and Christopher T. Dorr of Waterville; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Edward Kaufmann of Arden, NC; a sister-in-law, Susan (William) Luley of Sauquoit; a brother-in-law, Michael (Kim) Davis of Bixby, OK; a "brother" Tom Davis of Richmond, VA; a “brother” Doug (Lois) Marcellus of Hamilton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews; and his precious canine companions, Maggie and Libby.
A Celebration of Bud’s life will be held with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Church, 199 Stafford Ave., Waterville.
Interment will be in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home (Kloster & Northrop Memorial Chapel), 210 E. Main St., Waterville, on Monday from 4-7pm.
Contributions in his memory made to the Waterville Central School District Foundation, PO Box 43, Waterville, NY 13480.