Orr, Ernest Watson

Orr, Ernest Watson

October 2, 1931 – May 21, 2018
Age 86 of Saint Paul, died peacefully in Comfort Care at United Hospital in St. Paul. Ernest was born to Dr. Ernest & Evelyn Orr (nee Watson) on October 2, 1931. His parents were from County Antrim & Armagh, respectively, in N. Ireland. They moved to Wattstown in the Rhondda Fach mining valley of S. Wales, where his father was a GP & surgeon, and where they raised their family. Ernest attended Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, and entered the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, where he completed medical school with honors. He did his internship at East Glamorgan Hospital in S. Wales before joining his father in general practice. He married Mary (nee Williams) in 1959, and in 1963, they moved to Minnesota, where Ernest chose to redo his internship, at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Paul. He then began his residency as an OB/GYN through the University of MN program. He later joined Dr. James Wall and Dr. Ernest Goodman to create Parkview OB/GYN Clinic in St. Paul. In more than 40 years of practice, Ernest delivered thousands of babies and became recognized as a highly skilled surgeon. Ernest was also active in sports. His father taught him to golf at age 5. He boxed for Irish Universities, played rugby, soccer,and tennis, and was a competitive swimmer. He was an extraordinary man, always filled with kindness, laughter, and good cheer, and he was quick to help anyone in need. His family and friends will miss his lovely smile, his quick wit, and his cheeky charm. His wife and best friend, Mary, will cherish memories of the long adventure they shared. His children especially adored him, and he was so proud of each of them. His cherished grandchildren will sorely miss their very dear Papa. Ernest is survived by Mary, his beloved wife of 59 years; his daughter Elizabeth (Rob) Ryks; his sons James (Janet) and Rhidian (Carin); and his grandchildren Rhiannon, Zoe, Elliot, Oskar and Watson. A celebration of Ernest’s life will be held at House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave., St. Paul, on Thursday, June 14 at 11 a.m. Following that, the family will welcome friends at a reception at the University Club of St. Paul. (Valet service available.) Memorials preferred to the Mother Baby Center in United Hospital, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, or House of Hope Presbyterian Church. (Published in the Pioneer Press from May 27 to June 10, 2018).