William H. “Bill” Orman, 61, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at his home in Concord, N.C., with his wife and children by his side. Bill had been fighting a four-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Born to Robert and Eileen Orman, he was a lifelong Auburn resident until moving to North Carolina last year. Bill was a 1974 graduate of Auburn High School. Since 1992, he and his wife, Darlene, owned and operated Hares and Orman Plumbing and Heating; as well as Hares and Weeks, until his illness prevented him from continuing to do so. He was a licensed master plumber for the city of Auburn and the county of Onondaga. Previous to this, he worked for Hares and Weeks as well as F. Rizzo Construction.
Bill played many years pitching in the A Division Fast Pitch Softball League in Auburn and was a lifelong New York Giants fan. He loved the game of golf, playing most recently in the Wednesday Night League at Dutch Hollow Country Club. He was actively involved in coaching multiple sports teams for his son, including CCYO Basketball and American Legion Baseball. More recently, he volunteered his time serving on the City of Auburn Plumbing Board.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John (Wing) Orman, and his father-in-law, Lew Hares.
Bill chose to donate his body to the University of North Carolina Medical School with the hope that one day soon a cure will be found for ALS. Please consider a donation in his memory to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation, 100 North Tryon St., Suite 3420, Charlotte, NC 28202 (or via joemartinalsfoundation.org), a foundation whose mission is to help families face the challenges of living actively with ALS.