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.

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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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Boyd Armond Bergeson

Boyd Armond Bergeson, 71, of Nixa, passed away in his home Sunday, January 11. He had been a resident of Nixa since 1993, formerly of Orlando, Fla. He was a professional jazz musician performing at Disney World and the Church Street Station. He was a Navy veteran. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd, Sr. and Evelyn Lilliman Bergeson and one sister Katherine DeVrieze. Survivors include: his wife, Marianne; one son Mitchell Bergeson and his wife Dorothy, Bettendorf, Iowa, three daughters, Michelle Anne Wilford, Ozark, Mo., Molly Kathleen Piveral and husband Randy, Ocoee, Fla.

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Anthony Iacovitti

Article on the obituary page of the Orlando Sentinel, Dec. 8, 1952, p. 13

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