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James F. Orpin, Jr.
(January 4, 1925 - September 10, 2013)

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James F. Orpin, Jr., a resident of Reading for 58 years, died September 10, 2013 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was 88 years of age. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 4, 1925, he was the son of the late James F. Orpin and Isabelle W. (Buchanan) Orpin. James graduated from Boston English High School and went on to graduate Northeastern University. James was a longtime employee of Charles T. Main Company. He was a member of the Quannapowit Yacht Club and the First Congregational Church. James proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. James was the husband of the late Marjorie R. (VanGemert) Orpin. Devoted father of Deborah Deitz and her husband David of Sharon and Mark D. Orpin and his companion Susan Bonaccorso of Wilmington. Grandfather of Colin, Alison, Nolan, Ethan, Nora and his late grandson David. Funeral Services will be held at the Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home, 25 Sanborn St. (corner of Woburn St.) Reading, Saturday September 14 at 1:00 pm. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the service from noon to 1 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made in memory of James and Marjorie Orpin to the Reading Public Library Foundation PO Box 96 Reading, MA 0187. Burial will be in Charles Lawn Cemetery, Reading. For information, directions and online guestbook visit


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