Octavius A. Orbe

September 18, 1927 ~ September 26, 2020 (age 93)


Octavius Anthony Orbe passed away peacefully on September 26 at the age of 93. He is survived by his loving wife Eleanor Orbe (formerly, Catignani), their 7 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Tavy grew up in Passaic, New Jersey with his 6 brothers and sisters, attended The Peddie School and graduated as a member of the Princeton University Class of ‘49. His days at Princeton were interrupted by service in the army during WWII in Japan. Shortly after his return from Japan in 1949, Tavy met Ellie, they married on July 8, 1950. After completing University of Virginia Law School, Tavy began his legal career at the firm Pitney, Hardin & Kipp. In 1955 he co-founded the law firm Orbe & Nugent (later, Orbe, Nugent & Darcy), in Ridgewood, New Jersey, practicing there for more than 40 years, and finished his career at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter after the two firms merged. His distinguished legal career was marked by pro bono work, volunteering at juvenile court and night court, serving as President of both the Bergen County and New Jersey State Bar Associations and as a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Tavy was an active Princeton University alumnus and chaired the 50th Reunion for the Class of ‘49. Tavy cherished and was in awe of Ellie, who brought elegance, artistry and a sense of fun and adventure to the family. He split his time among his homes in Montvale NJ, Treasure Island FL, and his favorite place in the world, Cape Cod. He loved fishing, bird-hunting, boating, his daily dip into the sound or gulf, cocktail time, and a party for any occasion. He treasured his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, and cited his most proud accomplishment as his large and loving family. He loved nothing more than sitting around the dinner table regaling family with stories of his youthful hijinks. His grandchildren especially cherished his mischievous streak. He will be remembered for his exuberance for life and his joy when surrounded by family and friends. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Tuesday, September 29th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Feeney Funeral Home, Ridgewood. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:00 am at St. Gabriel the Archangel, Saddle River. In lieu of flowers donations may me made to St. Jude Children's hospital at or to The Wounded Warriors Project at or to the National Audubon Society at or to The Nature Conservancy at
THe Funeral Mass on Wednesday September 30th at 11:00 will be live streamed. Please follow the link below.

We will allow 33 people at a time into the funeral home. You MUST be wearing a mask to enter, and masks must be worn AT ALL TIMES. Every 1/2 hour, we will clear the funeral home of guests (not family), sanitize, and reopen for 33 more guests. The sanitizing will take approximately 5 minutes each time. Inside the funeral home there are tape marks on the floor to promote social distancing, and there will be an orderly line to pay your respects. There will be a one way flow of visitors as entry is allowed only through the front door and exiting only through the back door. Once a visitor leaves they are not permitted back into the building.

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September 29, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Feeney Funeral Home
232 Franklin Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

September 30, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Gabriel RC Church
88 E. Saddle River Road
Saddle River, NJ

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