Obituary for Anthony Joseph Orel
ANTHONY JOSEPH OREL
Anthony Joseph Orel, formerly of Imperial, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2017 with his family beside him. Tony was born on January 4, 1951. He was a graduate of Cornell University and a retired engineer.
A son of the late Anton and Catherine (Kokal) Orel, Tony was known for his role as starting offensive guard for the 1971 Cornell Ivy League Champions. However, he went on to even greater achievements. Tony was a master storyteller in the original bedtime stories category, t-shirt finalist in a Jersey Mike’s eating challenge, and he currently holds the record for the fastest time to achieve an ice cream headache. His children and grandchildren could always count on him to be a competitive opponent for a board game. Tony was absurdly punctual and loved to read. He could often be found at Barnes and Noble, enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book.
Tony had a competitive spirit but was generous with both time and money and consistently put his family’s needs above his own. He was adored by his four daughters Kelly (Brian) Harbaugh, Stacey (Matthew) Townsend, Alicia (Michael) Morrison, Angela (Robert) Morrison and eight grandchildren who will tell his story to his first great-granddaughter when she arrives later this summer: Brandon(Valeri) Megan, Tyler, Elizabeth, Olivia, Luke, Cole and Lily. He is survived by sisters Rose Marie Scumaci of Bethel, Elizabeth Holmes of Florida and Nancy Rank of Oakdale. He was preceded in death by sister Sylvia Bordo and brother Robert Orel.
Tony remained a true athlete, participating in several recreational sports leagues even into his senior years. At 66 Tony had a regular six mile run and a workout routine that shamed most 20-year-olds. However, when this did not prove sufficient to conquer cancer, he showed genuine sportsmanship and spent his final days enjoying his family, laughing and telling stories.
Friends and family will be received Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Thomas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 305 Main Street, Imperial (724-695-2800) where funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Columbkille Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to support Christian Botwright, a West Allegheny student battling cancer.