I took two tin classes from Charley at the Folk School and always was a bit in awe of his many talents. He was a great teacher and mentor and will be missed.Sorry this is so late,but just heard of it today. Best to you, Bonnie Mcguire
I have a fond memory of Charlie, I was attending my first novice blacksmithing class at John Campbell Folk School in 1986, Charlie showed me how to forge roses during the breaks. His generosity made an indelible mark with me. A lesson we should all learn from. Andy Hight
I have not known Charley very long, but I feel like I,ve lost a good friend. Betsy, my heart goes out to you. I always enjoyed our conversations at the Folk School so much.
I only recently began digging around to find the people who kindly nominated me for a term as board director during the launching of the Genesee Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Belmont in 1976 when I was a youth of only 15 years old. One of these people was the chapter's charter secretary, Charles Orlando (see Wellsville Daily Reporter, May 21, 1976). I regret that I missed the opportunity to thank him for this investment in my future so many years ago. But his family may appreciate knowing that, far more than this long past encouragement to a young lad might suggest, his legacy continues on in a much more massive investment in the water quality of the Genesee River watershed known as the Genesee River Wilds Project.
I am so blessed to have known Charlie! What a great man and a beautiful soul! He was one of God's earth angels without question! Thank you Charlie, you will be missed!
To the Orlando family, I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed talking with Charlie. He will be missed.
Heartsick for the Orlando family...Betsy I send you hugs and my shoulder if you need it..so sorry for your loss.
You will be missed, Charlie. You were a gift to this world.
Not only did Charlie help me through my first CSE Chair job, but he also taught me banjo in retirement. What a remarkable person he was and one of the best administrators I worked with. My prayers go out to Betsy and his family.
The Lord is always near when we need him most. May he comfort your hearts during this time.
So sorry for your loss, Betsy and girls. He was a special person and will be missed by many.
My condolences to the Orlando family. Charlie was our farrier for years in Wellsville, and involved with dairy goats too. He was such a brilliant man, who accomplished so much in his life. I am so sorry for your loss.
Praying for your family during this time of sorrow. Charlie touched many lives and will be sadly missed. Walt/Phyllis Dennis
My heartfelt thoughts go out to my dear friend Betsy and all the family. He will be missed but never forgotten.
My condolences to the Orlando family. Charlie was a man who left his mark on all of us. He always spoke from his heart and made you think about what he had said. He was well respected and admired. God Bless!!
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the Orlando family. The measure of ones life can be told in many ways as evident in his accomplishments. Ultimately the biggest accomplishment is how much he was loved.
Charley was an important influence in my life, as a teacher, boss, mentor and friend. I believe I had a fairly successful career as a special education teacher largely due to his assistance and encouragement. He modeled treating everyone with respect and kindness, and was always quick to encourage learning new skills. His life-long example of joyfully tackling new challenges, and 'making his own fun' continues as a positive legacy for all he leaves behind. I am sincerely thankful for the blessing he was in my life!