Orville M. Giddings
Giddings, 90, husband of Roxann (Macdonough) Giddings of Ipswich, died
Friday, March 29, 2019 with his wife, son and daughter by his side.
He was born in
Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Isobel Mowll and Orville Tiffany
Giddings, and spent most of his childhood in Newtown, Conn, graduating
from Newtown High School. After four years in the U.S. Navy during the
Korean War, he attended Drexel Institute and graduated from Rutgers
University in 1958 and later received a MSEE from Northeastern University.
After coming to the Boston area, he worked as a microwave antenna engineer
for various companies, including TRG and MA/Com.
It was though
Orvís love of hiking and skiing he met and later married Roxann Macdonough
in 1960. They moved from Cambridge to Ipswich in 1962.
As a longtime
member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Orv loved the mountains but also
the water. Many hours were happily spent plying the upper Ipswich River by
canoe and sailing the lower out to the bay.
many years singing with the Ipswich Summer Theater, the Newburyport Choral
Society and was a founding member of the Cantemus Chamber Chorus. He and
his family were members of the Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship of
Ipswich in the 60ís and 70ís.
Orv and Roxy
shared fifty-eight years of happiness together and with their children and
grandchildren. In addition to his wife he leaves his son Orville of
Ipswich, his daughter Rebecca McCatty and her husband Steve and
grandchildren Alex and Rachel, all of Ipswich. He is also survived by his
sister Nancy Ormiston of Florida, and his sister-in-law Barbara Giddings
of Oregon, widow of his late brother Don.
A gathering to
celebrate Orvís life will be held at the Heard House Museum in Ipswich on
Saturday April 27
to 4:00 pm. Family and friends are cordially welcomed.
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