Dr. W.O. Cobb, Former Gardiner Mayor, Football Great, Dies at 80
Gardiner, Oct. 18 – Dr. William Orrin Cobb, 80. a former prominent football player and ex-Mayor of this city, died Tuesday morning at Gardiner General Hospital. He was one of Gardiner High School’s first football coaches in the days of the Flying Wedge.
He served as Mayor of Gardiner from 1927-34. Following his term as Mayor, he served as Republican State Senator for two terms.
He was a member of Hermon Lodge, F. & A.M. No. 32, and was a 32d Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He also belonged to Kora Temple Shrine.
Cobb was a former State Commander of Sons of Union Veterans and was a Past Master of Gardiner Grange. A member of Gardiner Golden Cross, he attended Highland Avenue Methodist Church.
He was educated in the schools of Chelsea, Me., and was graduated from Kents Hill, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. and Dartmouth Medical School.
Born at Chelsea, Me., February 18, 1869, he was the son of Stephen A. Cobb and Harriet (Searles) Cobb. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marion (Pierce) Cobb, Gardiner; a son, Donald P. Cobb of Bridgton, Me.; a granddaughter, Donna Mae Cobb, also of Bridgton; two brothers, Charles and G.A. Cobb both of Gardiner; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Arthur, Farmingdale, Miss Florence Cobb, Wheaton, Ill.; several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Amesbury White Funeral Home, 39 Washington Avenue, Gardiner.
Dr. William Orrin Cobb
Gardiner – Funeral services for Dr. William Orrin Cobb were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Amesbury-White Funeral Home with the Rev. David R. Hickland of Highland Avenue Methodist Church officiating.
Representatives were present from Gardiner Lodge No. 9, IOOF, of which Dr. Cobb had been a member for over 50 years; Hermon Lodge No. 32, F. & A.M. and Gardiner General Hospital.
Bearers were Gardiner doctors. They were Dr. Frank B. Bull, Dr. Chalmers D. Farrell, Dr. Anthony E. Lepore, Dr. Hugh J. Matthews, Jr., Dr. Clarence R. McLaughlin, and Dr. Kurt A. Sommerfield.
Burial was in the family lot at Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner.