William M. O'Rourke
April 14, 1935 – November 15, 2020
O’ROURKE, WILLIAM M. (BILL) – Funeral Services for Bill O’Rourke, son of the late Joseph and Laila of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be held at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8:30am. Visitation to be held at Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, 4815 Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, Florida. Bill joined the United States Marine Corp in 1952 at the age of 17 and spent eighteen months in Korea. While there, he began writing to his loving wife, Joan Brown, who he did not know at the time. Their mail courtship continued until he returned home and they were married after his discharge and celebrated their 63rd anniversary in 2019. Bill lived by his motto “I’m only here once and I’m going to do what I want to do.” Bill earned an Associate in Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and joined the City of Pittsburgh Police Department in 1964. After 26 years, Bill and Joan retired to Florida where he worked as Security Chief at Hawaiian Tropic, and later as Safety Officer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Bill joined the Daytona Beach Police Department in 1992 as a Reserve Officer and served there for almost twenty years. Bill served in the law enforcement area for over forty-six years. He was a Charter Member of Korean War Veterans Post 189, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and belonged to the American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1. He was also a volunteer Ambassador at the Daytona Beach International Airport for 12 years. Bill’s effervescent personality will be sadly missed by all those that knew and loved him. Predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Joan. Bill is survived by his sister-in-law Pat (Mrs. Robert Finkelstein of Roseville, CA); his many nieces and nephews and his great grand nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Life and Visitation
Monday, November 23, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
William M. O'Rourke
November 21, 2020
Your words of wisdom: you have to crawl before you walk; and you have to be flexible. I still owe you a pizza, Billy! Rest now.