May 25, 1924 – August 2, 2018
Orley Solomon, 94, died on August 2, 2018. He leaves his loving wife of 69 years, Arlene Solomon; daughter Jan Solomon and her partner Joyce Vail; son Larry Solomon; granddaughters Meara Solomon and Rachel Solomon; grandson Isaac Solomon; great grandchildren Quinn and Peyton Bodle; great grandchildren Maggie and Nate Vail; and their parents Patrick and Ashley Vail; and sister Marsha Hirsh and her husband Sidney Hirsh.
Everyone loved Orley, his charm, his sense of humor, and his exuberance for life. He was born in Seattle, and also lived in Bellevue and Issaquah; he served in the US Army during World War II; and returned to Seattle to work in sales. Ben Bridge Jewelers hired Orley in 1960, beginning a successful career that spanned 50 years. He became Senior Vice President of Sales at the company, and in 1998, was awarded the American Gem Society’s most prestigious honor, the Shipley Award, for his lifelong contributions to the jewelry industry. He was a compassionate mentor who inspired countless Ben Bridge staff and their families. His book, Selling from A to Z, remains the cornerstone of the Ben Bridge training program even today.
Orley believed strongly in community service; he served as president of the Southcenter Merchants Association and the Southcenter Rotary; and was a volunteer speaker and trainer for the American Gem Society, encouraging more than one generation of jewelers.
Orley was known and loved by all as a part-time magician. While he was expert at performing tricks that amazed his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all his friends aged one month to 100, his true magic was in how he made those around him feel special and genuinely loved. He inspired all who knew him with his passion for life, his positive attitude, and his love for family and friends.
He loved sitting in the Maui sun with his wife Arlene, whom he cherished; spending time with lifelong friends in the poker club; playing tennis; being in any restaurant seat that had a view of the water; and amazing everyone he could with his Magic Squares puzzle. We will miss his smile, his charm, and his love for all of us.
A private entombment service for the family was held August 7, 2018 in the Home of Peace Mausoleum at Butterworth-Arthur A. Wright Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held for Orley Solomon at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 19th, at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100-Timber Ridge Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027.
All are welcome to sign the online guestbook below.
- A Celebration of Orley Solomon's Life will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Timber Ridge at Talus, 100-Timber Ridge Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027 Sunday, August 19, 2018
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Carolyn and Bob Norman
August 16, 2018
As original members of Central Park Tennis Club, and knowing Orley and Arlene from there, we were saddened to hear of his passing. Orley always had a smile on his face, and joke on his lips, and a kind word for everyone. He would entertain the Saturday Morning Tennis Boys with his Magic Squares Puzzle, and they to this day they don't know how he did it. Our daughter Laura interviewed with Orley when she graduated from the GIA and he hired her to work at Ben Bridge downtown, a job and people she loved, and she always had a soft spot for Orley. We send our warmest thoughts to Arlene and the family, knowing that they will have a lifetime of wonderful memories from which to hold Orley close to their hearts. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Carolyn and Bob Norman
August 14, 2018
I send my love and condolences to all the family. Orley was a special man loved by all who knew him. He played a very important part in my life from the time I was a small child amazed at his magic tricks to his participation in Suzie's wedding as a stand in for my dad who had passed away. It seems just yesterday we attended a wonderful celebration for his 80th birthday!!
Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the service as we are out of town from the 16th until the 23rd - and are unable to adjust the dates . I am sorry we will not be there in person to pay our love and respects.
Sharon and John Cameron
Jim and Lourdes deMaine
August 12, 2018
I have such fond memories of Orly. Arlene, I can only imagine how much you must miss his glowing personality which literally filled any room he was in. Friendly and competitive on the tennis court, Orly always had a kind word for the competition - win or lose. He loved morning breakfasts in Kirkland. Lourdes and I were fortunate enough to share one of those with Arlene and Orly. Arlene, we'll be out of town during the memorial service, but our thoughts are with you. As I write this, I have no trouble picturing Orly's smiling persona - a true gift from beyond.
August 11, 2018
Orley hired me into the Ben Bridge family 38 years ago. His zest for life was amazing. He taught us all how to sell diamonds, but more importantly he taught us to have fun!
One of his commandments “Thou shalt have fun!” and we always did when he was around. He was our Vice President, mentor and friend. All our lives are better because he was in it. Thank you to Arlene, Jan and Larry for sharing him with us.
August 10, 2018
Orley and Arlene were my Mom and Dad’s dearest friends. I remember how wonderfully Orley performed those magic tricks, not only for me, but as time went on, for my children as well. They still remember those tricks even after all these years! Our hearts go out to Arlene, Jan and Larry, as well as all other beloved family and friends. He was such a wonderful man.
August 9, 2018
Orley packed such a bundle of love and energy into his body....he was larger than life! He and Arlene were very dear friends with my parents, so I really have known the family my whole life. I was then smart enough to listen to him when he encouraged me to come to work for Ben Bridge, which I did for close to 30 years. He touched everyone’s life that he came in contact with, and always for the better. I loved him like a second father and while my heart is sad that he is gone, I will always cherish my time with him. He not only loved me, but inspired me and I was lucky to have had him in my life. My love goes out to Arlene, Jan and Larry. Rest In Peace dear Orley.......you will be missed.
August 9, 2018
My sincere condolences to the family of Orley Solomon.
As I just started my 39th year as an associate at Ben Bridge Jeweler, I have many many wonderful memories of Orley. He was a great mentor. He taught us sales techniques that are still being used company wide today. His 'magic' always amazed and entertained me! Orley, your life was well lived. I guess Herb just wanted you to come join him. You will be missed.
August 9, 2018
I was very saddened to hear about Orley passing away. He was loved by everyone. Orley was my godfather and I have nothing but wonderful positive memories of the times we spent together. I’ll share one here. When my dad died many years ago Orley was there for me and like a second father. He spent time with me. He took me out to lunch, had me over to his home, helped me on my consulting start up business, and listened and encouraged me in all ways. Every time I saw him he had a big smile on his face. I couldn’t help but smile back. When we would go out to lunch Orley was known by everyone and held in very high esteem. He was charming, witty, charismatic, kind and thoughtful though he never once let me pick up the check at a meal. It was such a privilege to have him in my life and he was always there for me. Everyone that knew Orley loved him. He made people feel better about themselves and he was always encouraging to people. I must share one other thing. In 2009 I was engaged to the love of my life. I asked Orley to help me pick out the ring. Nancy, my wife to be, loved it, but saw something she liked even better. I was hesitant as it was more money, but Orley told me that I would never regret it and I should do it. He said it would make her happy and I would be happy as well. He was absolutely right as always.
I will miss Orley deeply, but will always have fond memories to keep his spirit alive in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Arlene, Jan, and Larry and their families. Orley seemed to make us all a little better and I will always love him
Henry M. Brashen