George Orlan, avid conservationist

George Orlan, 87, of Ridgefield, CT passed away on October 14.  He was a beloved husband to Adrienne Orlan for more than 60 years and father to Amy Gilroy, Beth Uzcategui and Fred Orlan. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.

He was an avid conservationist who worked tirelessly to preserve the natural beauty and environmental integrity of Ridgefield.  He was a member of Ridgefield’s Conservation Committee for 23 years and chaired the committee for 12 years.   George was a champion of the town’s open spaces and was mainly responsible for its acquisition of the McKeon land along Ridgebury Road, one of Ridgefield’s most iconic land tracts.

George was a Korean War veteran, an attorney, a home and commercial builder on Long Island and in Queens.  He was a gifted athlete and still holds the record of 71 years for the fastest 100 yard dash at Fieldston School in the Bronx, where he attended high school. His hobbies were numerous.  He collected stamps and built model railroad scenes in his basement.  He was an avid bird watcher, gardener, tennis player, marathon runner, and bicyclist.  He was an amateur architect and landscaper. He loved animals.  He was extremely generous, supporting many charities including the local NAACP chapter on Long Island, to which he lent his time and expertise.

George cherished his wife Adrienne and left a legacy for his children and grandchildren of a kind, generous, hard-working, responsible, civic minded family man.  We miss him dearly.

Anyone seeking to honor George may send contributions to the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, 60 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877.

—by the famil