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James Haddow "Reds" Orpin, salesman

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James Haddow "Reds" Orpin, a retired salesman and former Overlea resident, died Monday of a heart attack at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was 70.

Mr. Orpin was born in Newark, N.J., and moved with his family at an early age to Meise Drive in Northeast Baltimore.

He was a graduate of Parkville High School and served in the Army in Alaska from 1964 to 1966, when he was discharged with the rank of private.

A musician who played guitar and bass, Mr. Orpin was a founder in the early 1960s of Danny and the Elegants, which for a time was the house band at Hollywood Park in Essex.

A professional salesman, Mr. Orpin sold insurance for the New York Life Insurance Co. and later sold copy machines. He retired in 1991.

In addition to music, Mr. Orpin enjoyed following Republican politics, said a daughter, Jennifer Crabb of Frederick.

He had lived in Pensacola since 1981.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 20 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave., Parkville.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Orpin is survived by his wife of 31 years, Barbara Wireman-Orpin; another daughter, Susan Quigg of Baltimore; two stepsons, Bruce Wireman and Steve Wireman, both of Pensacola; two brothers, Arthur Orpin and Henry Orpin, both of Baltimore; a sister, Donna Plank of Baltimore; and six grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Patricia Trotton ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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