Club Statement: Sir John Orr 1945-2018

Club Statement: Sir John Orr 1945-2018

in Club News February 19, 2018

Everyone at Kilmarnock Football Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Honorary President and former Chairman Sir John Orr.

Sir John served as chairman between 2001 and 2003 following a distinguished career in the police service.

He held the title of Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police from 1996 until 2001, when he received a knighthood from Her Majesty The Queen.

Sir John's son, Gordon Orr said: "My dad was brought up in Onthank and first attended Rugby Park with his father and uncle at 6 or 7 years old.

"He used to talk passionately about the goalscoring abilities of Andy Kerr and like many of his era was in attendance for the Eintracht game and at Tynecastle in 65.

"He was lifelong friends with the late Andy King and would often reminisce about Killie teams of the 60s. He first took my elder brother Michael, who is still a season ticket holder to this day, to Rugby Park in the 70s and myself in the early 80s.

"We would attend most home and away games whenever we could. 

"After being knighted by the Queen in 2001 and approaching retirement after a highly successful police career, he was approached by Bill Costly and Jamie Moffat to join the board of directors and take on the position of Chairman.

"He was greatly honoured to hold such a position with his team and he helped oversee a successful spell including appointing the management duo of Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown. After stepping aside as chairman in 2003, he took up the ambassadorial role of Honorary President.

"He continued to attend Rugby Park until this season when ill health would prevail. Even from his hospital bed he was thrilled at the recent victory over Celtic, which helped keep up his spirits.

"He was a proud Kilmarnock supporter of over 60 years and will be greatly missed by many." 

Our thoughts are with Sir John’s family at this difficult time.

A minute's applause will be held before Saturday's match v Hibernian to celebrate Sir John's life and Kilmarnock players will wear black armbands during the game.