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Thompson, Ohio

Benjamin Orr's Grave

The final resting place of one of the most iconic musicians of the '80s. 

Follow a secluded gravel road through Thompson, Ohio, and you’ll find St. Patrick Cemetery, the final resting place of blonde rocker Benjamin Orzechowski—better known as Benjamin Orr—of the band The Cars. The Ohio native died in 2000 at the age of 53.

Together with his friend and rhythm guitarist the late Ric Ocasek, bassist Orr started the band in 1977. Guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, and drummer David Robinson rounded out the group. Orr is perhaps best remembered for singing one of the band’s most popular songs, “Drive.” He also released a solo album in 1986 called The Lace.

The quirky music of The Cars became one of the defining soundtracks of everyday life in the 1980s. The influence of their music lives on today, setting the mood on television series such as Stranger Things and Arrested Development, as well as the Transformer film franchise.

Trinkets and memorabilia surround Orr’s headstone. Items such as toy cars and guitars, keychains, and coins have been left by fans who have made the trek to pay their respects.

Know Before You Go

When visiting cemeteries and other sacred sites, please be respectful. There is a dragstrip just north of St. Patrick Cemetery, so you may hear revving car engines, as well as muffled music and voices over their PA system.

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