At 65, Bobby Orr is focused on doing good — quietly ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Tlumacki/Globe staff For decades, away from the public eye, Bruins great Bobby Orr has counseled and comforted the sick and dying, the disabled and disenfranchised, the poor and grieving. Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images Orr in the mid-1960s, at 14, when he became Bruins property and commuted 300 miles round-trip to play for Boston’s junior team, the Oshawa Generals. Hulton Archive /Getty Images In 1966, at 18, he was Boston’s most hotly anticipated rookie. Yet he seemed unfazed by the hype and took pains to project himself as just another Bruin. Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images Orr in 1966. His No. 27 jersey and No. 37 gloves indicate this photo may have been taken on one of his first days with the team. Frank O’Brien/Globe Staff From left, Derek Sanderson, Orr, and Phil Esposito in 1970. “Bobby felt very strongly about how you should act. It came to him naturally,” Sanderson said. Frank O’Brien/Globe Staff Orr’s most legendary goal, May 10, 1970, gave Boston its first Stanley Cup in 29 years. Focus on Sport/Getty Images In the late 1970s, Orr found Sanderson was abusing drugs and alcohol. “He helped save me,’’ Sanderson said. “Bobby knew it wasn’t going to be an easy process, and he never gave up.” Bruno Torres /UPI Orr’s agent, Alan Eagleson, arranged a trade to the Black Hawks in 1976, possibly by withholding details of Boston’s offer. Orr retired in 1978. STUART CAHILL/AFP/Getty Images Orr attended the Boston Garden’s closing ceremony in 1995. Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk recreated Orr’s goal while orbiting Earth in 1996, wearing one of Orr’s game jerseys and his 1970 Stanley Cup ring. Thirsk became part of Orr’s second life, when he rebuilt his wealth and found more time to give back to friends and strangers. Bobby Orr posed with the Gordon family, who live in Hingham. John Tlumacki/Globe staff In an interview last week, Orr declined to discuss his good deeds. “I don’t do things to get ink,’’ he said. “I just sneak along and do my thing and meet wonderful people.” Keyes Family photo Bobby Orr holding Kevin Keyes Jr., 6, a hockey fan who is legally blind. “He is the nicest, most generous, most sincere person my children will ever meet,” Kevin’s father said. Family photo Decades after his retirement, children like Gabe Elie, 7, still look up to Orr. “Some kids at school talk about Justin Bieber,’’ said his father, Joe Elie. “Gabe wants to talk about Bobby Orr.’’ Orr’s autobiography, “Orr: My Story,’’ is scheduled for release Oct. 15.