Obituary of Raymond Gorman, Jr.
Raymond J. Gorman Jr., 88, passed away peacefully September 21, 2017 after a brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife Doris; and his four children, Raymond, Leslie, Megan and Ian. He is survived by six granddaughters, Briana, Ashley & Linelle Gorman, Chloe (Bowser) Kirsch (and husband Nick), and Avery & Olivia Bowser. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia; and three nephews. His wit, wisdom and humor will be missed by all.
He was born October 24, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Manhasset, NY, and graduated from the New Hampton School in NH. He went to Colgate University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, earned a varsity letter in lacrosse and graduated in 1949 with a degree in English. Throughout his life he was man who cared deeply about the written word, read thousands of books, and encouraged his children to do the same.
After Colgate, he worked in New York City, where he met Doris Willie, to whom he was married for the past 66 years.
Around the same time, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Attaining the rank of Captain, he served his country honorably for 12 years, and viewed his service record as one of his proudest achievements.
He worked for a time at Chrysler Corporation, a job which kept him on the road and allowed him to memorize every nook and cranny of Central NY, an area that he truly loved, never wanting to live anywhere else.
Dad was a big supporter in the early days of both JD and Syracuse lacrosse, and there are lots of boys (now men) raised in Central NY and now scattered around the country who played with or against Ian, who can recall a funny story or two about Dad. Or just remember that he was always there to support them.
He loved learning, was a true academic and read deeply on many subjects, his favorites being history, philosophy and biographies. He was an expert on the Civil War, and in the last weeks of his life could still take pleasure in recalling details of the battlefield letters and stories he had committed to memory.
Dad loved to compose poetry for any occasion, for all his family members, including his son-in-law, John and his daughter-in-law Grace, both of whom he loved and respected dearly.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 25 at 10:30 am at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road, DeWitt.
He had good care in his final chapter and his family would like to thank the VA, Hematology/Oncology Assoc. of CNY, Hospice Care and Francis House. Contributions may be made to Francis House or Hospice of CNY.
Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.