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Photo de John Ernest GORMAN
Fiche créée le : 2005-10-27
John Ernest GORMAN
Décès le : 2005-10-27
Parution : 2005-10-29
Conjoint(e) : Viola Corcoran, Betty Cameron
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

GORMAN, John Ernest Peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at the age of 83 years. Survived by his beloved wife Betty (Cameron) and predeceased by his first wife Viola (Lola Corcoran). Devoted father to Les (Diane Boisvert), Ken (Anne), Cheryl (Doug Collins), and Bob (Claire). Much loved father-in-law to Diane Gorman (Craig Lee). Cherished grandfather of Colleen (Jorge Salinas), Stacey, Megan, Caitlin, Michelle, Marie, and Sean, and step-grandsons Duncan and Callum. Beloved great-grandfather of Tara. Treasured step-father of David (Brad), Charles (Susan), Chris and Patrick Cameron. Survived by his brothers John and Justin Gorman of Montreal, predeceased by sisters Joan and Fran and brother Paul. Born in Quebec City on August 27, 1922, Ernie attended St. Patrick's elementary and high schools. As valedictorian for the class of 1941, he urged his fellow graduates to join the struggle against barbarous tyranny, injustice, and godlessness. Upon graduating he enlisted in the RCAF. After the war Ernie married his high school sweetheart Viola Corcoran and began working as a draftsman at Davie Shipbuilding in Levis, Quebec. In 1951 he joined Donnacona Paper Mills. In 1955 he became a member of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (New York) and returned to Davie Shipbuilding where he worked as Chief Draftsman until 1962. In 1963 he began 22 years of distinguished service with the Department of Supply and Services (DSS) in Ottawa, retiring in 1984 to care for his ailing wife. Throughout his life Ernie often assumed leadership roles in the community, acting as president of the St. Vincent's School (Quebec) PTA, president of the Quebec City Toastmasters Club, head of St. Vincent's Boy Scouts, and head coach of the St. Louis de France (St. Foy) football team. He also coached minor hockey (Bel-Air MHA). With his encouragement, his three sons also became minor hockey coaches. For many years he was an usher during masses at St. Basil's church. In his forties Ernie began a love affair with water colour painting. His many paintings of dilapidated barns, historic mills, and city streets, capture the beauty of the Ottawa Valley. In 1988 he married Betty Cameron with whom he spent the final 17 years of a life he often called charmed. Those who remain behind give thanks for all the ways in which he touched their lives. Friends may call at the Kelly Funeral Home, 2313 Carling Avenue (west of Carlingwood) on Monday, October 31 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Tuesday to St. Basil's Church for Mass of Christian Funeral at 10:30 a.m. In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or charity of your choice. And He will raise you up on eagles wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His hand. Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 10/29/2005 - 10/30/2005 Published in the Montreal Gazette on 10/29/2005


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