In death, we tend to remember people differently. We remember them better than they were, and forget the bad things. I think that’s typical. You read an obituary and it’s “fluffed” to include the best information; to dig for the best of someone, and shine the light on that.  This? This is not one of those times.

My grandfather, John, was an honorable man. He was, undoubtedly, the most honorable man I have ever met and ever can imagine meeting. He was a true, shining example of grace. He was stern, but loving, and he was a true servant for God. He makes me proud that my maiden name is Gorman. He and my grandmother married June 7, 1948. Together, they raised seven children – two boys and five girls, all who grew to be successful and loving parents themselves; one of them my father.

Grandma and Grandpa Gorman, with their children

He called me Krissy, a term of endearment that always got me to giggle, because I haven’t gone by Krissy since I was five years old. He had a stunning voice, and in the earlier years, sang at weddings, but lately, sang Ave Maria at numerous funerals of friends. He was a pillar of the community, loved by so very many, and will be missed by countless people whose lives he touched. The world is less one man of the utmost honor and integrity, with unfailing patience and a true love for God.

John Joseph Gorman passed away this morning, leaving behind his bride of 64 years and their seven children. Please pray for her, as she faces the hardest time of her life, and their children, as they face a seemingly unbearable void.

Here is an audio clip of Grandpa John, singing Ave Maria:


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    • Xenia on December 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Kristin, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. That is an awesome homage that you paid your grand-dad. It is very heart warming.
    I will keep your family in my prayers this holiday. Love ya Girl!

    • Kathy Moranville on December 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Kristin, I’m so very sorry for your loss! What a treasure to have that clip to play for your kids!

    • Christian snead on December 20, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Thinking of you and your family. While I am sorry for your loss I am happy that he was such an influence and meant so much to you. Take peace knowing he loved God and is joined by him now. I am sure it is hard and you will miss him, but I am also sure that he is smiling proud of who you are today. Love you and your kind heart. Christian

    • Tracy L. Dunn on December 20, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    So sorry for your loss. What an incredible man…praying for you and your family!

  1. […] My grandmother, my last living grandparent in the world, went to be with Jesus today. Her husband of 64 years died in December 2012, which I wrote about in the post entitled Mourning. […]

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