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Robert Gorman

Robert F. "Bob" Gorman

Thursday October 25, 1928 - Tuesday February 18, 2020
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Obituary

NORTHBOROUGH

Robert F. Gorman, a longtime resident of Northborough, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the age of 91. Born and raised in E. Providence, RI, Robert was a son to the late George A. and Mary J. (Blake) Gorman. Upon his graduation from high school at the end of WWII, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army and honorably served his country.

Upon his return home Robert enrolled at Boston University, earning his BA in Elementary Education in 1953 and later, his Master Degree in School Administration. Robert worked several years as an elementary school teacher in Natick prior to serving the rest of his educational career with the Sudbury Public School system. Robert served as principal for several years and was instrumental in the opening of 3 elementary school buildings. With a yearning for the satisfaction of teaching young minds, he returned to the classroom where he completed his tenure with retirement in 1994. In 1993 Robert was awarded “Teacher of the Year”, an honor he was most proud of.

Robert enjoyed being outside and found pleasure in fishing and duck hunting. He was an avid collector of antique fishing lures and was a member of the Nat. Fishing Lure Collectors Club. For many years he volunteered as coach to the Lincoln-Sudbury Hockey League and Northborough’s Youth Hockey and Youth Baseball Leagues. When not busy with school and coaching, Robert enjoyed relaxing with a game of golf. He was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Parish and as a proud veteran, was a supporting member of the American Legion Post 234 in Northborough and the VFW Post 10278 in Shrewsbury.

In his later years Robert looked forward to his twice-a-year trip up to Alden Camps at the Belgrade Lakes in Maine where he and Pam would spend hours fishing and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Throughout his life Robert maintained contact with his former students and athletes.

Robert is survived by his loving companion of 25 years, Pamela L. Miller; her children, Andrew Miller, Wendy Scoppa and Chad Miller and Pam’s grandchildren whom Robert considered as his own, Evan, Ryan and Norah Miller and Lauren Scoppa.

Robert is also survived by three daughters, Deborah Earle and her husband Donald, Elizabeth Jeresaty and her husband Michael and Catherine Miller and her husband John; 7 grandchildren, and a sister, Valerie LaCrosse. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores I. (Gagnon) Gorman, his son, Robert “Rod” Gorman, Jr, and a brother, George Gorman.

Calling hours will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 24 at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main Street, Northborough. Burial with military honors will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon.

Kindly consider in lieu of flowers a memorial donation in Robert’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.StJude.org) 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. To leave a condolence, please visit www. HaysFuneralHome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday February 23, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday February 23, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Hays Funeral Home
    Address
    56 Main Street
    Northborough, MA 01532
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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday February 24, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday February 24, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St Rose of Lima
    Address
    244 West Main St
    Northborough, MA 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father James Houston
  • Interment

    Location
    Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Address
    111 Glenallen St.
    Winchendon, MA 01475
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Affiliations

  • American Legion
  • Boston University
  • US Army
  • VFW

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC.

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Walter Ross

Posted at 08:36am
Sorry to learn of your loss, Walter and Shirley Ross.
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Margaret Gorman Libertino

Posted at 09:44pm
I was very sad to hear of my uncle Robert’s passing today. I have very fond memories as a child visiting him and hiding outside while Major (the dog) hunting us down. RIP uncle Robert.
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Aimee Bard Cohen

Posted at 09:43pm
I feel very lucky to have had Mr. Gorman for sixth grade, and he was my all-time favorite teacher. He made school fun for me. I’m 51 now and never forgot him. Heartfelt condolences to his family. He was an amazing person. Sincerely, Aimee Bard Cohen
 
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Marie Layman Posted at 12:49am

Didn't know Bob but know how happy he and Pam were and it is so nice to read all the heartfelt tributes to his memory. He must have been an extraordinary man to have touched so many people. Marie Layman
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Susan Bonner

Posted at 02:36pm
Our family lived near Bob in Northboro! He treated my four daughters like grandchildren: These are some fond memories of visits from years ago! Oh the Christmas plays and songs he sung! We will miss him, but have so many memories to cherish!!
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Patti Kennally Lewis

Posted at 08:42am
Mr. Gorman was so special! I met him at Horse Pond Road School in 1st grade in 1958. He was the principal at that time and my 2 older brothers, Stephen and Michael in 6th and 2nd grade respectively, also attended HP. He befriended us all and we became friends over the years. He was later the principal at Haynes when it opened and my brother Michael and I went there in 5th and 6th grade. I joined his “Fin, Fur, and Feather “ club and won the “Golden Lore” for casting into the trash can in the middle of the gym first. He made me feel So special. On field trips to the museum of science in Boston, he would have us all stand when passing by Boston University, his alma mater while he sang the school song! I would see him on and off for many, many years growing up and my children later had him as a teacher at Peter Noyes. I simply loved this man. The Sudbury School system has lost a legend! To his daughters, my deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Mr. Gorman...
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