SOUTHINGTON – Father Joseph Francis Gorman of Waterbury died on Feb. 25, 2015, in Plantsville.
He was born in Waterbury on Oct. 2, 1929, a son of John W. and Mary Louise “Mae” Flanagan Gorman. He attended Barnard School and graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar and High Schools, all in Waterbury. He then studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1955, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien.
He later earned a master’s degree in counseling from St. Joseph College, now a university, in West Hartford. His priestly assignments were as curate at St. Bernard in Sharon, St. Anthony in Litchfield, Our Lady of Mercy in Plainville, St. Patrick-St. Anthony in Hartford and St. Mary in Milford; co-pastor at St. Mary in Milford; administrator at St. Anne in Waterbury; pastor at St. Aloysius in Plantsville; and pastor at St. Leo the Great in Waterbury.
While retired, Father Gorman served as temporary administrator at St. Patrick, St. Joseph and St. Leo the Great Parishes in Waterbury. Besides these assignments, he was also a part time teacher and then guidance counselor at Sacred Heart High School.
Father Gorman is survived by his sister Loretta Gorman Delaney of Farmington and his cousin Barbara Keane Whitlock of Danbury; nieces; nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and cousins.
Besides his parents, Father Gorman was predeceased by his brothers John H. Gorman and James J. Gorman; and his sister, Mary Lou Marciano, all of Waterbury; an aunt; two uncles; a niece and a grandniece.
A parish Mass was celebrated on March 2 at St. Leo the Great Church, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Burial followed in the new area of St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury.
Donations in Father Gorman’s memory may be sent to St. Leo the Great Church, 14 Bentwood Drive, Waterbury, CT 06705; or the Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 1261 So. Main St., Plantsville, CT 06479.