March 14, 1941 - March 17, 2017
Born in San Francisco, CA
Resided in Salinas, CA
Thomas E. Gorman III was born in San Francisco on March 14th, 1941, to Thomas and Evelyn Gorman. He joined older sister Marilyn, and was soon followed by brothers Dennis and Greg. He often shared stories of his childhood adventures, which included walking out of his first day of kindergarten (after being teased about his white "baby shoes") and roller-skating down steep streets (straight into cars.) He developed a life long love for his home team, the Giants, before his 7th grade year, when his family relocated to Salinas, where he would spend most of his life.
Tom was a natural athlete and excelled at Palma High School, lettering in basketball and football. After his graduation in 1959, Tom attended St. Mary's College, completing his pre-dental studies in three years. Before earning his D.D.S. at Creighton University, he met Gwen Annable, an undergraduate who would become his wife in 1966. Tom served as a dentist with the US Air Force, at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, before returning to Salinas in 1968. Tom and Gwen had three daughters: Kirsten, Mary, and Katie, who grew up in a house filled with music, art, and silliness. Tom practiced dentistry until 2001, was president of the Monterey Bay Dental Society in 1988, and he enjoyed every second of his retirement.
In no particular order, Tom loved oil painting, playing guitar, singing and harmonizing (whether at folk Mass or in the choir at Sacred Heart, or around a campfire,) video games, his garage studio, golfing weekly with his buddies, fishing, keeping the stats of his favorite NFL teams, drawing with his grandkids, See's chocolate, mercilessly defeating opponents in Scrabble, mastering ceramics with his friends at Hartnell, his F.O.G. lunch club, the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, his patients and staff, spectating at his grandkids' sporting events and performances, Gonzaga basketball, Words With Friends, his iPad, extra frosting or butter, and his favorite robe. Tom leaves behind a legacy of kindness and fun.
Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gwen, their three daughters, Kirsten Casey (Mark), Katie and Mary Gorman, and grandchildren: Nick, Hannah, and Ellie Casey. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Marilyn Scholz (Ron), Dennis (Bonnie) Gorman, Greg (Shirley) Gorman, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Evelyn.
A Memorial Mass celebrating Tom's life will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at noon, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 22 Stone Street, Salinas CA. 93901.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hospice of the Central Coast, or the Palma Fund. In honor of Tom, play a Scrabble game with your family, feed the birds in your yard a peanut from the top of your head, or make a child laugh. He would think that is "kinda neat."
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