Obituary for Lawrence Stephen Gormally
Lawrence S. Gormally
1918 â€" 2009
SPRINGFIELD â€" Lawrence S. Gormally, 90, formerly of Newton Rd. Springfield, died August 6, 2009 at Keystone Woods in Springfield. He was born in Springfield, MA, son of Martin Gormally and Margaret Fleming Gormally. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Nora M. Bertera Gormally, who died February 22, 2009 and his brothers Thomas, James and John Gormally, as well as his sisters-in-law Reita and Lillian Gormally. He was a graduate of Commerce High School and Western New England College. He proudly served as a medic in the U.S. Army in Papua, New Guinea during World War II, and received numerous metals. Larry worked at Monsanto for 44 years and, after retirement, volunteered and then worked at the Hamden County Jail, as Director of Volunteer Programs and other positions until his retirement from the jail in 1995. In honor of his dedication and service, the Sheriffâ€™s Department created the â€śGormally Awardâ€ť to honor an outstanding volunteer each year. Larry lived a life of service to others. He was active in volunteer work and served in many capacities at Holy Cross Church, the Open Pantry, and The Association for Community Living, the Connecticut Valley Historical Society and Downey Side. He was instrumental in the creation of the program which serves meals to those in need at holiday times by The Open Pantry. Along with other parents, he started the girlsâ€™ softball and basketball programs at Holy Cross School. He was active in local politics and served as a Ward 7 Committee member. He was especially proud of his long membership at the Jewish Community Center where he made several long time friends.A noted historian and sought-after speaker, Larry wrote and lectured on the history of the Springfield area and was a contributing writer to the The Springfield Journal. He also enjoyed cribbage, his poker group and playing golf, and was one of the lucky ones who experienced the joy of a hole-in-one-at the Wilbraham Country Club. He was an avid Red Sox fan and passed on this love to his daughters and grandchildren. He was devoted to his daughters Margaret Murphy of Needham, MA, Mary Gormally-Franzosa and her husband Rick Franzosa of Cincinnati, OH, Laura Gormally of Wilbraham and Elizabeth Gormally and her husband Gene McSweeney of Belchertown. He leaves his grandchildren; Owen Murphy and his partner Christina Jordan, Meghan Murphy and her husband John Lepore, Brendan Murphy and his wife, Danielle Shields, Jay Murphy, Army 2nd Lieutenant Ben Franzosa, who is currently serving in Iraq, Beth and Michael Franzosa, Maura and Sean Milbier, and Finn and Neal McSweeney. He leaves four great-grandchildren, John and A.J. Lepore and Rosa and Oona Murphy. He also leaves his nephews James and John Gormally and niece Debbie Kane, their families, several cousins, as well as many friends, including his long-time friend Russ Seelig. The family would like to thank the caregivers from Murphy-Avis, especially Helen, Pat, Claudia, Joanne and Susan, who provided Larry with loving care during the last months of his life. Calling hours are Sunday, August 9, from 2-6 PM at Sampsonâ€™s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM on Monday, August 10, at the funeral home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 at Holy Cross Church, 219 Plumtree Road, Springfield. Rites of Committal and Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Chapel of the Massachusetts Veteranâ€™s Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam at 1:00 PM. Donations may be made in his memory to The Open Pantry, 287 State St., P.O. Box 5127, Springfield, MA 01101, and www.openpantry.org.