- Patricia A. Gorman died peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017, surrounded by family and friends and the compassionate staff at Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation. Patricia was born on March 17, 1928, in Arlington, Mass., to Leonard and Lillian Collins.
She was a graduate of Arlington High School. After graduation, Patricia joined the Army Reserves and was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in Camp Lejeune, N.C., during the Korean Conflict.
Her proudest accomplishment was being the matriarch of her wonderful family: Kevin Gorman and his wife, LouAnn, of Waterville; Stephen Gorman and his husband, Richard Cytowic, of Washington, D.C.; Gary Gorman and his wife, Patty Gorman, of Oakland; Janet Gorman, of Augusta; Joanne Gorman and her partner, John Hernandez, of South Burlington, Vt.; Gail Gorman and her husband, Paul Chen, of Belmont, Mass.; and Claire Sasner and her husband, Mike Sasner, of Bar Harbor.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Nathan Gorman and wife, Emily, Ryan Gorman and his wife, Jamie, Meaghan Devine, Tiffany Woodard and her husband, Andrew, Jared Poulin, Lauren Dempsey and her husband, Derrick, Christopher Domingue, Allie Sasner, Jack Sasner, Sophie Chen, and Henry Chen; and 10 great-grandchildren: Tyler, Matthew, Gwenna, Sam, Marlena, Arianna, Chase, Declan, Fiona and Avery.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Robert Collins and Philip Collins; and maintained a strong, loving relationship with her sisters, Virginia Garrity and Carole Taylor, and her many nieces and nephews.
She was a true believer in investing in her local community of Waterville. She was a school crossing guard, on the safety council, a longtime member of the planning board, water district trustee, a hospice volunteer, a Crimson Crafter and a very competitive New York Rummy card player.
Patricia had a lifelong interest in local and national politics. She was an elected delegate to the 1976 and 1980 Democratic conventions. In February 1980, she was invited to the White House for a Valentine's Day dinner dance. Also in 1980, she introduced Rosalyn Carter, to the greater Waterville community, who was in town campaigning for her husband, Jimmy. In 1992 she was a Presidential elector for Bill Clinton.
Patricia was an avid traveler and lifelong learner. She enjoyed taking classes at Colby College and loved the theater and movies. She was witty, fiercely independent, and had a unique, yet infectious laugh. Her chronological age didn't keep pace with her zest for life. She played golf until the age of 88 and had just renewed her lease on her car until the year 2018.
A memorial Mass is scheduled for Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 70 Pleasant Street, Waterville. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guest book may be signed and condolences expressed at: www.gallantfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice Volunteers
of Waterville Area
304 Upper Main Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Published on  April 24, 2017