Wayne Earl Gorman entered the stage on Jan. 8, 1930 in Glendale, CA and took his final curtain call on May 27, 2013. Having a flair for the dramatics, Wayne's talents were honed as a child, learning to tap and ballroom dance with his sister, Helen. As an adult, he was an extra in a couple of movies, and spent over 25 years performing in community theater for Cabrillo College and in the Lodi-Stockton area, his most memorable role being Daddy Warbucks in Annie.
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But, Wayne's best role was that of being loving husband to his wife, Jane of 58 years, (preceding him in death), as well as best Dad to son, Rory (deceased), and his four daughters and spouses, Donna (Lynn), Vicki (Alex), Carol (John) and Jenny (Robin). He's known as "Boppie" to his five beloved grandchildren, Adrienne (Jake), Audrey, Lyndsay, Mitchell and Reed and beloved nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dear sister Connie Laing, cousin Ronnie Gorman (Dona) and brother-in-law Don Gidley (Linda).
After serving in the Navy as a Seabee, Wayne married Jane in 1953, and they raised their family in Aptos, then moved to Lodi in 1985. He spent his career in lumber, hardware and sporting good sales, enjoying a landscape maintenance business in his later years.
Wayne and Jane loved people, so they not only were there for their family members, attending innumerable sporting and music events for their grandchildren, but also made a difference in the lives of others in their community and church work. So, Dad, we love you, we'll miss you, and we'll do our best to honor your memory by carrying on your legacy of an unselfish and loving spirit. Donations can be made in Wayne's memory to Fern Lodge-18457 Madison Ave., Castro Valley, CA 94546.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 8 to June 15, 2013