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Tom Gorman, a long-ago institution on the athletic fields and courts of his hometown, Dumont, and throughout Bergen County, died Monday at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck. He was 93.

Mr. Gorman played basketball and baseball at Dumont High School in the 1930s and was a busy athletic coach and official for decades. He coached basketball and at St. Mary's School in Dumont and officiated scholastic baseball, basketball, football and soccer countywide. He also was a timekeeper at Fairleigh Dickinson University basketball games.

Dumont residents saw a lot of the native son: The father of 10 walked a letter carrier route in the borough for 31 years; taught phys ed at St. Mary's School on his day off, and served on the Board of Education in the 1960s and 1970s.

Referring to the hundreds, possibly thousands, of miles his 5-foot-4-inch father logged delivering mail and running up and down basketball courts and soccer fields, John Gorman said: "I think that helped him live to 93."

After retiring from the Postal Service in 1972, Mr. Gorman became equipment manager for Bergen Community College's athletic department. John was attending the school and told his dad of the job opening.

Mr. Gorman was a big Bergen Community booster.

"I'm always going to remember the kids and how really good they are," he said in an interview upon his second retirement, in 1979. "I guess that's because they all come from working-class families."

Mr. Gorman, an Army veteran of World War II, is survived by his children, Kathleen Brock, Mary Sweeney, John Gorman, Theresa Fox, Joanne Hogan, Rosanne Hawxhurstcq, Tom Gorman Jr., Jeanne Shaeffer, Jacqueline Macchio and Theodore Gorman; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His wife, Veronica, died in 2000.

Visiting is Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Frech Funeral Home, Dumont. The funeral Mass will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary R.C. Church, Dumont, followed by burial in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Published in The Record on Mar. 16, 2011
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