Vincent "Vinny" Gormley died January 2 at Doughtery Hospice after a short, hard fought, battle with bile duct cancer.
Vinny was born on October 14, 1948, in White Plains, New York, and grew up in Younkers, New York. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he studied fine arts and painting, and Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey, where he studied printmaking.
While living in New Jersey, Vinny's art was featured in the NJ Statehouse, shown in several exhibitions, published in two magazines, discussed in the NY Times, and awarded two first prizes in the graphic arts category.
For several years Vinny was the caretaker for his mother. After her death he moved to Sioux Falls in 2003 where he became active in politics, tirelessly working to advance countless progressive causes and candidates. His compassion and his empathy knew no bounds.
In addition to his volunteer activities, he continued working on his art which is now displayed at Oppenheimer Endocrinology, 3926 S. Western Avenue, Sioux Falls, and at Avera McKennan Hospital.
Vinny loved baking, eating good chocolate bars, and pet sitting for Jack, Baxter, and Joji.
Visitation will be held at from 1:00 - 3:00 pm Sunday at Miller Funeral Home, Main Avenue location.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Kerry Von Holtum, his administrator.