A Great Guy
by Charles Cumpston
Our industry is blessed with a lot of great people. Walt Gorman was one of them. His death on August 7 has taken a good guy away from us.
Walt was the author of this magazine’s Tech Tips column since its inception. He was totally dependable and as steady as a rock. You could always count on Walt to make his deadline and deliver copy that was clear, concise and valuable.
Even when he had health problems, he was still concerned about his responsibilities for the column and wanted to share his knowledge even if it meant writing the column just before he went into the hospital or right after he got out. His was a true dedication.
Walt also was always available to provide insight and information when a question needed answering. Any AGRR editor felt comfortable giving Walt a call with a question.
He was a regular presence at shows, and delighted in seeing what was new and how the industry would benefit from whatever new item a supplier would be displaying. He had an inexhaustible curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.
We’ll miss his input for the magazine, and the entire industry will miss both his knowledgeable input and his camaraderie. He was a great guy in every way.
In honor of Walt, AGRR magazine will be naming the new Windshield Repair Olympics after him. The first annual Walt Gorman Windshield Repair Olympics will be held November 3-4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more details, call 540/720-5584.
Walter R. Gorman, 77, passed away August 7, 2006 after a year-long battle with cancer. The beloved husband of Judith E. (Blackinton) Gorman and a son of the late Merle and Florence (Pyke) Gorman, he was a graduate of East Providence High School and Boston University and served in the U.S. Army. He was the owner of A-1 Windshield Doctor, Inc., Seekonk. He was a technical writer for AGRR Magazine and served on the board of the National Windshield Repair Association. Besides his wife he leaves three sons, Walter R. Gorman, Jr. of Port St. Lucie, Fla., David C. Gorman of Rumford and Fredric R. Gorman of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; three daughters, Elizabeth J. McElroy of Barrington, Kathleen F. Tirrell of East Providence and Susan L. Gorman of Narragansett; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, 222 Richmond St., Providence, R.I. 02903.
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