Dave Gormican
(1955 - 2018)

Dave Gormican

June 25, 1955

October 26, 2018

David Thomas Gormican left his body on the afternoon of October 26th in the place where he wanted to die - his own home. He was very ready to move on given his aggressive cancer and accompanying symptoms. He was surrounded by the people he loved including his girlfriend Marla, his two sons and his nine siblings. He wanted to hang on until the last of his siblings arrived. Mary Jo arrived at noon and he passed away at 4 pm.

Dave grew up in Rochester, New York as the seventh in a family of ten. He was the brother that everyone loved. Just before he died, he went through the special relationship he had with each of his 9 siblings. He was quiet in a boisterous family, showing character by action rather than noise. He was close to everyone in a very close family.

He married Sheila and moved to San Diego after a short stint in Idaho. He had two sons – Danny and Alan. Eventually, they needed to part (“I love her, but she makes me crazy”). He then married Wendy and helped to raise her daughter Amanda, but they eventually went their separate ways. Single again, Dave found he had a strong attraction to all woman (“they all seem so beautiful”). Then about 8 years ago, he met Marla and found love again.

He was a rock – both physically and mentally. Though he liked to refer to himself as a “laborer”, he started as a carpenter and became a contractor building spec homes and then moving to industrial construction. He worked hard and played hard. Known as “Duke” to many, he often lived on the edge whether snow skiing or motor cycle riding and he approached all of life (and death) in a fearless manner. Though short in stature, he had a solid body and could outwork almost anyone. But more than physical strength, his mental power allowed him to work harder, faster and longer than anyone - giving him a work ethic rarely seen today.

His quiet drive allowed him to own 10 condo partnerships with his siblings. He was kind and responsive to his tenants, many of whom became his friends. In addition to the RE holdings, his frugality resulted in a significant stock portfolio. He knew more about stocks and options than most professionals. A day before he died, he was going over his covered call writing and naked put option strategy with his eldest son, Dan. He was the millionaire next door driving the old truck – 313,000 miles. His critical financial goal was to pass on a substantial legacy to the two sons he loved so much. Indeed, he accomplished his goal.

He was a brother, father, real estate partner, stock advisor, friend and a rock to all who knew him. He will be missed.

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It's been close to 40 years since I have seen Dave. To hear of his passing is so sad. It seems like yesterday that we were building minibikes, skiing thoughout the neighborhood, and hopping pools ( I'm sure Dave had the record at close to 20 in one night!). For those early teen years we were so close. He always led the charge and to learn of his many successes later in life was no surprise. Dave will always be in my heart.
Dale Bartram (Friend)
January 31st, 2019
My condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May pleasant memories of Dave bring comfort during your time of sorrow and remembrance, along with God's promise in the Bible at John 5:21, 28 and 29.

Jehovah is the God of Comfort who can and will heal your broken heart. For His Son, Jesus, said: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life." (John 11:25)
Cassandra Henderson (Sending Condolences)
December 22nd, 2018
I just wanted to give my condolences and a comforting scripture. John 5:28 reads- 'Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.' This speaks of a resurrection of our dead loved ones. You and the family will be in my prayers. For even more comforting information, please visit jw.org
Alisha Washington
November 12th, 2018

My deepest condolences to the entire Gormican Family!  I wish I had gotten the opportunity to know David better.  I can see that he touched the hearts of so many people and left a huge empty space in each and every one of them that can only be filled with the happy thoughts of all the wonderful times you shared with David over the years.  I only met him once and he was charming and fun to be around - I looked forward to another get together, but it was not to be. I heard so many good things about him from every one of his friends and family.  I pray that his next journey will be filled with Peace and Love!
Elaine Scioscia (Friend)
November 12th, 2018
The news of Dave's passing brought both sorrow, and many fond, Gormican memories. I still can see Dave and Jim, tinkering with something motorized in the driveway on Thomas Ave., mini-bikes, lawn mowers, or go carts, the question seemed to be, 'how does it work?', ('how can it go faster?')
We shared a passion for speed, downhill skiing or motorcycling testing the limits of the equipment, our capabilities skills and perhaps, our parent's patience.
Dave had a zest in life. I liked that, a lot.
With deepest sympathies to the entire Gormican Clan
Joe Sullivan (long time family friend)
November 7th, 2018
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"My deepest sympathy to the Gormican Family, and to Marla may she find peace with the loss of David who she loves very much."
Sandra Simmons
November 19th, 2018


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