Dave Gormican
(1955 - 2018)

Dave Gormican

June 25, 1955

October 26, 2018

Guest Book
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
As Dave listened to a neighbor who wanted to pray with him in his last minutes of life, I heard voices saying over and over “He will live forever”. It was as if celestial beings had arrived to welcome him home. Did he hear them? I hope he’s comfortable and I hope to meet him again in that celestial place. He certainly showed us how to leave with courage and dignity. Just as he lived his life. He left me Hope.
Martha Harold (Sister )
November 3rd, 2018
Of course I love all of you, Each for a slightly different reason, each in a slightly different way. You are part of the continuity of my life. My cousins, my friends, and always my darlings. For me David was always the sweet boy with the vulnerable smile, and when I heard that he had died my first reaction was "oh darling sweet boy”.

I know what it is to lose a brother too early. Somehow so inconceivable that he is no longer in your life on a physical plane. Bewildering and so sad.

I am lighting a candle to keep him in my thoughts, and send light and love to his boys and all of the Gormican family.

Wish I could be there with you. Love Andrea
Andrea Jepson (Cousin)
November 3rd, 2018
To the Gormican clan, my deepest condolences and prayers for you and all those touched by Dave's life.

While it's been many years since seeing Dave, I have many fond memories from our formative years in Rochester. Scenes of Dave and Jim, working on go-carts, mini-bikes in the driveway on Thomas Ave. 10 feet tall and bulletproof, we shared a passion for speed, skiing, motorcycles, boats or cars, we tested the limits of our abilities and skills, and in hindsight,quite likely, our parents tolerances.
I believe, a large part of life is about making memories. Dave left many great ones for me. Thanks Duke, till we meet again, Godspeed.
Joe Sullivan (long time family friend)
November 2nd, 2018
To the Gormican clan, my deepest sympathies and condolences, for your loss.

Many fond memories return, from our informative years in Rochester. Scenes, in the driveway on Thomas Ave, Dave and Jim tinkering with go carts, mini bikes all things that move, or had potential for moving fast. Dave and I both shared a passion for speed, a love for the outdoors, skiing, motorcycling, testing the limits, the brink of disaster, oft times the hard lesson learned, just over that edge. As in action, so in life, Dave lived life well.

May your sadness be brief, may you find comfort, warm thoughts and happy memories of Dave, a.k.a Duke.

Wishing you all continued blessings and peace.
Joe Sulllivan (long time family friend)
November 2nd, 2018
Read at the Memorial Service:

Dave Gormican – He was my Brother, Mentor and Friend…

A few words will not sum up my 60-year relationship with Dave, but he knows I like to talk…

As my big brother he taught me many things - riding a bike, snow skiing, water skiing, swimming, diving, ….
Together we developed a passion for building things. When we were young kids we tried to build a go-kart out of our sit-down lawn mower and failed, our dad should have been furious (because we clearly didn’t
know how to reassemble it). My Dad took us to Sears and got us each Craftsman tool boxes with strict instructions not to take any of the cars apart! He gave us a place to work (a storage area under the split-level house). Dave and I spent many hours in our first “Shop”! Here we built mini bikes and go karts… that actually worked.

His mentorship started early when I would try to compete with him and wheelie my bike or ski faster – he told me "Jimmy, keep trying, but no matter what you do, I will always be better at everything than you”!

When we were older he built our house in Poway and has been involved in almost every project I have done since we were kids. Real Estate projects, companies at both Composite Optics and Rock West.
His work ethic was crazy, he was the most honest man I know, and had sage advice about what to do in almost all circumstances. To make it Better, get it done Faster and to save Money. Some of those traits, I hope rubbed off on me. In later years he became an amazing investor and truly was the “Millionaire Next door”!

We loved skiing together, we shared the love of boating and being on the water, we both liked good tools and making things, but most of all we liked each other’s company, at least I liked his… he was my Friend, my Mentor and my Brother.

I loved him and will miss him.
Dave, Rest in Peace.
Jim Gormican (Brother)
November 1st, 2018
Dave was a friend and former brother in law. We had many fun times with Dave and Sheila when Staff and I would visit California.
I was so moved by how profoundly sad Dave was when my mother died. He truly loved her.
Also another emotional moment with Dave was when we were talking and he said that a conversation we had years earlier had forever changed him. I was so moved by his courage and strength to change his life and have been ever since. I am so sorry to the Gormican family for the loss of your incredibly strong and loving brother. Peace. Marian
Marian Brust (Friend)
October 31st, 2018
Job 14:14-15 tells us that the Creator 'has a longing for the work of his hands.'
Psalm 37:29 states that the righteous will possess the earth and reside forever on it. Hence, at Revelation 21:4, the Creator has promised all of us the resurrection and no more mourning and no more pain. May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time (Psalms 29:11)
Q Moore
October 31st, 2018
Sunday's Celebration of Life for Dave was truly a celebration of the love and admiration his family and his many friends shared with him. It was a wonderful testament to the amazing person Dave was. Dave, you will be missed.
With love for all the Gormican family,
Elaine Robinson (Family Friend)
October 31st, 2018
Dear Cousins.
Betty and I send our heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the death of your brother, David. From the updates of his last days as provided by Steve, it appears that he fought the good fight and was prepared for his transition from this life to the next. We are happy for him that he was keenly aware of the presence of all of you and pleased for you that he held on in this life out until all arrived. What a blessing. It reminded us of the enduring strength and unity of the Gormican family. Gerri and Gus would be proud.
Dave left Rochester before we got to know him as an adult. Our most vivid memory of him dates back to when he was in high school. We moved into the Thomas Avenue house a few times when your parents vacationed to serve as surrogate parents. Dave was the oldest of the Gormican clan still living at home. While generally quiet and unassuming, we recall conversations with him about his interests and activities and his helpfulness in going to the store and fetching things for Betty who has had an enduring fondness for him since that time.
So as you move on without Dave in your midst, please hold dear those cherished memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will arrange for a Mass to be said in our local parish and invite your Rochester cousins to come and pray and remember Dave.
Love to all.
Doug and Betty
Doug & Betty Bufano (Cousins)
October 30th, 2018
I grew up with Dave starting at St. Thomas the Apostle and one of my fondest memories is all the mini bike riding down in the flats. Last time I saw him was at our grammar school reunion and we had a blast. After reading the memorials, I am so happy that Dave had a wonderful life and 2 great children. My heart breaks for the family and his children. Dave will always be remembered with a smile on my face. Prayers to the family at this difficult time.
Christine Shatzel Volpe (Childhood friend)
October 30th, 2018
I first met Dave in 3rd grade while we attended St. Thomas the Apostle. We became friends and did a lot together in grammar school. We rode our stingray bikes, then later mini-bikes in the woods by lake Ontario. In the summer we went swimming in his pool at his house on Thomas Avenue and hung out went for pizza and did the normal things kids did that age. After St. Thomas we both attended Irondequoit high school. We made a short movie in an English class titled "Who's Next". He borrowed his parents car so we could use it in the movie. Dave was always a friend and stuck up for you when you needed his help. When he moved to CA we lost touch.I remember seeing him only one time after his move when he came back to Rochester for a Grammar school reunion at Ridgemont CC. I was sad to see that Dave passed away but it sounded like he lived a full life and lived it the way he wanted to. I hope he is resting in peace and watching over his family now. I will keep Dave and the Gormican family in my prayers.
David Memmel (Friend)
October 30th, 2018
These are the Prayers, Poems and Songs from the Memorial Service on October 28, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3 – Sung by the Byrds

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late

Prayer of St. Francis – Read by Steve Gormican

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Philippians 4:4-9 – Read by Mary Jo Carlson (sister)

4 May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!
5 Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon.
6 Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.
7 And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.
8 In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.
9 Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.

Come to Me – Read by Martha Harold (sister)

God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, "Come to Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

I Am Free – Read by Ann Anderson (Sister)

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks undone must stay that way.
I've found that peace at the close of the day.
If parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, God set me free.

Serenity Prayer – Read by John and Tony Gormican, Marla Pinski and Others

God grant me the Serenity to accept
The things I cannot change

Courage to change the things I can
And Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time
Accepting hardships as
The pathway to Peace
Taking, as He did, this sinful
World as it is
Not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things
Right if I surrender to His will
That I may be reasonably happy
In this life and supremely
Happy with Him forever in the next.
Memorial Program
October 30th, 2018
Sheila’s Sentiments to her boys – Read at Dave’s Memorial

Although your dad and I were divorced for many years and have had our share of disagreements, I believe it was understood that your dad and I love both of you very much and did what we thought was best at the time. And in that love for both of you, never stopped loving each other and wanting the best for each other. I can honestly say I love your dad with all my heart and appreciate the love, support and help he was able to give you boys. Your love for him is evident by your devotion to him at this time and your strength in helping him move on from this life. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to reconnect with your dad in the hospital and share part of this journey with him. During that time, we expressed our love for each other and appreciation for what we did for our boys. There was understanding and love and amends were made.

Your dad was a good man who worked hard and made sure his children were taken care of financially. This was a very loving and generous gift he gave you. His love is obvious and I can see it is felt very strongly by you both. That is his legacy….the love for his boys and by his boys. And that is a beautiful life!

Shiela Casey ( Prior Wife)
October 30th, 2018
My spoken comments at David’s Memorial Service—-

I’m five years older than my brother David. From the earliest time I can remember, he has always been in my life. He entered the world in a storm....so to speak.....you all remember Mom telling the RH factor story. He was completed transfused at birth which was scary enough and then was brought home to a family where we all had the flu. A little later that summer in August of 1955, hurricane Connie hit New York State. (I know because I googled it.) We were all small kids at the lake with Mom—seven of us. Wind and rain, stormy seas, waves were coming over the break wall, the house was leaking, no power. Dad was at the hospital. It was thanks to Uncle Tony (Saeli) who rescued us and brought us to the city house. David at just two months old and had survived yet another storm. This was beginning to look like a pattern.

But, you know, Dave was like a hurricane. He was wild and fast. You all know the stories of how he worked like a bull, moved mountains so to speak, skied like a demon, drove fast go karts and then mini bikes and then boats and motorcycles and trucks. If you needed a job done, you called Dave. In 1989, he drove straight across the country (that is without stopping) to help me finish my kitchen project.

He had some wild times and some stormy times with the women in his life too. But, I’ll let others tell those stories. But I do know that it produced two wonderful children— Dan and Alan. He was a wonderful father. He was so proud of them and if he were here today, he would say that this was his greatest accomplishment.

So back to the hurricanes we all face in life, there is a “sense of calm”.......calm before the storm, maybe a calm in the middle of a storm or the calm after the storm. David had that sense of ease too— a quietness about him, a deep spirituality, a thoughtful, reasonable, logical approach to things. He was practical and would always lend an ear and help sort out your crisis of the moment.

He just happened to be with us in South Carolina when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost seven years ago. It was his calm, reasonable approach to things that kept Roger and I calm in the storm that day. I will always grateful to him for that.

And with his own recent storm, he approached it calmly and reasonably and without a lot of fuss. Dave didn’t like to “watch paint dry”, as he said in his final hours. “Just make a decision and make it work.”

He was ready for the peace that comes through understanding. He drifted peacefully to his eternal home where incidentally we are promised the Lord is preparing a place for us. How fitting that our builder brother was chosen first among us to help pave the way.
This actually reminds me of the song: You Raise Me Up

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas.
I am strong when I am on your shoulders.
You raise me up to more than I can be.

Rest In Peace. We love you David. you are forever in our hearts.

Mary Jo Carlson (Eldest sister)
October 30th, 2018
My heart is breaking. We haven’t spoken in a while but Dave will always hold an extremely special place in my heart. He’s been an inspiration to me when I’ve been down! I only hope I’ve touched his heart the way he’s touched mine. I’ve missed our talks and will cherish him until we were all together for eternity. You will be without sorrow or pain. Paradise! I love you.
Gina Muto LoVullo (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about this. To lose a younger brother and it is very, very painful. Give yourself a lot of time to grieve.
Donna Thaidigsman (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
I was so sad to hear about David…Prayers for him and the entire Gormican family. Love him always and pray together!
Jackie Cushman (Cousin)
October 29th, 2018
Damn Dave…sending family and friends strength and prayers…you’re a good man.
Joyce Regan Moody (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
Heart broken.
Staci McCoy (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
I too went to St. Thomas with him and Irondequoit High. We were ski buddies all thru high school and yes skipped school together occasionally. He nicknamed me “freaky” because of my hair – the name stuck for years after. I will put him in my prayers. I love you.
Mary Babcock (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
Dave was a hard working guy that taught many others a good work ethic. He always gave it 100 percent on everything he did.
Bob Sengle (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
I just learned last night of this news about Dave from Sherry Geary. Dave and I went to St. Thomas the Apostle and Irondequoit High School together. We spent a lot of time together growing up in grammar school, swimming in the pool at his house on Thomas Avenue, hanging out in the fort he and Dale Bartram built in the woods behind his house and doing all the normal things kids do. God bless you my friend and cherish all the memories you made with your family and friends.
David T Memmel (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
I’m deeply saddened to hear this. Peace to you Dave and to all your family.
Jane Bartrum Plant (Neighbor/Friend)
October 29th, 2018
My prayers are with your family at this very hard time. Went to grammar school with Dave…he was a good friend.
Christine Shatzel Volpe (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
We are praying for his peaceful life after life. Gus and Gerrie are there for him.
Margie Gormican Schnapp (Cousin)
October 29th, 2018
I knew he would wait for all his siblings. David had a kind spirit. He always thought of others. He was in high school when Doug and I had 45 years ago stayed on Thomas Ave. while your parents traveled. Two things stand out. There was an accident on Thomas Ave. while we were there that involved a motorcycle. It was someone David knew. He was devastated. Fortunately that person was okay. Also I asked him and Jim to help clean the house before your parents returned. David did so willing. Jim thought I was nuts! Dave was one of the favorite cousins I gained marrying Doug. My heart breaks for all of you. Unfortunately I know what it means to lose a sibling having lost my 3 younger brothers. Much love to all of you.
Betty Bufano (Married to Cousin)
October 29th, 2018
So sorry and so happy that David waited for all his siblings before he left for his heavenly home. May he Rest In Peace. Please let us know your plans and if there is a charity we can contribute to in his name. I wish I could be there with all of you to celebrate his life. All my love, Roberta
Roberta Pilato (Cousin)
October 29th, 2018
I grew up with Dave and attended St. Thomas the Apostle with him. Your dad delivered a couple of my siblings. My maiden name is MacDonald. I was close with Sheila as a kid. When I read [the Facebook post], I felt a gut punch, but in my heart. I will tell you that we were quite a gang in school and Dave was the leader. When he wasn’t in attendance, hanging out with the others wasn’t as fun! He had a heart like no other and a sense of humor that made us all roar. He was “cool” but without the pride that comes with being cool. He came to visit me in Rochester during an especially difficult time in my life. During our conversation, I had the distinct feeling of home and a sense that things would get better. He gave me that gift. I will never forget it. Although life takes us on many unplanned journeys, it’s people like Dave who make the journey a blessed one. I can’t imagine the pain and loss you are all experiencing and I will lift up your family in my prayers.
Sherri Geary
October 29th, 2018
Our hearts are broken.. so thankful that you are all together as a family.. hold on to one another and find some comfort that David fought the good fight and now resting in the arms of God...and all that are in heaven. Love you.
Kathy & Ray Garbach (Cousin)
October 29th, 2018
Pete and I are so sorry to hear this news. We are sending prayers.
Julie Murphy
October 29th, 2018
Sending you love my brother. I will never be able to repay all you did for me in my early sobriety. I love you Duke.
Craig DeMars
October 29th, 2018
Sending Love & Light - David you are the best Male friend a girl could have! I am blessed. We will continue our story!
Marie Garza (Friend)
October 29th, 2018
I wrote a few words to try to organize my thoughts and to give my appreciation to everyone who has been in my Father’s life. My Dad and I have had long conversations on the topic so I know he'll agree with me "That life will give you everything you need, and nothing you don't." So in faith, I must believe my Dad is leaving us, because this is what we need at this moment. It's been a little scary and surreal but this has to be the plan. I thought Gus put it beautiful yesterday when he said he told Wyatt that "God needs to see Uncle David right now, he’s got a seat saved just for him". Thank you, Gus for always being there for my Dad, Danny and me. I'll always remember those days we worked for my Dad tearing down and building houses.

I also have to believe, this is what my Dad needs at this time. I have so much gratitude that during this transition he has his mind and will intact. He gets to see how much he is loved by the people around him. I know he's not leaving. He'll never leave as long as we can keep him in our thoughts. Thank you everyone for your prayers and support. Uncle Steve, you have done more than I thought was humanly possible. Thank you. I think if any of us had the ability to switch places to relieve some of my Dad's pain, we would in a second. No doubt in my mind. Thank you all for being my family. Love and miss you.
Alan Gormican (Son)
October 29th, 2018
Dear Gormican family,

My most heartfelt condolences are extended to you all for the loss of your dearest loved one, Dave. May you find comfort in knowing that Mr. Gormican is safe in the memory of our loving heavenly Father, who gives us the hope of being reunited with our lost loved ones in the very near future. (John 5:28, 29)
October 29th, 2018
I have been thinking, as we all have, a lot about Dave and his life - and his impending death.

I think it is correct to describe Dave as a very gentle soul, sensitive, and in his own way very spiritual – or better philosophical.

He is also hard as nails, bull-headed and fearless. What he may have lacked academically, he more than made up for physically. His pound for pound astounding strength, coordination, balance and determination allowed him to be formidable in whatever he set his mind to. And nobody worked harder than Dave.

I have many memories of Dave, but I will just mention a few:

My earliest memories of Dave were at our home on Lake Ontario – 2362 Edgemere Drive. He was always in the water, and had a tan that was so dark that he might have been African-American – except for is very blond hair – white around the face, and the white rump that would occasionally show as his bathing suit was always drooping down. When we were at 590 Thomas Avenue, he was always in the pool, with a 45 minute hot shower afterwards, just in case he hadn’t been in the water enough.

Every time one of us went out to cut the lawn, the engine on the lawnmower was missing. Dave and Jim would pull it off and put it on one of their mini-bike frames and be roaring up and down the driveway, or maybe Thomas Avenue. Dad finally bought a small Honda motorbike for them – so that the lawn could get mowed! Dave would ride that bike on the rail of the railroad tracks that were at the bottom of the Thomas Avenue hill. I once asked Dave how far he could do a wheelie on the motorbike and he said – “As far as I want, once it’s up it’s no problem keeping it up”. As I said earlier, he had tremendous coordination and balance.

I would take Dave snow skiing occasionally, and was his chaperone on a trip to Cervenia, Italy. I think he was about 12 or 13 at the time. At the end of one day, my friend Bill Gavin who was also on the trip, and I were almost to the bottom a the mountain when we saw a skier go off the roof of a house that was
built into the side of the mountain, do a “spread-eagle”, land and continue down the mountain. We looked at each other, both impressed by what we saw. Bill said to me: “Boy is your father going to be made at you.” I said: “Why?” He said: “That
was your little brother Dave – and you are supposed to be taking care of him and making sure he’s safe.”

Dave came up to our NH place on Lake Winnipesaukee a number of times. We did some boating, water skiing, dining and drinking. On one of his early trips he was there during Motorcycle Weekend and we were at the Naswa Bar and Restaurant. Dave was in line for the men’s room, and a huge, tattooed biker cut in front of him. Dave told him, in no uncertain terms, to get to the back of the line. I was a bit concerned. I was also astonished when the biker went to the back of the line. The biker was from Quebec, Canada. Dave, the biker and all of the biker’s friends partied and drank together the rest of the night.

The last time I was in San Diego, Tony and I went out to Lakeside to see Dave. Dave showed us around his condo complex, pointing out all the units owned by Dave, Dave and Steve, and Dave’s friend, Jeff. As we walked around, everybody knew him. I thought he might be the “Mayor” of the complex. I was also very proud of him for his success in real estate. Like everything else, he had taken on the challenge and did well.

When Dave is gone, I won’t miss him. I have all of these great memories of my time with him. What I will miss is my opportunity to make more memories with him.

Thanks Dave for the memories – and God Bless You.

Greg Gormican (brother)
October 29th, 2018
followed the lighthouse safe to shore
October 28th, 2018
We will never forget all that Dave gave to all of us. The no BS, get it done attitude was always welcome. Going fast was something that we both enjoy. I'll miss him.
Joe Gormican (nephew)
October 28th, 2018
Uncle Dave - We always had the greatest time boating with the family! I'll cherish your adventurous stories forever. Love you man!!
Christo Anderson (Nephew)
October 28th, 2018
RIP Dave - God Bless
Paul Byrne
October 28th, 2018

What the hell man! I was just about to buy a house and could've used some help!! Very, very inconvenient.

BUT I'm comforted by knowing you're being THE man with THE MAN upstairs.
Tom Gormican (nephew)
October 28th, 2018
The Lord has just received the best. May you rest in peace. My memory of Dave at his best was when he came to Maine. We were talking about my sticking slider doors in the cottage after a big lobster dinner. It was late and cold outside. About 10PM that night he decided to take off the doors and grease them up. I was freaking out because everything was exposed. He said, "Roger, you've got to get me now. I'm leaving in the morning." So thanks Dave. Keep those heavenly doors open for all of us.

Roger Carlson (Brother in Law)
October 28th, 2018
Love you, David. Always.
Martha Gormican Harold (sister)
October 28th, 2018
All family events are important - for different reasons and for different purposes. We have had many happy occasions - this one, not so much. Yet we celebrate David's full life. Even though are hearts are broken, the fond memories will live on. Love you, Dave.
Chris Harold (Bro-in-Law)
October 28th, 2018
Dave took a very special place in our lives (my wife and I) As newly weds, having never rented an apt before he truly let us feel our first two years of marriage so good so smooth. Such a good, friendly, smiley, welcoming, and very helpful friend, renter, neighbor. We truly appreciate all his real committed help at all times no matter what. We will truly miss him!
October 28th, 2018
Super great guy and he will be missed
Bob Shelley (Family)
October 28th, 2018
Dangerous Duke!
Dave was so much to so many, but for me it really boils down to a few core components that defined my uncle. One of the things I love the most about Dave was his childhood spirit. He had a thirst for adventure, thrill and excitement. This infectious spirit was undeniable to anyone who was close to him. I will remember many ski trips with him, me thinking I can out run the old uncle and challenging him to race down the hill. As I would turn downhill with everything I had I would always look over only to see Duke give me a casual wave as he effortlessly blew past me. I will always also remember our trips to Lake Powell where he would be last one to bed and the first one up. We all knew that because the generator and a pot of coffee would be our 5am alarm clock letting us know it was time to get ready for boating. I am sure much to stress of my dad, I took an early fascination to motorcycles and dreamed of learning how to ride. Duke so calmly took me under his wing and taught me to ride. He was patient and within only a few minutes had me feeling on top of the world on behind the wheel. I always will cherish these memories. Not simply because of the good times I was lucky enough to have with him, but more because it taught me an approach to life, to never loose site of the childhood spirit and happiness it provides.
What defines my uncle for me also runs deeper than his sense of adventure, it lies within what defined his character. This could definitely run into pages, but to narrow it down for me I think of honest, determined, and loving as really who he was. Throughout the week, I have heard just about everyone refer to Dave as honest Dave. I think maybe the better word for it may be transparent Dave. Dave was honest with himself first which spilled over into everything he did and everyone he touched. I know that this is something I will always respect and remember about my uncle in my own life and apply even when it’s not easy. It is something that is hard to do, but something that was hardwired into Dave. Determined I think maybe the most obvious to everyone who knew him. Dave had amazing skills as a craftsman’s, but even more determination and work ethic. It is rare to see people who have skill and determination, but Dave had 110% of both. He had 2 speeds, 0 and 11. The product of his passion will live on forever not only in probably in parts of all of our houses, but in our hearts. Most importantly Dave was loving. Dave loved deeply- his family, friends, and coworkers the love he shared and had was undeniable. I know that this love is something that will never leave us and will be with us forever. We love you Dangerous Duke and your spirit is with us forever.
Nick Gormican (Nephew)
October 28th, 2018
I love you Uncle Dave! I have had a special relationship with you ever since you became my godfather when I was a little baby. I've love boating with you, and spending time with you in Coronado. I will always remember you, and will miss you!
Laurie Rowen (Niece)
October 28th, 2018
Dave will be greatly missed and inspired many. On my first ski trip my Dad told me about a time when his little brother Dave skied off a rooftop in Switzerland. After that, I knew I could handle the bunny slopes. My deepest condolences to my wonderful cousins, Danny and Alan, for the loss of their father. Dave was a great, strong man. Love, Betsy
Betsy Miller (niece)
October 28th, 2018
David - you were the most honest, kind, generous, strong, brave (somewhat reckless but fun) and good man. I always respected you. Fond memories of Hawaii vacation and Cabo diving off the rock! I was honored to be with you at the end of your life's journey. Here is a poem fitting of the last day together.

Come to Me

God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, "Come to Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Ann Gormican Anderson (Sister)
October 28th, 2018
This is the memorial I set up for Dave Gormican. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Steve Gormican
October 27th, 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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