Mount Pleasant, SC.
Edward Madison Gorman (96) departed this Earth on April 17th, at 7:47 AM Mr. Gorman was born in Princeton, NJ. His parents were Frank T. And Beatrice B. Gorman. His father was a college professor.
He was predeceased by his by his wife of fifty years, Norma W Gorman. His former wife Dorothy French lives in Princeton, NJ. His elder sister Elizabeth Parmentier of Palm City, FL predeceased him. A younger sister, Constance Gorman, lives in Mount Pleasant, SC. His elder brother Frank T Gorman, Jr died in 1978. His daughter Kathleen Colket lives with her husband Meredith in Avon, CT, and son, Stephen Gorman lives with his wife Rosalie in Pacific Grove, CA. Another son, Gary Gorman lives in Mount Pleasant, SC. His step-son Kenneth Westdyk and step-daughter Janice Cymny predeceased him.
Mr. Gorman leaves 12 grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Alexander Colket, Laura Jacobs, Caroline Colket, Brian Gorman, Kevin Gorman, Justin Westdyk, Blake Westdyk, Autumn Tranquelino, Sandra Cymny, Jamie Moreno, Kipa Sharpfish, and Michael Sharpfish.
In addition, he leaves 9 great grandchildren. Claudia Rose Beaty, Thomas Westdyk, Benjamin Rivera, Pasquale Rivera, Solan Colket-Jacobs, Nova Colket-Jacobs, Tomi Sharpfish, Enoki Sharpfish, and Declan Gorman.
Mr. Gorman graduated from Milton Academy, Harvard University (AB ‘46), and Harvard Business School (MBA ‘54). He served 3 years in the Navy during WWII, and 2 years in the CIA during the Korean War.
After graduating from HBS, he started Cascade Pools Corp. building residential pools in the Trenton, NJ area. Realizing that pools cost too much for blue collar workers, he developed a factory built, in the ground pool that could easily be installed by factory trained dealers.
This was a new concept in the industry, and with the endorsement of the Olympic Gold Medalist, Buster Crabbe, Gorman eventually had distribution east of the Mississippi River, Canada, Europe, and Japan with factories in Edison, NJ, and Surry, England. He was a former member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and president of the Edison Rotary Club.
The pool industry was growing, and Gorman was one of the original industry leaders who established the National Swimming Pool Institute (NSPI) that developed standards for the industry, serving in all offices of the local chapter (NESPA) and Director as well as Vice President of the National.
Mr. Gorman spent summers at Cape Cod where his father taught him the love of sailing. In his later years he spent as much time as he could in Davisville with friends and family of his youth. Mr.Gorman retired early, and with his wife Norma
(unretired) travelled the world from their home on Great Cruze Bay, St John, USVI.
For additional information please contact Valbona Westdyk of Mt. Pleasant, Mr. Gorman’s personal representative and in lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Cumberland College, Williamsburg, KY.