on May 20, 2014 - 7:01 PM
Jan. 7, 1930 – May 16, 2014
Jack E. Gorman, of Grand Island, an Army veteran and retired chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol in Buffalo, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 84.
Born in Lakewood, Ohio, Mr. Gorman was educated in Berea, Ohio. He served in the Army from 1948 to 1950.
He began his career in the U.S. Border Patrol as a patrol inspector in 1955 at El Paso, Texas. He rose through the ranks and was transferred to Western New York in 1976, followed by his wife and children in 1977. They made their home on Grand Island.
Mr. Gorman retired in 1984 as the chief patrol agent of the Buffalo Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol.
After his retirement, Mr. Gorman worked as a dispatcher for the Grand Island Fire Company for five years.
He served as the membership chairman for the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers until recently.
He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, its Holy Name Society and the Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752, Knights of Columbus, on Grand Island.
Mr. Gorman was an avid reader and golfer, and he enjoyed playing guitar and gardening.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.