Joseph Lawrence Gorga

July 17, 1952July 22, 2017
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Joseph L. Gorga, 65, of Greensboro, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, he received his BS degree in Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University and his MS degree in Textile Engineering from the Institute of Textile Technology in Charlottesville, VA. Joe began his career in 1975 with Milliken and Company where he held a number of positions, beginning as a Management Trainee and later as a Plant Manager and Director of Manufacturing. In 1985 he was named General Manager for the automotive and elastic fabrics business for Milliken and Company. Joe later left Milliken to become President of the Elastic Fabrics of America and the Finished Fabrics divisions of CMI Industries, and then Chairman and CEO of CMI Industries. In 2002 he joined Burlington Industries as Executive Vice President North American Operations to then become the President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Textile Group from its inception in 2004 through his retirement in 2014. Most recently, Joe continued his career consulting in the textile industry.

Throughout this career Joe was an activist and strong supporter of the textile industry and took a leading role in industry lobbying efforts. He served as a Director and Vice Chairman of the American Textile Manufacturing Institute, Chairman of the National Textile Association and as a Director of the National Council of Textile Organizations.

Joe was active in his support of the Boy Scouts of America Old North State Council. He received numerous recognitions for his service.

Joe was predeceased by his mother, Margaret A. Gorga, and father, Joseph W. Gorga. His father managed a textile plant that supplied fabric to clothing makers in New York City’s garment district. It was through an apprenticeship with his father, beginning at age 13 sweeping floors, that he found his lifelong career and passion in the textile industry. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn P. Gorga, his children, Caroline Gorga of St Petersburg, FL and Joseph M. Gorga of Raleigh, NC, his sister, Barbara Berry and her husband Eugene Berry of Seminole, FL, his brother Lawrence Gorga of Upper Saddle River, NJ, and his nieces and nephews.

Joe was a compassionate, generous and fun-loving man and this world is a better place for his presence. He was a true friend, extraordinary father and loving husband.

Visiting will be Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, 11:00 am at Our Lady of Grace Church, 2205 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27403. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys Scouts of America Old North State Council, 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408 or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or a charity of your choosing.

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  • Visitation Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Mary-Anne Welch

December 9, 2017

Dear Carolyn,
Jim and I send our sincere condolences for your loss. I heard Joe's name at the at Mass on Friday and am sorry we did not know in July. Joe was always so friendly to us at church and his kind smile and good nature made Jim, a non catholic, feel welcome. His smile and kindness will not be forgotten. May God's peace continue to be with you, Caroline and Matt.
Much Love,
Mary-Anne and Jim Welch

Lawrence Gorga

September 30, 2017

Joe, you were my hero. I think of you everyday. The world is a better place because of you. Mom and Dad were so proud of you.
Always, your loving brother.

Bruce Anton

August 6, 2017

To the entire Gorga Family,
I was Joe's college roommate for the first 2 years of our textile engineering program at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.
I got to know his entire family those 2 years and you can say we "grew up" together into young men those 2 years. Much studying, as well as fun. We spent a lot of time together those years of 1969 to 1971. I always wanted to keep in touch, but somehow did not. Joe was a great guy then and as I have read a "greater" guy now.
My sincerest condolences and I am proud to spend so much time with him.

Beth & Jerry Resnick

August 1, 2017

We send sincere condolences to you & extended family for your great loss.
Beth and Jerry Resnick

Joan Hennessy

July 29, 2017

Carolyn, we interacted occasionally during the Habitat for Humanity lunch serving (headed by Lorraine Brown). I was so sorry to learn from Lorraine of your beloved husband's passing. My prayers and sincere sympathy to you and your family on your great loss.
Joan Hennessy

Richard Matthews

July 28, 2017

It was a little more that 35 years ago when Joe became my boss and was named plant manager at Excelsior Plant in Union, SC. He was young, had a keen mind and enthusiastic about his work. He was kind and generous and was gifted in his ability to relate to people no matter what position they held. He was destined to succeed...and he did! My sympathies are with your family as I know what a great loss you have experienced. Please know that I care and share in your sorrow.

July 27, 2017

Carolyn and Family,
We are so sorry about Joe. You have been in our thoughts and prayers and continue to be. We have some good memories from Tar Heel sporting events. He was kind and always asked how our family was doing. Blessings on you and your family.
Dennie and Barbara Smith

Cavallaro family

July 27, 2017

Dear Gorga Family,
our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Greg and Tina Yarrow

July 27, 2017


Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom, and your brother.

Todd Lovitz

July 26, 2017

Dear Gorga family. I am very sorry to hear about Joe. I went to Textile with Joe and lived right across the hall from him in the dorm. We were great friends and had many many fun times together. We both had huge afros and many people actually thought that we were brothers. Go figure...A Jew and Italian with afros lol His roommate Bruce Anton , Joe and I were kind of like the three Stooges. I lost touch with Joe many years ago and am very sorry that I did. Again....My deepest condolences....Joe was a GREAT guy!!!