Francis "Frank" Ronald Gorman

April 19, 1923February 1, 2018

Gorman, Francis Ronald April 19th 1923-February 1st 2018 It is with great sadness the family of Francis (Frank) Ronald Gorman (Halifax) announce his passing on February 1st 2018, surrounded by his family. Frank was born at home in Halifax on Pepperell Street, April 19th, 1923 to William and Hazel (Hodges) Gorman. His family moved to Merigomish when he was 10 years where he enjoyed hunting and fishing his brother, John. When he was 17 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy at the start of World War 2 and served for the duration of the war as a Naval gunner. During the war he met and later married the love of his life, Mary (Whalen) Gorman. After the war, he joined the Halifax Police Department where he served in the police force for 37 ½ years and welcomed his 3 daughters (Anne, Frances, and Geraldine) into the world. Frank was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Knights of Columbus, Cape Breton Club, Retired Police Association of Nova Scotia. Frank enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, going for drives to Cape Breton, having fun at the Casino and horse races, singing songs, reciting poetry, and sharing good times and his humour with friends and family. Frank is predeceased by his parents William and Hazel (Hodges) Gorman, brother John Gorman, sister Mary (Gorman) Doucette ,beautiful wife, Mary (Whalen) Gorman, and daughter, Gerri Gorman. Frank is survived by his daughters, Fran Gorman and Anne (Gorman) Watson, grandchildren and great -grandchildren Sandy (Sonia), Rhys, Teaghan, Arianna, David (Christa), Brandon, Gerri, Jessica, Brad (Kelli), Warren (Stephanie), Ethan, Ben, Lee ,Tara (Trevor), Ella and Alex. A celebration of life will be held for Frank and will begin with a wake on Wednesday, February 7th, 2017 from 6pm-9pm at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street Halifax and a service on Thursday February 9th 2018 at 11am in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1725 Oxford Street, Halifax; reception and internment to follow.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Funeral service Thursday, February 8, 2018

Francis "Frank" Ronald Gorman

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Caroline Barrett-Caswell

February 8, 2018

I am so sorry to read of your father's passing. The past year has brought much sadness to you and your family. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Tena Pickles

February 7, 2018

Fran and Anne, We are very sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts are with you If there is anything we are able to do please let us know. Wesley and Tena Pickles & staff at the MacDonald Apartments

Michael P Spearns

February 7, 2018

To the Gorman family;

This has been a difficult week for the members of the Halifax Regional Retired Police Association . We lost three great members of the force, Joe Duggan , Michael T. Sullivan and Frank.

All will be remembered by those who worked alongside of them, and their passing leaves me with more GOOD memories than sadness .

I met your Dad when I was just a rookie on the force. While I never served on his shift, I did come to know him through his love of swimming.

My wife, Pam and I would often drive or motorcycle down to Queensland Beach , usually around supper time, and swim lengths of the beach. Frank and Mary would always come over and we'd get all caught up and then it was off to do more lengths of the beach.

Pam has two brothers who used to live in the MacDonald Building, and they told us of meeting your Mom & Dad and just how much they loved to swim in the pool at the apartment building. It truly is a small world.

Frank was known for his gentle nature and his warm smile and greeting . I honestly believe that the men who served during the Second World War were cut from a strong bolt of cloth.

He will be fondly remembered for his service to our Country, our Community and for his dedication and honesty to the Halifax City Police.

Frank's life was one that was " Lived Well "

Our sincere condolences at his passing

Michael P Spearns
Sgt Ret.d
Halifax Regional Police

Kelli Harlow Watson

February 6, 2018

Dear Anne and Aunt Fran,

So sorry to hear of Grandpa Gorman's passing. He was a wonderful, brilliant and accomplished man who loved his family and country! What I will remember the most from the time I spent with him, is, his love for his family, story telling and for science. He will be greatly missed, but will live on in the hearts of his loved ones.

May you rest in peace Grandpa Gorman.

With love,
Kelli Harlow Watson

February 5, 2018

Fran: So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you.

Nancy Schofield

Atlantic Chief and Petty Officers ssociation

February 5, 2018

Dear Fran and Anne,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. As he crosses the bar; we hope the wonderful memories that you and your Dad have made together will help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your families.

Dale Jackson & family

February 5, 2018

The Gorman's were wonderful neighbours. We had many a great conversation out and about over the years, and many fun filled times at the swimming pool. Frank was a gentle giant, so thoughtful and always so kind to all whom he met. He was indeed a wonderful loving soul and the kindnesses acorded to me by Frank, Mary and girls when my mother and brothers passed away, will never be forgotten. His legacy will will live on throughout the years in the hearts and minds of Fran, Anne and all the grandchildren. Frank, "You had a very strong faith, love for all others and have fought the good fight. Enjoy that wonderful reunion with Mary, Gerri and all your family in that wonderful Kingdom on the other side. Gods speed my ole friend!" With Most Sincerest Condolences,