Thomas Lee Gorman, 89, of Brookings, died March 22, 2002, at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 3, 1912, in Amasa, Mich., to Michael Gorman and Ella Beziak Gorman.

Mr. Gorman spent his early working years as a logger in Michigan. He was well known in the Brookings area as a carpenter, remodeling and building homes. When he was young, he enjoyed repairing and refurbishing old cars. His greatest hobby was fishing.

He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific as a chief motor machinists mate. He joined the Navy on Oct. 14, 1943, and was discharged on Nov. 23, 1945. He was an active Life Member in Curry County VFW Post 966. He helped to repair and fix the VFW Posts building whenever needed, as well as supporting and helping fellow members.

He is survived by his second wife, Laura of Brookings; daughter, Jacquelyn Kenney of Cicero, Ill.; stepchildren, David McKey of Medford; Ronald McKey of Denver ; John Engeli of Oakland, Calif.; and Deborah Nichols of Redding, Calif. Also surviving are one granddaughter and three great-grandsons, sisters, Laura Siepman of Round Lake, Ill.; Helen Hamlien and Rose Marie Alm, both of North Adams, Mass.

Preceding him in death were his first wife, Mabel Sogren; brothers, Frank and George; sisters, Marie Bennett and Caroline Stebbins.

A memorial service will be Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the VFW Post, corner of Pioneer Road and Pacific Avenue. Interment of his ashes will be at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 966 Building Fund, P.O. Box 2475, Harbor, OR 97415.

Arrangements under the direction of Weirs Mortuary Chapel, Crescent City.