William P. ‘Bill’ Gorman

Jan. 7, 1914 - Jan. 9, 2008

Called by many "The Nicest Man in Waukesha," Bill Gorman passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at age 94, at HospiceCare Residence in Fitchburg.

William P. "Bill" Gorman was born at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Jan. 7, 1914, where his aunt, Eleanor Evans (later Davies), was a hospital administrator.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Theophile (Smith) Gorman of Waukesha and Middleton; his parents, John P. Gorman, who lived to be 100 years old, and Mae (Evans) Gorman of Waukesha; and brother, Robert (Dorothy) Gorman of Missoula, Mont.

He is survived by his siblings, Jack (Jeanne) Gorman and Eleanor (Earl) Tetzlaff of Arlington, Texas; children, Kathleen (Harry) Marshall of Lake Tomahawk and Carole (Loren) Ziglin of Cross Plains; four grandchildren, Capt. Harry (Amy) Marshall of San Clemente, Calif. (currently serving with the U.S. Marines in Iraq), Erin (Paul) Bierwagen of Dallas, Kimberly (Bradley) Bishop of Middleton and Nicholas (Nikki Fortin) Marshall of Grayslake, Ill.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Bill graduated from Waukesha High School in 1932 and attended Carroll College, where he met his wife-to-be, Theophile Smith, in the registration line. He also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying mechanical engineering.

Growing up, he worked at Waukesha Memorial Hospital doing odd jobs, Waukesha Engine and caddied summers at the Moor Downs (now Moorland) Golf Course.

Bill was baptized at St. Matthias Episcopal Church and was married to Theophile Smith in the chapel June 28, 1941.

Employed at Butler Bin Co. in Waukesha, he worked as a superintendent and personnel manager from 1938 to 1967. He worked at Wisconsin Bridge and Iron for three years in Milwaukee as a sales engineer and at RTE-ASEA, now Waukesha Electric Systems, for 13 years as a manufacturing engineer until 1984, when he retired at age 70.

He also was a founder/owner of a Ready-Mix Concrete Co. in Fond du Lac for many years, as well as founder and president of Remco Manufacturing, a company that manufactured cement filters and aerators.

He volunteered in a variety of capacities for a number of organizations. He served as president of the Whittier Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, was in the Jaycees of Waukesha, was a 30-plus-year member of the Sunrise Rotary Club as well as a Paul Harris fellow. He was also chairman of the Waukesha Red Feather Charitable Campaign (forerunner of the United Way) in 1961.

Bill was a member of DeMolay, Masonic Chapter of Waukesha, and served on the City of Waukesha Board of Review for property assessments, and the Waukesha Industrial Safety Commission.

His hobbies included fishing, golfing, camping, horseshoes, vegetable gardening, bridge, sheepshead and dancing. He was a member of many golf leagues at Moor Downs and other area golf courses, and bowling leagues at Sunset Bowl in Waukesha. At St. Matthias Episcopal Church, he served in many capacities: as an assistant Boy Scout troop leader, the head of the vestry, a janitor, an usher and a Sunday school teacher.

Bill was considered an excellent ballroom dancer, taking dance lessons for many years and along with his wife, and was a member of the Footnotes dance club.

Bill and Theophile traveled and camped for many years in a travel trailer throughout the United States and Canada with friends and grandchildren. They also traveled to Mexico and Europe. He was a member of the Vagabonds Camping group. For 22 years in retirement, he was a snowbird to the Valle Del Oro Resort in Mesa, Ariz., where he and his wife owned a second home. They enjoyed many friends and good times between both their homes in Mesa and Waukesha.

They sold their Waukesha home of 52 years on East Wabash Avenue in 2005 and moved to a senior apartment complex, Middleton Glen in Middleton, to be near family.

Bill will be sadly missed by family, his many friends and all of his caregivers.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services will continue with visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Monday, Jan. 14, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Matthias Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 824, Waukesha, WI 53187; HospiceCare Center, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711; or The Rotary Foundation, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.