Tom Gorman, who was the first churchwarden at the former St Edmund’s Church in North Lynn and later chief steward and a churchwarden at St Margaret’s Church in Lynn, has died, aged 89.
A Londoner, he came to Lynn as a bricklayer after World War II and joined local building firm Warren Bros, becoming its foreman.
Mr Gorman was technical manager for the construction of the Lynn Technical College, which later became the Norfolk College of Arts and Technology and then the College of West Anglia.
He was also involved in building St Edmund’s Primary School at North Lynn. He led the parents’ campaign to get an outdoor swimming pool for the school in 1961 and was a governor at St Edmund’s for about 50 years.
But it was for taking up local causes and helping people by doing practical jobs and looking after their gardens for them that Mr Gorman became particularly well-known in North Lynn.
His only son Terry, 63, who now lives in Derby, said: “My father was an example of the kind of person who throughout his life did a lot for the community without being recognised for it.”
Mr Gorman helped set up St Edmund’s Church and after it closed he began attending St Margaret’s Church, of which he was a churchwarden until four years ago.
He and his widow, Betty, 88, were married 65 years. He also leaves grandchildren Tom and Hannah. A funeral service will be held at Lynn Minster on December 18, at 12noon.