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John O'Gorman

John O'Gorman

John W. O'Gorman

O'Gorman, John W. age 69, of Minneapolis. Passed away on December 30th. Survived by his wife, Connie Neuman; daughter, Amy (Terry) Holter and step-son Scott (Rebeca) Irwin; grandchildren, Leo, Ara and Evan Holter; siblings, Philip (Barbara) O'Gorman, Steve O'Gorman, Patricia (Patrick) O'Gorman-Callahan and Peter O'Gorman; as well as other relatives and friends. Memorial service Friday, January 15th at 11:00 am at the Morris Nilsen Chapel, 6527 Portland Ave S. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center Hospice Unit for the amazing, skillful and compassionate care they provided. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226

Published on January 10, 2016 -- Star Tribune

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01/13/16 11:44 AM #1    

Carl Bourdon

The founder of the Centurys band has joined two other members, Lyle Parin and Glenn Dodge, in Rock and Roll Heaven.

I wish I knew as I was in the VA December 8 and would have visited John.

I remember sitting on his porch the summer before senior year listening as John an Bill Barth would practice.

A tune of Meet Mr Callehan was played, I still recall of the origins of this garage band.

Farewell John

01/19/16 09:00 AM #2    

Jerome H LeMire

John was a classmate at St.Mary's we graduated in 1960,at a 50 year reunion in 2010 John and I talked about a magical night late in 1962.We were at Scott O Malley's home in Little Canada,those  present were Scott OMalley on drums,Ron Harnden on guitar,Mike Abbott on base guitar,Bill Barth on guitar,John O Gorman on guitar and me on guitar,we jammed for about 3 hours and had a great time.At the end of the evening we all shook hands and promised to do it again, unfortunately we never did. The night of our reunion I knew that John was very sick he told me what was going and what the prognosis was.At the end of the night we gave each other a hug ,I told him I would keep him in my prayers,and we parted company. Good-Bye my friend keep on rocking.    Jerry LeMire

01/20/16 12:09 PM #3    

John Niles

Alot of us graduated from St. Mary's in 1960.

Good times gone, but never forgotten.

Sister Justin taking the cigarettes and giving them to Father Finn.

John Niles


01/27/16 11:12 PM #4    

William (Bill) Zemke

I to had gone to school with John at St Mary's. We were good friends  and it carried over to our first year as freshmen at Hill in 1961 . I had two paper routes in the St Mary's neighborhood and John worked after school so  neither of us could take the Hill and Archbishop Murray Bus as it would get us home too late so John and I rode  the Twin City Bus back and forth to Hill. John would get on the bus down town White Bear then it would run along the lake to the Standard Station on HW 61 where I would get on. On the 40 min. ride to White Bear Avenue and Front where we got off John was often shy and quiet until we started to talk about Music and the Band. His Eyes would light up and he was in a different world. We would talk often about the Barkdall Band  I believe it was the (Corvettes) and his jamming with Lyle Parin and Bill Barth. One day as we were walking across the fields( before Aldrich Arena was built) from Hill  to White Bear Avenue and Front to catch the bus we found a garter snake so I picked it up and stuffed it in my jacket pocket. On the bus ride home as people would get off   we would hang it out the window and "ROAR" at the response of the riders that had just departed. Unfortunately it died in my pocket and wet all over my jacket . It stunk so bad I had to throw it away. John and I always got a good laugh about that. I met John  about 40 years later when a group of classmates gathered at the VFW in WBL. It was really good to see him and I found out about the struggles John and his family were going through. I know he will always be remembered for his great music talents and the fact he was just a great guy. My Condolences to John's family ,he will be missed  but he is in a much better place.   Sincerely Bill Zemke

02/21/16 03:48 PM #5    

Carl Bourdon

John William O'Gorman

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