O’GORMAN, Dr. John Joseph

March 21, 1927 – October 27, 2014

With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Dr. John O’Gorman, a much-loved husband, father and grandfather on October 27, 2014. He passed away at home with his family by his side. John was born in County Limerick, Ireland and went on to graduate from the National University of Ireland and Liverpool University Medical School. In 1969, John and his family emigrated from the U.K. to Canada where he pursued a career in Public Health until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his life, John shared his passion for golf, horses, tennis and gardening with his family.
His honesty and integrity will be a legacy he leaves behind. His gentle, kind and modest nature will be sorely missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara and his children, Richard (Carole), Timothy (Krista) and Judith. His seven grandchildren will miss him dearly. John’s extended family in Ireland will remember him fondly. To honour John’s wishes, a private family service was held.
“And I found with the break of dawn, you and the song had gone, but the melody lingers on.”-Irving Berlin

  1. On 01/11/2014 at 1:11 pm Ted Howell Said:

    My Dear Barbara, my sincere sympathy on the passing of you partner John. I consider it to have been a great privilege to have known you both, and spent many happy coffee hours in your Spring Bank home with you both. Who can ever forget John’s end of Golf Club Season speeches. My golfing days are long over but the memories of those past days still linger.

    The very Best Wishes for your future days.


  2. On 01/11/2014 at 1:47 pm Ardene Robinson Vollman Said:

    I remember Dr. O’Gorman very well from my early days as Director of Public Health Nursing at Mount View Health Unit. He was much loved and admired by the public health nursing staff and contributed greatly to the health of Albertans, to the education of community medicine residents, and to the community. His golf tournament was always a highlight of the summer season. My condolences to the O’Gorman family.

  3. On 01/11/2014 at 2:22 pm OLGA FYFE Said:

    Dear Barbara Please accept my condolences on John’s passing. What fun he was ! I always looked forward to see if he was golfing each year. He will be greatly missed.

  4. On 01/11/2014 at 2:37 pm Tracy Schaeffler and Tim Platnich Said:

    Richard, Carole and family,

    So sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Our condolences to the O’Gorman family.

    Tracy & Tim

  5. On 02/11/2014 at 9:04 am Mo Pickersgill Said:

    Honesty and integrity certainly do discribe our Dr,O
    He was always there for his staff and their families.
    Many times l required his good advice and on occasion when the situation was such
    Dr.O would drop everything to support us personally in a very large Health Unit.
    It has been a privilege to know and work with this kind and gentle man…the last of the
    Our sympathy to you and your family Barbara
    Pete and Mo Pickersgill

  6. On 02/11/2014 at 1:16 pm Phil & Sheila Ward Said:

    Dear Barbara,
    Phil & I were very sorry to hear of John’s passing . Our deepest sympathy to you & the family .
    He will be greatly missed .
    Sheila & Phil Ward

  7. On 02/11/2014 at 1:20 pm Clark and Marian Adams Said:

    John’s kindness,generosity and sense of humour has been an inspiration for all who knew him. We will miss our coffee and golfing chats. Those fond memories will remain with us. Clark and Marian Adams

  8. On 02/11/2014 at 3:45 pm Judy and Terry Shupe Said:

    Barbara-Terry and I send our condolences to you and your family. Dr. O. was a wonderful man to work with. Terry and I always enjoyed seeing you and Dr. O. on the golf course. Our thoughts are
    with you. Judy and Terry Shupe

  9. On 02/11/2014 at 7:34 pm Bill & Angie Scott Said:

    I got to know John when Tim chose my daughter to be his wife. John was one of the finest individuals I ever met, a kind gentle heart of gold, blended together with Barbara and his incredible grasp of knowledge. His everlasting love of reading sustained him beyond all our thoughts and Barbara, we think of you at this time and know just how much energy it took to help John along his path..our thoughts are with you and family.

  10. On 03/11/2014 at 8:50 am Roberta Said:

    Barbara and family: My sincere condolences on the passing of John. I always enjoyed talking to John about horse racing. He will be missed by all his friends.

    Sincerely, Roberta

  11. On 03/11/2014 at 12:24 pm Alison Crabb Said:

    Barbara – just to let you know that I am thinking about you and your family. I remember John with his charm and friendliness with great affection, and I know my mother enjoyed him so much at Calligraphy. We look forward to seeing you at dancing when you are ready.
    With love, Alison

  12. On 03/11/2014 at 1:22 pm Laura McLeod Said:

    I was so saddened to hear of Dr O’s death. He was my first preceptor in my public health residency training, and I have so many wonderful memories of him. He was a true role model of how to be a medical officer – how to work collaboratively with the team, how to care about the individuals as well as the community, how to share expertise in a way that people welcome it – and it was spending that time with him that lead me to work in smaller communities for a decade. He was a real gem and will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family – I hope it brings you some comfort to have a sense of how many lives he touched and influenced!

  13. On 03/11/2014 at 8:38 pm Nancy Connors Said:

    I too, am saddened to read of Dr. O’s passing. I had the good fortune to work with him at Foothills Health Unit. He was kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, and supportive of all his colleagues. It was a privilege to work with him, learn from him and receive his support and encouragement. I have many wonderful memories of Dr. O over the years. He was blessed with a wonderful sense of humour and could always see the positive side of taxing situations and individuals. Alberta has lost a champion of public health service, someone who supported the next generation of Medical Officers and Public Health Staff from all disciplines. He was indeed a gem and truly will be missed. He spoke often of you, Barbara and your family. My deepest condolences to all of you at this time.

    Nancy Connors and Glen Hammerlindl

  14. On 04/11/2014 at 9:50 am Donna Wilkins Said:

    Dear Barbara and Family, it is with deep sadness that I write today as with Dr. O’s passing the world has lost a very bright light. Dr. O was one of the most compassionate and caring human beings I have ever met, I was so blessed to have had the honour of knowing him. He set the bar high in every aspect of his life and made everyone feel that they were valued and important. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Donna Wilkins

  15. On 04/11/2014 at 2:47 pm Eric Friesen Said:

    Dear Barbara & family, we send our deepest condolences for your loss. John was a great boss & mentor,a great golf partner & also a great friend. He will be missed but we have so many good memories. I am so glad that I was able to visit with you and John when I was in Calgary this summer.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely, Eric & Elaine Friesen

  16. On 05/11/2014 at 9:07 pm Gerry and Sharon Wilson Said:

    Dear Barb and family
    We are so sad to hear that our dear friend and neighbour has left us. We have such great memories of John as our neighbour for so many years. He was a friend to us, so helpful in so many ways. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!

    ost sincerely, Gerry and Sharon Wilson

  17. On 06/11/2014 at 8:32 am Dr. John Willey Said:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss, Barbara. I always appreciated John’s wit and public health knowledge. We all have very fond memories to cling to.

  18. On 18/09/2019 at 6:37 pm Cindy Stewart & Jim Campbell Said:

    The world has lost one of a kind with the passing of Dr.O. I think of him often and find myself reaching for the phone to give him a call. I miss his sweet, kind soul and his strong integrity. He is the most authentic person I have ever met. He continues to be missed.

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