Richard J. Gorney, 83, sales manager

September 22, 2006

Richard J. Gorney, a retired sales manager who also had been a carrier for the Sunpapers, died of cancer Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Timonium resident was 83.

Mr. Gorney was born and raised in Dundalk and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a physical fitness instructor under the direction of Gene Tunney, a 1920s heavyweight boxing champion.

In 1948, he went to work for National Gypsum Co., where he was district sales manager for the Baltimore-Washington area. He retired in 1986. From 1962 to 1978, he delivered newspapers in Towson.

His memberships included the American Legion in Timonium, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Towson Elks and Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.

An avid golfer, he was an original member of the Towson Golf and Country Club and was a member of the Hunt Valley Country Club.

For the past 18 years, Mr. Gorney and his wife, the former Rose Marie Cockerham, whom he married in 1949, enjoyed spending time at their second home in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville.

Also surviving are three sons, Richard D. Gorney of Jessup, Stephen Gorney of Towson and Mark C. Gorney of LaMirada, Calif.; a daughter, Susan G. Jackson of Midlothian, Va.; a brother, the Rev. Joseph Gorney of New Smyrna, Fla; a sister, Theresa Hewitt of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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