Jonathan J. Gorrie

Age 38: Furniture restorer, musician

June 12, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Jonathan J. Gorrie, a furniture restorer and musician, died of a heart attack June 3 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Hampden resident was 38.

Mr. Gorrie was born in Prospect Park, Pa. He was raised there and in Oxford, Maine, where he graduated from high school.

He attended the University of Maine at Portland, and at the time of his death he had nearly completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree in English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Mr. Gorrie moved to Baltimore and took a job at the Charles Theater.

"I guess he was 18 when he came to work for me. I was operating the Charles then, and Jonathan worked taking tickets and running the concession stand," Pat Moran, a Baltimore casting executive, yesterday.

"Then I later hired him as a casting assistant, and he worked on Homicide: Life on the Street, The Corner and the pilot for The Wire. He was a great, great kid, so caring and laid-back," she said. "He has been so much in my life since the first day I met him."

Mr. Gorrie had worked for the past several years restoring antique furniture at Adajian & Nelson in Hampden.

Mr. Gorrie was a self-taught musician who was 12 when he began playing the guitar.

"He played acoustical and electric guitar and the piano," said his wife of 12 years, the former Charlotte Chang.

When Mr. Gorrie moved to Baltimore, he joined Lambs Eat Ivy, an art band that played such venues as the Whitney Museum in New York City and the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington.

For the past several years, the Union Avenue resident had played for the Bobwhites Band.

Plans for a memorial gathering were incomplete yesterday.

Also surviving are his mother, Patricia White, and his stepfather, David Reichenbacher of Philadelphia; three brothers, Joe Gorrie of Klingerstown, Pa., Scott Gorrie of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Chris Gorrie of Denver; and a sister, Starr Cathers of Barclay, Queen Anne's County.

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