Obituary of Ellen M. Gormley
October 29, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Ellen at her home on October 29, 2021, after a brief illness. Ellen is predeceased by her devoted parents Hubert and Helen, brother Hugh, and her twin sister Jane. Ellen is survived by her loving family Susan Gormley, James Gormley, and Patricia Gerondeau, as well as several nieces, nephews, one grand-nephew, and many close cousins.
Ellen graduated from Holy Cross Academy and Fordham University Lincoln Center. While at Fordham University, Ellen was Coordinator of the Living Library, a campus club that matched disabled students with readers, and pre-recorded library materials. At the Center for Independent Living, Ellen instructed adults with late-onset blindness of community resources, as well as legal and financial entitlements. Throughout Ellen's life, she worked as a literacy instructor, and a private tutor helping individuals perfect their English-language skills, and prepare to take their General Education Degree. Ellen was an early member of the Achilles Track Club NYC and completed the NYC Marathon in 1988. Additionally, Ellen was an active member of The National Federation of the Blind and followed the advances in assistive technologies and civil rights of the blind community. Ellen enjoyed many diverse interests, and she especially enjoyed Irish history, literature, and music. Our dear Ellen was dearly loved, she will always be so very special to her family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Andrett Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker Street, in New York City from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm, and from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Ellen's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, 375 Second Avenue on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 11:00 am.
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Sending peace to all your family Susan!
Posted by: Ellen Issenberg - The Villages, FL - November 12, 2021
During our grade school years, I remember being in the Gormley home waiting for Hughie to get ready to go out. Ellen was at the piano. I remember quietly sitting next to her. She asked who was there. I told her Robert. She asked if I wanted to hear her play. I said yes. I always admired others who played musical instruments. I also remembered all her hard work learning Braille. Thinking back I never thought of her as blind or disabled. She was Ellen...my best friend's sister. Maybe a bit quiet but a real gentle soul.
God bless you Ellen.
Posted by: Robert Renahan - Sayre, PA - November 12, 2021
Remembering Ellen recalls many images of the lovely Gormley family.
Always so gracious.
Ellen would have been in my class at ICS and I think she came to school in the early days of Kindergarten or First Grade - not certain but I do remember her well.
She will shine among the stars forever.
ME (fitzpatrick) Beitel
Posted by: Mary Ellen Beitel - Southampton, NY - November 21, 2021