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West Bay's Bill Gorman to hold signing of remarkable seniors book

Bill Gorman of West Bay has authored his fourth book entitled "The Remarkable Seniors of the Port au Port Peninsula."
Bill Gorman of West Bay has authored his fourth book entitled

Author Bill Gorman says his newest book “The Remarkable Seniors from the Port au Port Peninsula” is to be his final book — again.

He said the same thing when he had his last book “Lest We Forget, The Life and Times of Veterans from the Port au Port Peninsula – WW2 and The Korean War” when it was published back in July of 2011.

There seems to be something that keeps him going back to writing books focused at preserving the heritage of people on the Port au Port Peninsula with this one the fourth he has written.

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The latest book by Bill Gorman of West Bay features 96 remarkable seniors of the Port au Port Peninsula.
The latest book by Bill Gorman of West Bay features 96 remarkable seniors of the Port au Port Peninsula.

His first book, “Never Forgotten Days at Millers Passage, Sagona and Harbour Breton” featured the Resettlement Program of 1934-36 of people from those communities settling in Lourdes.

It was during research of that book that he discovered his great uncle Julian Gorman served in the First World War and died at 17 years of age on March 30, 1915.

That inspired him to write about veterans on the Port au Port Peninsula in the First World War and he followed up with stories of veterans in the Second World War and the Korean War.

His latest book, about 96 people he chose in the community by age and community on the Port au Port Peninsula, is a good sample of people in communities there.

The eldest featured in the book is Hugh Campbell, a Second World War veteran, who is heading for his 100th birthday on Jan. 1, 2019 and whose hobby is reading The Western Star and doing puzzles in it.

The youngest in the book is Valerie Wheeler at 70 years of age and Gorman said each and every person featured runs the gamut from war veterans, musicians, entrepreneurs, homemakers, lumberjacks, fishermen to janitors and more.

“It’s their stories about how they lived on the peninsula and while most are still alive, some have died since being interviewed for the book which was three years in the making,” he said.

The retired schoolteacher said he made his living by teaching the children of the people featured in the book, so it’s his way of giving back.

Another feature in the book is surname changes that took place years ago, which included his own that he discovered while doing the book. He has since officially got his name changed from O’Gorman to Gorman.

His said his reasoning for again saying he won’t be writing any more books is that it’s so time consuming, taking an average of seven hours per profile for everyone in the book.

Gorman is holding a book signing for his latest book at the Port au Port West Senior’s Club on Father Joy’s Road at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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