Soham Grammarians - Mrs Marie O'Gorman (Mathematics, late WW2)

extracts from Mrs O'Gorman's obituary in the Newmarket Journal, 30th January 2020 

Marie O’Gorman

A Requiem Mass was held at Newmarket Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Etheldreda on January 20, to celebrate the life of Marie Eaton O’Gorman, latterly of the Montana Nursing Home run by nuns of the Benedictine Order in Great Barton. Mrs O’Gorman died in West Suffolk Hospital on December 20 in her hundredth year.

Born in Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles, Mrs O’Gorman was educated there before going on to graduate with a mathematics degree from the University of Aberdeen.

While she was later teaching in Dumfries, she met her husband-to-be, Paddy O’Gorman, who was working for the wartime Ministry of Agriculture Committee in the area. The couple married towards the end of the war and moved to Cambridge and subsequently to Exning where Mr O’Gorman renewed the equine interests which had started in his native County Cork.

While he set up and ran a successful yard where he broke in yearlings belonging to a number of the leading Newmarket trainers of the time and ran Scaltback Stud, Mrs O’Gorman taught Maths at Soham Grammar School, now the Village College.

Her husband gained a trainers’ licence in 1953, training a handful of of winners before horses belonging to the South African millionaire J S Gerber came to him in the late 1950s. Mr and Mrs O’Gorman and their family moved to Shalfleet Stables, in Bury Road, in 1960 and subsequently to Graham House Stables on Birdcage Walk where he trained the winners of a number of big races.

Throughout his career, Mrs O’Gorman supported her husband, as well as bringing up their five children. After his sudden death in 1969, their eldest son Bill took over the Graham Place yard and Mrs O’Gorman went back to teaching at St Louis Primary School, in Newmarket, and worked privately with children who needed extra help with reading.

A devout Roman Catholic, Mrs O’Gorman was involved with groups at the Church in Exeter Road and also enjoyed her membership of the local University of the Third Age until she reached 90.

Mrs O’Gorman leaves her sons Bill, Dick and Michael, daughters Sarah and Christine, grandchildren PJ, Emma, Joey, Sophie, Nicholas, Anthea, Lydia, William, Marie, Charles, Philip and Lydia, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Family mourners at the funeral service, which was conducted by Father Anthony Foreman and Father Christopher Smith and was followed by private interment at Newmarket Cemetery, were Bill and Elaine O’Gorman, Dick and Jackie O’Gorman, Sarah Esler, Christine Alexander, Michael and Anna O’Gorman together with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In January 2013 Peter Nicholls SG39 listed Mrs O'Gorman among the incoming wartime staff, coming in about 1943? It was Peter who made contact to say she had died. 
Her husband William Gerard 'Paddy' O'Gorman was born in County Cork, Ireland on 27th May 1913. As detailed in their son Bill's Book Racing Horses - About my father's business Paddy came to England in 1934. It is not known when he moved to Newmarket, but according to John & Ena Powney (who live in Shalfleet Cottage now), they say that the house was built in around 1937 and they bought it off Paddy in 1959.

Paddy went to work for Robert John 'Jack' Colling at his Scaltback Stud and got his first training license in 1953. (Jack was the son of Robert Weston Colling). Paddy died at the age of 56 in Newmarket in June 1969.
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with thanks to Peter Nicholls and John Dimmock: page created  7 Feb 2020