Obituary: Anthony M. Gorman

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Anthony M. Gorman “Tony”, an Englishman who became a US citizen, lost his battle with cancer on September 12, 2021.

“Tony kept his sense of humor throughout his cancer treatments, showing up as Walter White’s character Heisenberg from the Breaking Bad series, complete with gas mask during the height of the Covid virus pandemic,” said his wife of 38 years.

Tony was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England on March 9, 1949, and graduated from Walsall Technical College, where he learned engineering. When he was a teenager, he played reggae music in local youth clubs, and his love for Jamaican music was a thread that ran through his entire life. Co-owner of one record shop in the Walsall area, he eventually opened Daddy Kool’s reggae music shop in London. In the 1970s he produced “Dance Hall Stylee” with Jah Thomas, hitting number one in the reggae charts. Tony wrote “You’re the One” for girl group Tropical Breeze which hit number five in the charts.

It was in Cannes, France at a 1983 music convention when Tony met Cynthia “Cyd” and they married eight months later in Keighley, England.  After relocating to Stamford, he worked as a computer network consultant for The Data Edge. However, continued to produce music under the Silver Kamel Audio label, releasing Deyansa’s “Holding On To Life” in 2005. Tony was also the guest DJ at the Terrace Club, opening for Michael Rose, Toots and the Maytals and Ziggy Marley. He also organized a reggae cruise out of Long Island Sound and a local Caribbean Festival.

After 25 years on the coast, they moved from Shippan Point to Barkhamsted, where Tony designed their contemporary home near the American Legion Forest. They spent the next eight years enjoying hiking, boating and photographing the woodland creatures.

Tony was predeceased by his father, mother and one brother. He is survived by his wife Cynthia Kilbey Gorman and sons Earl Gorman of London, England and Wesley Gorman of Belmont, California. He has three remaining brothers, Melvin and Andy in the United Kingdom and Lawrence in Australia. He also leaves behind three granddaughters (Sienna, Sapphire, Elisha) and many other extended family members.

A celebration of his life will be held with friends and family sometime next year. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Program, Suite 300, 680 Main St. Watertown CT 06795.

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