James Lee Gorton

James “Jim” Lee Gorton, 81, of Hooksett, New Hampshire died Friday, May 14 at home after a long life and long illness.

He was born in Bradford, on May 6, 1940 and lived around Bradford until he entered the United States Air Force for seven years of service.

After entering industry, he settled in New Hampshire. He worked in electronic engineering and quality control until he joined the United States Postal Service, where he was credited with saving the life of one of his customers in Hooksett.

Jim served on the Hooksett Town Council from 2006 – 2011. He was an avid hunter, a founding member of the Wild Turkey Federation in New Hampshire, and a noted stamp collector and dealer of Imperial Russian postage as the owner of “Fireside Stamps.”

With the heart of a survivor, Jim used some of his nine lives on: two plane crashes in the Air Force, a high-speed car crash in his teens, a fall off a roof, various health scares, and he ultimately outlived his prognosis by three years.

He is survived by his wife Patricia (Dobrowski) Gorton of Hooksett; his sons Daniel of Concord and Jamie (Rachael) of Malden, MA, and his daughter Maegan (Carl) Gorton of Manchester; his brother Jay Gorton of Bradford; and his wife’s siblings: George Dobrowski of Texas, Thomas (Deborah) of Sebago, Maine, and Elaine (Jeffrey) O’Donal of Gorham, Maine. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jason, Jacob (Alyssa), Jared, Evan, and William; one great-granddaughter, Camilla; and seven nieces or nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Phyllis (Herrington), his son Stephen Jay Gorton, and his sisters-in-law Cathy Dobrowski and Judy Gorton. He will be remembered in private services.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs General Post Fund. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com



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