Chris O’Gorman

‘You had a fine innings,
cut short by an unexpected googly!’

Chris and Brenda pictured at their ruby wedding.

A moving eulogy for Chris O’Gorman was given by his son, Richard, at his father’s funeral at St. Teresa’s RC Church, Darlington, on 19 November 2018. Chris had died suddenly aged 69 at his home in Middleton St George on 25 October.
Chris and Brenda had lived in Bishop Monkton since 1988 and immersed themselves in village life. He played cricket for the Bishop Monkton side, organised several jumble sales for club funds, sang in village concerts and in the Parish Church choir on special occasions and both were keen members of the Table Tennis Club. They left the village to move to the North East in 2017.
In his eulogy Richard told the large congregation about Chris’s boyhood days when, despite being an altar boy and looking angelic in his surplice, he had a cheeky side to him.
On one occasion, after lunch, the family was sitting around the table and Chris went into the garden to practise his cricket. Suddenly a cricket ball smashed through the window landing in the middle of the table. And this would not be the last time Chris would be introuble over a wayward cricket ball!
Later, through a mutual love of music, he met Brenda. Both were members of the Bradford Gilbert and Sullivan Society and both thoroughly enjoyed taking part in productions at the Alhambra and at the Waterford International Music Festival.
After an early training and career in carpets, he embarked on a brave new venture in setting up his own company, the O’Gorman and Carey Carpet Contractors, which became a successful and well-respected contractor within the industry. Clients included high street banks, shops, hotels, nursing homes and the icing on the cake was Chatsworth House.
During this time the family moved to Bishop Monkton. He grew to love North Yorkshire and village life.
He quickly immersed himself in his passion, cricket (despite his earlier misdemeanour as a boy!). ‘Coggy’, as he became known, played in the Nidderdale League and went on to become captain of the village side. On one infamous occasion he knocked the TV aerial off an adjoining house with a huge six.
Chris also sang in village concerts and also joined the Parish Church choir on special occasions. He had a lovely singing voice and you could always know when Chris was near you at church.
When he hung up his cricket boots, he and Brenda became keen members of Bishop Monkton Table Tennis Club, where they are still remembered with great affection.
Richard reminded us that his Dad had two ‘F’ words which were prominent in much of his everyday life – Family and Faith.
He had an unwavering and deep faith in God that kept him strong through all the ups and downs of life.
He was also a great Family man extremely proud of Richard and Ruth, and his beloved grandchildren.
Chris and Brenda enjoyed 46 years of married life and in the last 12 years, since his retirement, had travelled twice around the world and spent many happy months at their Cretan house called ‘Round the Bend’. The grandchildren delighted in telling people that ‘Grandma’s gone round the bend!’

Richard concluded by describing his father as ‘a faithful son, a loving husband, an ever-reliable big brother, a brilliant grandpa, a wonderful friend and, frankly the best dad in the world!’
He ended with this tribute to his Dad: ‘You had a fine innings, cut short by an unexpected googly’
Bishop Monkton was represented at the funeral by several villagers.

Cricket captain: Chris is on left of back row.
The Three Tenors: Chris is on the right.