He was six-three, she an even five feet
... and 300 came to the wedding
from Richard and Phyllis Gorman
The Gormans were married in August 1951. They had met on a dinner date arranged
by a girl friend of Phyllis'. It was a bit of an unlikely pairing since Richard
stood six feet three inches tall next to Phyllis, a mere petite five feet.
Actually it was a miracle that Phyllis even survived as a premature baby, born
weighing only 2 lbs 3 oz at a time when advances in medical science had yet to
make the odds favorable for preemies. She fit in a shoebox kept warm beside her
motherís stove wearing a diaper folded six times.
Three hundred guests attended the wedding with twelve ushers and three flower
girls. There were too many females in the family to choose from for bridesmaids
so they decided not have any rather than slight someone. The reception was held
at the Hotel Lenox in Boston and the first dance, "Always". Fifty-six years later
they have three daughters and a son, five grandchildren and two great-
Phyllis says her husband liked to cook and buy the groceries as well. He said
she took too long. She catered to his wishes. He preferred spaghetti, passing on
other delicious Italian dishes. They never ordered take-out. Richard loves
Sinatra and plays a little harmonica. Phyllis prefers Willy Nelson country and
western. Richard has always proved a hard worker, holding down two jobs to
support a growing family and still contributing now by caring for his ailing
wife Phyllis, a five-year cancer survivor.
Submitted by Candis Jan Stout, 1/22/2012
February 3, 2012