Sally MacGorman

Obituary of Sally MacGorman

Warren, NJ - Sally Ann MacGorman, 83, passed away on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 in her NJ home. In her final weeks, she was surrounded by so much love from family and friends from all over, including some that traveled to see her from her beloved state of Maine. She was born in Williamsport, PA to the late Dorance and Helen Frymire. After meeting and marrying her high school sweetheart, Edward MacGorman, Sally then moved to North Plainfield, NJ where she raised her family. She was an active member of Hydewood Park Baptist Church in North Plainfield until they retired to York, Maine in 1993.

While in York, Maine, Sally was an active member of the York Street Baptist Church and served as secretary on the Executive Council for The Nubble Lighthouse’s Sohier Park Committee. She was a volunteer at the Nubble House Gift Shop for many years and was also a great advertisement for the Nubble, as evident in her pictures, clothing, and home décor. Sally was a collector of all things Nubble Lighthouse and loved sharing her passion with others. When living in York, she drove past the lighthouse each and every day and never tired of seeing it lit up for Christmas. Sally and her husband Ed became fixtures around York and were always happy to share their home with anyone in need of friendship or interested in experiencing the beauty of the Nubble. They were well-known around town, especially at the Lobster Cove Restaurant on Long Sand Beach where they ate a meal almost daily. To be friends with Sally and Ed was to be like family.


Whether Sally lived in North Plainfield or York, she was also well known for her famous homemade peanut brittle and her love of Christmas. Decorating began at the end of October so that she could enjoy the lights of the Christmas tree and decorations for months on end. She was known for having many holiday gatherings each and every year, no matter where she resided. Sally made sure Christmas was always a magical time at her home.

Sally was a proud member of the York Breast Cancer Survivors group for many years. She was very passionate about raising money, collecting donations, and registering participants for the “Walk for the Cure” in York every year. She was a proud survivor and loved being able to help raise awareness and fight for a cure.


Sally was preceded in death last November, by her husband of 63 years, Edward MacGorman. She is leaving behind her daughter, Debra Garnecki, and husband, John, of Callawassie Island, SC, her two sons, Douglas MacGorman, and wife, Beverly, of Warren, NJ and David MacGorman and wife, Donna, of Howell, NJ. She is also survived by 7 loving grandchildren and 7 treasured great grandchildren. Her brother, Dorance “Sonny” Frymire Jr., and his wife, Peggy, predeceased her. She leaves behind a legacy of love and memories that will be cherished forever.

A memorial service with family and friends will be held in York, Maine at a future date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacons Fund at the York Street Baptist Church, 61 York St; York, Maine, 03909.


On September 9, 2018 Sally was honored at The Chelsea as  a special Grandparent.  If you have time to read this essay written by her granddaughter Kristen:

Christmas Magic at the Mac Gorman’s

Every year, the day after Thanksgiving (sometimes even before!), my Grandma and Grandpa would begin decking out their house in all things Christmas, even down to the dishes and towels. The house would be covered in red and green. Everywhere you looked were twinkly lights and glowing Christmas villages. Christmas music was always playing, and our favorite Christmas movies were on repeat.


Christmas tradition also meant it was time to make my Grandma’s special peanut brittle recipe. Every year my brother and I would sit on the kitchen counters in their cozy kitchen and help mix up batches of brittle, just waiting for the moment we could crack it and eat it together. The smell and taste of peanut brittle will always transport me back to Christmas at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Christmas will always be a little more special to me because of my Grandparent’s ability to create such treasured Christmas magic


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