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Ernest “Buck” Gormley Jr., age 72, of Gloucester, a U.S. Army veteran, died at his home May 8, 2018.

Mr. Gormley retired from Camp Perry, Yorktown. For most of his adult life, Buck was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in New Jersey. He helped with the new construction of Battery Park City, Manhattan, in the 1980s and ’90s.

He had a strong work ethic which meant leaving for work before the sun rose, taking a long commute, and arriving back home well into the evening. Additionally, he loved hunting and fishing and often spent his free time in these pursuits. As a lover of dogs, he could often be seen doting on his pets. His favorite breed was Labrador Retriever and he always had one at his side.

An avid outdoorsman, Buck often spent his time in the woods appreciating nature and enjoying the quietude of being alone. But he also loved being around his friends and family and often entertained guests at home, where he could be the life of the party.

 Survivors include his wife, Lynn Pauline Fletcher Gormley; son, Ernest Gormley III of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina; daughter, Paula Gormley of Greensboro, North Carolina; sister, Judy Dilorenzo of Walton, New York; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.  

Inurnment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery.  

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, P.O. Box 385, Gloucester, Va. 23061.

Arrangements under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.