Manuel Gorriaran Jr.
Manuel Gorriaran Jr., a resident of Warwick, RI peacefully passed away with his loving family by his side after a battle with dementia and Lewy Body disease on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Manuel Gorriaran Jr. was born of Cuban parents, Alicia and Manuel Gorriaran, in Providence, RI in 1938. Growing up in Cuba and the United States, Manny attended Providence Country Day, Brown University, University of RI and Bryant College. Better known as Manny, he was a star athlete winning multiple state championships in Wrestling, Bowling and Tennis. He also won several championships in tennis and golf during his adult life. Due to his athletic success he was inducted into the Rhode Island Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Providence Country Day Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. Manny touched many lives through his community involvement and generosity, bringing distinction to the State of Rhode Island and our nation. For his contributions, he has been recognized by Governor Sundlun, Governor Almond and Senator John Chafee. He was also recognized by the United States Olympic Committee in 1996 for promoting the Spirit of Americanism and enduring good will through the Olympic Games. As a community leader, Manny was active in many community organizations and serving as a President of the RI Heritage Hall of Fame from 1991 through 2000 and one of the initial partners of the proposed Heritage Harbor Museum. Professionally he was Vice President, President and then Chairman of Hook-Fast Specialties, Inc., a family-owned jewelry manufacturing company based in Providence. Manny will leave us with many lasting memories including sharing his love for photography, travel, architecture, music and sports to name a few. Manny is survived by his loving wife, Miriam (Salabert) Gorriaran and sons Michael, Steven, Daniel and Alexis Gorriaran as well as his daughter Tanya Gorriaran-Goodwin along with ten grandchildren. To the end he was a fighter that did not want to leave us. He is onto his next journey and his legacy will be carried on. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 5 to 8pm in THE URQUHART-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 800 Greenwich Avenue, Route 5, Warwick (Exit 12A on I-95). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00 am in St. Gregory The Great Church, 360 Cowesett Road, Warwick followed by a committal ceremony at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Providence, RI. The Gorriaran Family would like to acknowledge and thank all the dedicated caretakers at South Bay Horizon and Beacon Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047 or online www.lbda.org/go/donate. www.murphyfuneralhomes.org