Funeral arrangements announced for Lawrence K. Doody, father of former Tollway Executive Director & Commissioner Liz Gorman
Live streaming Mass will be held Friday, January 7th at 3:00 p.m. until time of Mass 5:00 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave, Chicago
Former Illinois Tollway Executive Director and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Gorman, announced the passing of her father Lawrence K. Doody on Sunday, December 26, 2021, surrounded by his family. Gorman’s father was retired from the Chicago Fire Department and a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134.
“My dad was the hardest working, family first man who always showed up to help those who needed it,” reminisced Gorman.
“He prioritized education for his children and gave us opportunities which he didn’t have. He had a quick wit and one-liners that were both humorous and meaningful. He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him.”
Doody was the devoted husband of Carolyn, nee Hamer, for 60 years. He was the loving father of Larry (Connie Murphy) Doody, Elizabeth “Liz” (Gerald) Gorman, Daniel Doody, and Debbie (Dennis) Furlong. Proud Papa of Riley, Conor, Liam, Shane, Brendan, Matthew, Denny, and Joey, lovingly taken in by Liz and Gerry Gorman.
Doody was the cherished son of the late Edward and Anne, nee King, and dear brother of Anne (late James) Marshall, late Mary (late James) Logan, and Edward (Lil) Doody. Beloved son-in-law of the late Arthur J. and Agnes “Betty,” nee Schevers, Hamer; Dear brother-in-law of Barb (Frank) Pinn, late Artie Hamer, Don (late Geri) (Bernadette) Hamer, Liz (John) O’Connor, and Frank Hamer; Loving uncle to all in the Marshall, Logan, Doody, Pinn, and O’Connor families.
Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, January 7th at 3:00 p.m. until time of Mass 5:00 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave, Chicago, IL.
A live stream of the Mass is available by using this link: https://www.asimplestreaming.com/lkdoody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Misericordia Heart of Mercy, www.misericordia.com, using Family Reference #3294B.
Gorman reflected on her father’s presence in Beverly. “My dad was the official electrician of the neighborhood when anyone could call at any time and he showed up,” explained Gorman.
“Dad was the neighborhood lookout guard before we had neighborhood watch programs. He knew just about everyone in the neighborhood, and he kept an eye on his neighbors. He was also an avid sports fan of his kids and grandsons and could be seen behind home plate for many softball and baseball games. Dad would strategically sit behind home plate being critical of every ball and strike—a real nightmare for any Umpire,” added Gorman. “It won’t be the same without him but I’m grateful for every moment we shared.”
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