A well-known father and local business owner died in a motorcycle accident near the Ocoee. Forty-six year-old John Gorman was killed while riding his motorcycle on Highway 64 in Polk County. Gorman owned the popular restaurant the Ocoee Dam Deli and Diner, one of the only places to eat in that part of Polk County.  

For the last 13 years, he dedicated his life to the deli so the community had a place to eat and unwind.

The Ocoee Dam Deli and Dinner opened its doors for business about 12 hours after losing its owner John Gorman in a motorcycle crash. “I am going to miss having him to talk about life with,” said his best friend Angelo Giansante.

Friends packed the restaurant, to show support to the Gorman family, his best friend Angelo Giansante was one of the first customers to arrive when the doors opened. “Realize we are here to help each other. He would help anywhere there was a hole or a missing spot he would try and fill it.”

Gorman was not only an icon in the community for his popular restaurant, but also for his commitment to his church and ministry work. “He would minister to the river guides, he would minister to his employees, minister to the kids on the soccer team. He didn't waste an opportunity there for that.”

When he wasn't working inside the deli's kitchen, or teaching bible studies, Gorman spent his free time riding his motorcycle. “It was a way for him to get away and take a little break. That was his one little thing for himself.”

The father of four will be missed by Polk County residents and tourist visiting the area. But the people who will feel this impact the most, is his family. They hope he is remembered for his big heart and loving personality. “I hope his legacy is for people, if you want to do something, you need to do it. Don't wait. If it’s risky, take a risk and try it. And love people. That is his biggest legacy, he loved people.”

Friends said the best way the community can help the Gorman family is by coming to the deli to eat.