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Thomas Robert Gormley Jr., 61, of Winchester, beloved husband of Jennifer Kief Gormley, passed away February 16, 2015, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.  A native of Lima, OH, he was born April 27, 1953, to the late Thomas Robert Gormley Sr., and Jane Kutchback Gormley. Thomas was a member of the Christian faith, a United States Navy Vietnam War Veteran, a graduate from the University of Cincinnati, and the President and CEO of Hurst Office Suppliers. He was instrumental on a number of boards but his greatest passion was for Independent Stationers. He grew many dear friendships while serving over a 20 year period.  

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Meghan (Chad) Leeds; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Robert (Bevin) Gormley III; daughter, Elizabeth Jane Gormley;  granddaughter, Addisson; sister, Vicki Gormley; brother-in-law, Fred Mussman; sister, Patricia Sarver; brother and sister-in-law, Lane (Gretchen) Gormley; and brother and sister-in-law, Kenn (Judy) Gormley.

Memorial services will be Monday, February 23, 2015, at 12 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 24 E. Hickman St., Winchester, with Rev. Jerry Johns presiding.  The family will receive friends on Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Robert “TR” Gormley III, Chad Leeds, Craig Bartholomew, Jeffrey S. Browning, James Fluty II, Robert Fraraccio, Richard Reece Glenn Jr., Kenn Gormley, Lane Gormley, Charles L. Harman III, Herbert W. Kief, William G. Kief, Joseph Lanham, “Buster” Miller, Fred Mussman, Bruce Radcliffe, M. Alex Rowady II, David Service, and Marvin Thorn.  Contributions may be made to the Clark County Homeless Coalition, the Thomas R. Gormley Veteran Fund, P.O. Box 4692, Winchester, KY 40392.

As IS #15, Tom has long been a valued member and group contributor.  As long as IS staff can remember, Tom has been a part of one committee or the board of directors in some capacity, either as a participating member or an adviser.  He served many different terms on the merchandising committee, the national accounts steering council, and the marketing committee, as well as two terms on the IS Board of Directors, elected to the office of Corporate Secretary for most of those years.

A letter from Hope Hurst Lanham, CEO of Hurst, to customers contained this remembrance:  "Tom has been in the office products industry most of his life.  My dad, Richard Hurst brought him to Lexington to run the Hurst operations in 1988.  In fact, Tom told me the story that when he came to Lexington to see about taking the general manager position at Hurst, he never saw the actual Hurst facility.  My dad had him to his home & hired him there, saying “You don’t need to see it”.  Hurst is blessed that Tom went on faith that Hurst was the right place for him.  After the death of my dad in July 2011, Tom continued as he had in the years before to lead our company into the future.  In the many years and capacities I have worked with Tom I have been shown over and over again his extreme love for Hurst, this industry and his family."