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A Mass of Christian Burial for William J. Gorman III, 55, a longtime public-affairs officer for the Buffalo district office of the Internal Revenue Service, was to be offered at 9 this morning in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.

Gorman died Saturday (Aug. 22, 1998) in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness.

Gorman was chief spokesman for the Buffalo District office of the IRS, which covered the 32 counties of the Western and Central New York regions.

As public-affairs officer, he worked closely with radio, television and print media to develop programs that would help taxpayers better understand their tax obligations.

In 1986, Gorman was appointed chief of the Taxpayer Service Division, making him responsible for providing assistance to taxpayers in IRS offices across the state, in addition to managing a toll-free telephone answering site. Under his direction, the site grew from an operation of 80 employees to one with 500 employees answering calls from across the country.

A native of Buffalo, Gorman was a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and Canisius College.

He served two years of active duty as a lieutenant in the Army while stationed in Germany. It was there that he met and married his wife of 31 years, Jane Anne Dunlop Gorman.

Upon his return to the United States, Gorman became a popular teacher at Bishop Timon High School, where he taught English for five years.

He was also a former officer of the St. John the Evangelist Credit Union and was an active member of Queen of Heaven Parish.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, William J. IV, Patrick M., Matthew D. and Ryan T.; three daughters, Courtney A., Sarah E. and Emily C.; his mother, Elizabeth; three sisters, Beth Colon and Ann Mathias, both of Buffalo, and Margie Danahy of Bradenton, Fla.; and a brother, Paul of Olney, Md.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.

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