Earlier this year, shortly after we went into global lock downs for the coronavirus I noticed that my friend and almost constant visitor to Fotozones, Mike Gorman, was no longer logging in to the site. This was obviously very alarming to me because not seeing Mike active on FZ was not normal. I sent him an email but heard nothing back.
Weeks passed and there was still no sign of Mike. I asked Anthony Macaulay who had previously met up with Mike for photography outings in London if he had any idea what might have happened, so Anthony did what he could to see if he could get hold of him. Eventually after some time Anthony discovered that Mike had been admitted to hospital, not for Covid19, but for treatment of brain cancer. Sadly there was no positive outlook for Mike as the prognosis was terminal.
Weeks stretched to months and through Anthony's help I managed to get some text messages to Mike, who had in the interim managed to log in here once, but then must have forgotten his password. I tried to reset this for him manually but it must have been very difficult for Mike in his condition to follow the instructions and he was unable to gain access using whatever device he had with him.
A couple of days ago I asked Anthony if he had heard anything more from Mike and he said he would try and send him an email. News back from Mike's daughter was that he had passed away on the 20th of October.
I remember when Mike first joined up on the old Nikongear site back in 2008. The forum had only been going for a couple of years at the time, but it was really very rowdy with thousands of active members. Mike took an active role and almost immediately got into trouble with the moderators we had at the time for saying something that somebody didn't agree with. My first thought was that we may have inherited yet another problematic member because he didn't take kindly to the moderation at all (who ever does, right?), but once I explained what had transpired he shrugged it off and in his own charming way said something like "Hey-ho, that's OK". From that moment on he and I got along pretty well.
Over the years Mike suffered from some serious GAS. I mean, he changed camera systems three times in the last few years and every time he did he went into his new system thoroughly, making sure he bought the best of everything available. From Nikon to Fujifilm, to Micro Four Thirds and then back to Nikon. I reckon his local camera shop is probably mourning his departure quite badly. Sorry, bad humour, I know. He also loved his Apple gadgets and of course his neighbourhood feral cat, Dave. Over the years we saw many images of Dave as Mike took care of him.
One of the things that will stick with me about Mike is his penchant for photographing Mini cars. We saw many of them from Mike and so I encourage members to not only use this Memorial area to post images of your own Mini sightings, but also of anything that reminds you of our dear friend Mike Gorman.
RIP, Mike. I will miss you.