Kerry Gorton, a charismatic and courageous soul whose life was a testament to loyalty and service, was born on October 1, 1944, in Norwalk, Connecticut. Throughout his 78 years of life, Kerry's magnetic personality and unending kindness left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. As Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Kerry truly lived this maxim, dedicating his life to serving others, whether it was through his work at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or his unwavering commitment to the Catholic Church and the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington, VA. He was honored with the Presidential Service Award for Volunteerism during the Obama Administration. \n\nFor many years, Kerry was the main event producer and audio-visual specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture, and in his role as emcee became known as 'the voice' of the USDA before retiring in 2013. Past Presidents, Hollywood stars, and elected officials all relied on Kerry to run their events with military precision. His groundbreaking work and relentless dedication not only made a difference within the walls of the USDA's Washington D.C. office but also resonated across the country. However, his love for service did not end with his professional career. \n\nKerry found immense fulfillment in volunteering at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More. From chaperoning the youth group to leading the Usher Ministry and engaging with the Knights of Columbus, Kerry's devotion to his faith was a beacon of light to those around him. Kerry served in the Knights of Columbus leading his Council as Grand Knight, serving as District Deputy, and State Liaison to the Diocese as well as earning his Fourth Degree and serving as Faithful Navigator for the Commodore John Berry Assembly. This same light shone brightly during his time in Vietnam, where he served his country courageously in the Army earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Marksman Award. \n\nKerry was a loving and dedicated husband to Donna Gorton for 58 years and a devoted father to his daughters, Tracy Cullen (husband William Cullen) and Tiffany Asha (husband Karl Asha). He was a man who treasured his family and his faith above all else. \n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents Amos and Marguerite Gorton, brothers Ronald Gorton and Leland (Bill) Gorton, and sister Andrea (Faith) Gorton. Kerry is survived by his wife Donna Gorton, Daughters Tracy Cullen and Tiffany Asha, brothers Geoffrey Gorton and Gregory Gorton. Kerry's legacy of love, courage, and service will continue to inspire those who knew him. \n\nA Funeral Mass in honor of Kerry will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 10:00 am EDT at the Nativity Catholic Church in Burke, VA, followed by a Military Honors and Committal Service at 12:00 pm EDT at the Fairfax Memorial Park, Garden of the Crucifix, in Fairfax, VA. A reception will be held by his family at 1:00 pm EDT at the home of Tracy and Will Cullen. For those who wish to donate in lieu of sending flowers the family recommends the INOVA Schar Cancer Institute: https://support.inova.org/page/3749/donate/1?locale=en-US \n\nWe encourage everyone who knew and loved Kerry to share fond memories and upload photos to the memorial page. Through shared stories and photographs, we keep Kerry's spirit alive and celebrate the remarkable life he led. As we remember Kerry, let us all be inspired by his example of living by faith and leading with love.