A ‘generous’ and ‘bigger than life’ Stockport lawyer who helped set up a blind golf tournament has died.
Peter Gorvin, founder of Gorvin’s Solicitors, died at the age of 77 on Friday, October 29th.
Throughout his life, Peter, from Romiley, shared his time between work, support for community projects – and his 50-year passion for horse racing.
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As a tribute, Peter’s son Mike said his father ‘fit in very well right down to the last’.
Mike told Manchester Evening News: “He was very involved in charity here. He created the British Blind Golf Championships, which were in Bramhall at one point. “
Talking to MEN in 2005, Peter himself explained that he decided to set up the blind golf tournament after meeting the blind English international golfer Peter Hodgkinson at the Bramhall Golf Club in Stockport.
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“I guided Peter when he finished second at the World Championships in 1991. It got me interested in blind golf. So we started a little competition and it grew into the British Blind Golf Championship,” he explained.
And the golf championships were not the only example of his father’s charitable spirit, Mike added.
“He was very generous in his time and used to help someone. There are many, many people in business and friends that he would help,” he said.
“He was a bigger than life character and he was known for his laugh. You knew if he was in the building.
‘He certainly brought life into the room. He lived his life to the fullest. “
Peter started his law firm back in 1972 with only two employees.
Now the company has more than 100 employees and 16 partners and is still headquartered in the center of Stockholm.
Mike said the company name adorned a number of Stockport institutions in his youth.
“I remember as a teenager you could not get into a taxi without our name on it,” he said.
“It used to stand in the stands in Edgeley Park.”
Peter retired from the business about 20 years ago and decided to spend more of his time developing his interest in horse racing – where he had a ‘big impact’, according to Mike.
Peter Gorvin, founder of Gorvin’s Solicitors, died at the age of 77 on Friday, October 29th. He leaves behind his wife Val, four children and two grandchildren.
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