Dover’s ‘cheerleader’ memorialized in corner of the city

Foster’s Daily Democrat
Tuesday, June 12, 2012


For many years, Lorraine Goren could be found working in Farnham’s Department Store in downtown Dover. Working for the family business and working for her beloved City of Dover.

Goren, a long time resident of Dover, died from cancer in 2009, and was memorialized by several hundred people on the Sunday afternoon. Although diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Goren battled the disease continuing to do good works for the city and its residents.

Said her husband Steve, “She never stopped volunteering, what I have come to realize is that through this beautiful garden, she will continue to do what she always did — give of herself by helping others.”

Sunday, the memory of Goren was honored as, just across the Cocheco River from that Farnham’s location, Lorraine’s Corner was dedicated.

In the past year, a concerted effort by many of Lorraine’s friends plus the added support of Amy’s Treat resulted in the creation of the memorial located on the Joe B. Parks Riverwalk, designed and implemented by Bernadette Norton with stonework done by Full Circle Stone Works.

The corner, according to Amy’s Treat board of directors member Lenore Rogers, “Is a quiet place for meditation and healing.”

The garden has two stone benches one inscribed, “Where hope grows and miracles blossom,” and the other, “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”

There is also a stone-meditative-healing well where people may drop inspirational feelings with the inscription, “all nature ministers to hope.”

“Lorraine was special,” said old friend Beth Fisher. “If there was ever a model for volunteerism, she was it. Nobody worked harder and she wasn’t afraid to ask for help with a project.”

Goren was active in all areas of the community having been named, along with her husband, Dover’s Citizen of the Year.

Another longtime friend, Jon Breen, while surveying the assemblage, commented, “This is Lorraine. She was one of a kind.”

In attendance at the brief ceremony were Goren’s husband Steve; their children Dave and Sue; grandchildren, Aaron, Noah, Mathew and Nate.

“This tribute is most fitting,” said daughter Susan, “my mother would have loved to see all these people here in this peaceful place.

According to former City Councilor Gina Cruikshank, “We loved this lady — she made a difference. I helped this go forward when I was on the council and it was one of my proudest moments to have had a small part.”

Connie Roy, a former chair of the Dover Chamber of Commerce, spoke of Lorraine saying, “I found her to be a very giving person, whatever you needed done, she’d do it. She really cared about the City of Dover and its people.”

Mayor Dean Trefethen commented, “This is a very fitting tribute to remember, in this manner, someone who has done so much for our community.”

Dover native son Jack Buckley referred to Lorraine Goren saying, “She was one of my best friends, she loved the city and its people, she was always a cheerleader for Dover and any cause she was involved with.”

Steve Goren read a note from a friend who could not be in attendance, “We have to remind ourselves that Lorraine is not here. I know she is busy with some good work somewhere.”