Staff members of McManus Lorey Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.
President, Manager & Licensed Funeral Director
Vice-President & Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Funeral Director
Michael J. Gorton, Jr., knew he wanted to be a funeral director at a young age. As a young boy he recalls running around the funeral home after his uncle and godfather, Charles Lorey, wondering what he was doing. He remembers watching hearses pull in the courtyard of Morton Funeral Home in Ridgewood, Queens after funerals.
When Michael was getting ready to choose a college, he knew he wanted to go to school that would give him the best education and put him in the best position to help people. He chose St. John’s University and enrolled in their Mortuary Science program. For four years Michael attended the Queens campus of St. John’s getting his Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service Administration and minoring in Business Administration. One of the years was spent in NYC studying at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Michael graduated in the Spring of 1995 from St. John’s ready to serve those in need.
Following graduation, before Michael could become licensed in the State of New York, he had to do a one year residency in a funeral home. He chose to continue his training at the same funeral home his uncle did, Morton Funeral Home. In the early fall of 1997, Michael was licensed by the State of New York to practice funeral directing.
In February of 1998 he decided to join the family funeral home in Medford, NY and become a director under his aunt and uncle at McManus-Lorey Funeral Home. Michael has cherished his time working under his aunt and uncle, learning the ropes of a family business while giving every family the utmost care and attention that they deserve. No family is alike and Michael prides himself at working to be part of each family that trusts him and McManus-Lorey Funeral Home with the care of their loved one. Michael has always said, “I truly enjoy working with each family to honor their loved one they entrust us to care for. If I can make them feel at ease and perhaps take a burden off of their shoulders, then I have done my service to them at the worst possible time in their lives.
Michael has been involved in the Medford community for a very long time. He has served on community round tables with legislative leaders, he is a past president of Medford Chamber of Commerce.
Michael is also a member and active board member and Suffolk County Rep with the Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association. He serves as Health Facilities liaison as well as co-chairperson on the EDRS Ad Hoc Committee.
Michael is also an active member in the New York State Funeral Directors Association. In 2017, Michael was selected to be apart of the New York State Funeral Directors Association Leadership Academy. He plans on graduating in August at the annual NYSFDA Convention.
Michael lives in Rocky Point, with his wife, Melissa and their son, Gabe. Michael is involved in his community at home where he serves as President of the North Shore Beach Association, Den Leader for the Wolf Scouts in Pack 244.
In Michael’s free time he enjoys days at the beach in Rocky Point, cooking BBQ for friends and family, relaxing in his backyard and drinking local craft beer and local wine.