- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

“Leon was a larger-than-life figure in my world growing up. He was my dad, yet his life was closely intertwined with the company he built, nurtured and loved. Not surprisingly, the personality traits that describe our company fit my Dad to a tee. Honest, trustworthy, dependable, loyal, friendly, an experienced guide, sense of humor, respectful, outdoor oriented, authentic, vigorous, and environmentally aware.”

- Jennifer Wilson, Gorman’s daughter

“He was a boss, mentor, coach, community leader, dear friend and inspiration. Most importantly, he was the most decent human being you would ever want to meet. We will all miss him greatly.”

- Chris McCormick, L.L. Bean president and CEO

“Leon Gorman was a great American who loved the state of Maine and built an iconic brand in L.L. Bean. His visionary leadership of the company created thousands of good jobs for Mainers. Along with his wife, Lisa, Leon was an extraordinarily generous contributor to countless causes including educational institutions and conservation organizations, reflecting his belief in our state’s future and his determination to preserve its legacy.”

- U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

“We’re incredibly grateful for Leon Gorman’s lifelong commitment to protecting the Maine that we all love. Without Leon, Maine wouldn’t be the place it is today environmentally and economically. His extremely successfully business defines Maine for people around the world. When people think of Maine, they think of L.L. Bean: a place to get your gear and get out in nature.”

- Lisa Pohlmann, executive director, Natural Resources Council of Maine

“Leon was a wonderful man and a gifted leader whose steady hand and pioneering vision helped transform L.L. Bean into the remarkable success it is today, and he did so while remaining true to the company’s values and firmly rooted in the traditions and spirit of his beloved state. Above all else, Leon was defined by - and will be remembered for - his unmatched generosity of heart, his unwavering commitment to the people of our state, and his deep and abiding love for all that is Maine.”

- U.S. Sen. Angus King

“Through his visionary leadership, Leon imbued the iconic L.L. Bean with a set of values that embodied not only the standards he established for himself, but ones that reflect the very soul of Maine: honesty, integrity, respectfulness toward others, and never taking shortcuts when it comes to quality and craftsmanship. As a result L.L. Bean today is not just a legendary corporate brand but an emblem and trademark of excellence - just like Leon. It is a worldwide model of what companies should be and what people who lead them ought to be.”

- Former Sen. Olympia Snowe

“Leon Gorman believed deeply in the value of education and in the people of Maine. Through his commitment to public service and to others, Leon created a legacy that will help our students and our state for generations to come.”

- Jane Phillips, president of Maine’s community colleges

“With the death of Leon Gorman, Maine has lost a true visionary, business leader and philanthropist. Leon was dedicated to Maine and all that is good about our state.”

- Former Gov. John McKernan

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