MORRIS WORMAN: 1930-2010; Iconic Deli and Bakery's Co-Owner the 79-Year-Old Started at His Parents' Deli at Age 5; Later Becoming Baker

By Kerr, Jessie-Lynne | The Florida Times Union, June 30, 2010 | Go to article overview

MORRIS WORMAN: 1930-2010; Iconic Deli and Bakery's Co-Owner the 79-Year-Old Started at His Parents' Deli at Age 5; Later Becoming Baker


Kerr, Jessie-Lynne, The Florida Times Union


Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

Morris Worman, co-owner of the well-known downtown bakery and delicatessen that closed last August, died Sunday at the Hadlow Center of Caring of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. He was 79 and died of multiple physical causes after several years of declining health.

Memorialization was by cremation.

The Jacksonville native's Polish immigrant parents went into business in 1923. Mr. Worman grew up around the family home on 20th Street and started hanging out at his parents' Broad Street business, Worman's Bakery & Deli, at age 5 after school. He helped at the store, eventually learning to become a baker. He began to work full-time there after graduating from Andrew Jackson High School.

Mr. Worman worked at the original Broad Street location and a branch deli and restaurant in San Marco.

"He was the baker," said his wife of 37 years, Linda H. Worman. His favorite bread to bake was seeded rye, she said.

"And he made the wedding cakes," she said. His most elaborate was a four-tiered cake with a fountain and six satellite cakes. Understandably, it was a challenge to get it safely delivered to the reception site in St. Augustine.

"In his prime, he made some lovely wedding cakes," recalled his sister and business partner, Pearl Worman Leibowitz-Sederbaum.

"Morris handled people so well," his sister said. "He had such a nice quiet way of dealing with people, just that manner that put people at ease. And they came back time and time again. Every customer of his was a friend. …

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