George A. "Gig" Morris
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AGE: 90 • Belmar
On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, George A. "Gig" Morris, 90, passed into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with his two daughters by his side. Born in the farmhouse of the Morris Farm in Neptune City, he lived at the Jersey Shore for his entire life. His strong work ethic, humor and empathetic nature created many enduring friendships and associations.
Belmar was his hometown and in 1943 he graduated from Manasquan High School where he was a star basketball player on the first MHS team to win the Shore Conference 1940-41. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he married the love of his life, Ruth Streeter Morris. Together they founded and operated the "Gig Morris Flower Shop" from 1955 to 1980. He was an excellent grower who produced bountiful crops of mums and poinsettias in his greenhouses. At home, he enjoyed gardening, annually harvesting Jersey tomatoes that he loved to share.
In 1980, Gig began a successful career in real estate sales most recently with The Folk Agency where he was an active GRI Realtor. Gig loved working with people and they loved him. He enjoyed many happy days visiting friends with his wife Ruth at the local establishments. Gig was a Past Master of Ocean Lodge # 89 F. & A. M. (1966).
An avid sports fan, he followed his favorite football and basketball teams, usually rooting for the underdog. Local athletes were of particular interest and he looked forward to attending their games. He appreciated fine automobiles and driving. His many pets were very dear to him.
Predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth "Jim" Wilkens and Alexander Morris, and his sister, Evelyn Morris Fryer who always called him "Brother".
A loving father, he is survived by his daughter, Nancy R. Califano and Andy Meuerle; his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Paul Chowansky; his granddaughters, Rebecca Herbert and her husband Lance, Jill Johnson and her husband Tim, Laura Chowansky and her fiancé David DiPietro; his great-grandchildren, Timothy James, Hunter Paul, Colin Michael, and Benjamin William Johnson, Ella Angeline, Renee Julianne, and Landon Gregory Herbert; a nephew, Scott M. Streeter, as well as many close friends including the Breakfast Club of the MHS class of '43.
The coincidence was not lost on his family when the future King of England was named George Alexander.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. & 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 and from 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 until the time of the funeral service at 10 a.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle. For more information or to send condolences, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.
O'Brien Funeral Home
2028 Highway 35 at New Bedford Road Wall, NJ 07719
Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 29, 2014