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John O. MORRIS Obituary


John O. Morris, 95, of Bloomfield and formerly of West Hartford, beloved husband of Bernardine (Day) Morris and Mary "Mollie" (Newton) Morris, died peacefully, Friday, (March 28, 2014) at Hartford Hospital. He was surrounded by family singing his favorite songs and an incredibly compassionate hospital staff. Born in New York City, son of the late Ray and Katharine (Grinnell) Morris he spent his professional career as an attorney and then as a consultant on plain language to the Federal Government. He authored "Make Yourself Clear" McGraw-Hill, 1972. He received his BA from Yale University in 1941 and his law degree from University of Virginia. He was admitted to the Bar in both CT and NY. During WWII, John served as a Lt Commander of the US Navy in the South Pacific. He lived in West Hartford for many years before moving to the Duncaster community in Bloomfield in 1990 where he and Mollie enjoyed happy, social and productive years. John particularly enjoyed his long-time position as editor of the Duncaster resident magazine, The Thistle, and continued to write until his death. Always enthusiastic about new ventures and possibilities, John was an original founder and director of Stratton Mountain where his children enjoyed decades of skiing. He had an insatiable thirst for life, knowledge and opportunity. His computer was his link to the world and affectionately known as his mistress. A staunch Democrat, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Luzon Morris, a Governor of CT, John believed passionately in government as a catalyst for positive change. Always deeply optimistic, he acted on his beliefs: just days before his death, he completed a testimony on Aid in Dying to be presented at the State Capital. He was a change agent and impatient to improve the world. A beautiful writer, with a heart full of empathy and a mind full of strong opinions and humor, John also adored his Vermont Country Store cookies and maple syrup - stuffed into any drawer available. His zest for life carries on with his son Bob Morris and his wife Sue of CA; daughter Deene Morris and her husband Dale Thielert of Canton; daughter Kate and husband Pat Fennell of Bloomfield, stepson Craig and wife Connie Pratt of FL; two grandchildren, Devin and wife Jessica Pratt of FL; Lianna Pratt of FL, and his nearly-granddaughter Karin Eichelman of MA. There follows a long list of nieces, nephews and extended family equally cherished but too numerous to mention. John loved and thrived in the Duncaster Community. His family is deeply grateful for the kindness and humor with which the Caleb staff and administration supported his fierce independence. He leaves so many dear friends at Duncaster including his best friend and thought-partner, Peter Libassi. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Community Room at Duncaster, 30 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield. Contributions may be made to either the Duncaster Foundation or Asylum Hill Congregational Church. The Carmon Funeral Home of Avon is caring for the arrangements. For condolences or directions please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com


Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 31, 2014
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