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John Joseph Morrison

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John Joseph Morrison of Coatesville John Joseph Morrison passed away on Jan. 6, 2013, at the age of 95. John was born in Newark, N.J. on Aug. 23, 1917. He attended high school in Bloomfield, N.J. and graduated in 1939 from Union College in Schnectady, N.Y. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In his sophomore year of college, John met Marion Kiep and they married in 1942. They lived in Westfield, N.J. for 10 years and had three children, John, Jr. (Jake), Robert James (Bob), and Sarah Ann (Sally). The family moved to Pleasantville, N.Y. in 1952 where their fourth child, Virginia Ruth (Gigi), was born. While living in Pleasantville, John sang in the church choir for 25 years at St. John's Episcopal Church. He had a beautiful tenor voice. He also enjoyed sailing his small sloop on the Hudson River, where he taught his children how to sail. In 1977 John retired from sales in the metal finishing business and he and Marion moved to Beaufort, S.C. They bought a home on a tidal creek and enjoyed the warm weather and beautiful view for 15 years. In 1992 John and Marion moved north to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They lived in West Chester, and eventually moved to a retirement community in Coatesville. In his retirement, John enjoyed writing and his wonderful sense of humor was displayed in his letters to family and friends and in the journals he wrote when he traveled. He was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to opera and classical music. John is survived by his wife, Marion; his sons, John and Robert; his daughters, Sarah and Virginia; and his seven grandchildren, James, Emma, Kate, Daniel, John Andrew, Libby, and Nick. John was a kind and loving man. He often expressed his love and appreciation for his wife, his family, and his good life. We are all grateful for the lifetime of good memories he has left behind for us. A small, private memorial service was held on Jan. 10, in Coatesville. Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Freedom Village at Brandywine Scholarship Fund, Inc. or to .

Published in The Daily Local on Jan. 28, 2013
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