NORTHAMPTON - Edward A. Morin, 80, of Northampton, and Bradenton, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his home in Florida, after a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 5, 1933, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Arthur J. and Agnes (Lamica) Morin. Ed was a lifetime resident of Northampton, until he moved to Florida in 2000 for winter seasons.
He attended the former Annunciation School in Florence, graduating from Northampton High School in 1951, where he lettered on both the football and baseball teams, and was manager of the basketball team.
Ed served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was a proud combat veteran of the Korean War, serving as a heavy-mortar squad leader and attaining the rank of sergeant. He was especially proud to have earned the Combat Infantry Badge.
After returning from military duty, he began his long career in banking at the former Northampton National Bank, attending schools of finance and trust at the School of Banking at Williams College, and the University of New Hampshire.
After 23 years at the Northampton National, he took a position as chief financial officer at the Florence Savings Bank in 1978 and was appointed president in 1986, a position he held until his retirement in September of 1995, after a 40 year banking career.
Over the years, Ed served on a number of city and civic groups. He was honored by the Northampton City Council for his 21 years of service on the Northampton Retirement Board. He also served as treasurer of the Forbes Library for 20 years, retiring from the position in 2000. Ed was a member of the Northampton Development Corporation, the Northampton City Charter Study Commission and Riverside Industries. A director of the Mutual Savings Fund of Massachusetts, Ed had also served in various capacities with the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce, the Northampton Jaycees, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, was a member of Northampton Rotary Club, and a life member of the Elks. Veterans groups Ed belonged to were the V.F.W., the American Legion, the 7th Infantry Division Association and the Korean War Veterans Association.
When he retired, he continued his volunteer work helping with campaigns for the United Way, Forbes Library, the Hampshire Regional YMCA and the Parents Committee of Smith College. Ed served for many years on the Finance Committee of the former Sacred Heart Church in Northampton, where he was also a lector and sang in the church choir.
In his retirement, Ed enjoyed traveling extensively with his wife and friends to numerous countries. An avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, he followed them closely. He also enjoyed spending time with new friends in Florida, golfing, singing in his church choir, reading biographies and novels, and attending as many of his family's events as possible. Trips he especially enjoyed were the "Korea Revisit Program" for combat veterans, sponsored jointly by the Korean War Veterans Association of Korea and the U.S. Korean War Veterans Association. Also, in 2011, he joined a group of local veterans and spouses on a four day trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Northampton Veterans Association, visiting the Capitol and all of the war memorials.
Ed is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rose-Marie (Kirouac) Morin; his son Peter Morin of Bristol, Conn.; his daughter Cam Kelly and her husband Mike of Cary, N.C.; his son David Morin and his wife Susan of Ipswich; and his son Scott Morin of Northampton; as well as his grandchildren Sean, Ryan and Dana Kelly, and Marc and Andrea Morin. He is also survived by his brothers Dr. Bernard A. Morin (Barbara) of Charlottesville, Va., and Pierre (Pete) Morin (Sue Shea) of Savannah, Ga., and his sister Joy Tudryn of Hadley. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
He was deceased by his brother Arthur J. Morin, Jr., (Joyce) of Hastings, Minn.
Calling hours will be Friday, March 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ahearn Funeral Home on Bridge Road in Northampton.
The funeral will be Saturday. March 29, at 9:30 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at the main church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Northampton (former Sacred Heart Church), 99 King St. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ed's memory to the Forbes Library of Northampton, 20 West St., Northampton, MA 01060, or to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 3 Elm St. (Office), Northampton, MA 01060.
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Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 21, 2014