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James "Jim" Morgia, a lifelong resident of Croton Falls, passed away on August 25, 2013. He was 84.
He was born to the late Lorenzo and Celia (Coviello) Morgia on November 27, 1928.After graduation from High School in Purdys, he want to work on the railroad may 17, 1947. He started on the "old Post", which was later abandoned. He was then transferred to the Harlem division July, 1949, and finished a 50 year career, retiring May 27, 1997.
Drafted January 1951 into the Korean War. He took basic training in Camp Polk, LA. On furlough in May, he married Marie Ellen O'Dell on May 27, 1951. Church services was Mt. Kisco. The reception was held at Somers 19th hole. It had changed hands so many times, and is now the "Burger Bun". Left in June for Japan and more training, and arrived Christmas eve in Korea. Six months in Japan and nine months in Korea and discharged October 21, 1952. Upon discharge, he was furloughed on the R.R. so took to driving a school bus for North Salem, Town of Bedford and Town of Somers, the last 20 years leaving in August 1984.
Jim was predeceased by his wife in August 1984. Also his son Robert James in December 1998 at the age of 40. His four sisters, Fanny Green, Nancy Lopez, Barbara Sanchez and Mary Lou passed before him.
Surviving is his son Lawrence Morgia of Irvine, CA and his wife Negumi and three grandchildren. Daughter-in-law Jennifer Morgia Partehow and her husband Dave and one granddaughter in Boston, MA.
Jim was a life member of VFW Post 672 in Brewster, served in the color guard and did many Brewster parades, until old age caught up with him. Also a past president and member of the Italian American Club in Brewster since 1966 of May. He started monthly dinners in 1972 and still going today.
A Mass burial of Christian burial will be on Thursday August 29, 2013 at St. Joseph's Church, Croton Falls, NY at 10 AM. Interment will follow at St. Josephs Cemetery, Somers, NY. Visitation will be Wednesday August 28, 2013 from 4 PM- 8PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in hi memory may be made to St. Joseph's Church, Croton Falls, NY.
Beecher Funeral Home
1 Putnam Ave
Brewster, NY 10509
Published in the The Journal News on Aug. 28, 2013