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Thomas James Morrison
December 18, 1933 - August 13, 2014
Mountain View
Thomas "Tom" James Morrison, age 80, passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California on Wednesday, August 13. The cause was respiratory failure.
Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1933 to Clifford and Elizabeth (Leaman) Morrison, at the age of six, Tom went to live and attend school at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey Pennsylvania. After graduating, he served a tour of duty as an army private in Mannheim, Germany. Returning to the States, he attended Millersville State College in Pennsylvania and graduated in 1960 with a degree in Industrial Arts. That same year he married Patricia Mae Smith.
Tom went on to enjoy a successful career in production management in the aluminum industry, beginning with Alcoa Howmet in Lancaster and followed by five years with Crown Aluminum in Roxboro, North Carolina. He and his family relocated to Riverside, California in 1974, where he ultimately retired as the Vice President of Manufacturing from Luxfer Gas Cylinders. In 2000, he and Patricia moved to Mountain View to be near their daughters.
Tom served on both the Roxboro and Riverside chambers of commerce, where he specialized in legislative affairs. He served on the board of directors for the United Way while living in Riverside and was active in the Lions Club and the VFW in Palo Alto. He enjoyed golfing, riding his motorcycle and never turned down an invitation to play poker.
Tom will be remembered for his commitment to family, his kindness to others, and his warm and generous heart.
Tom is survived by his wife Patricia; his daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Richard Hawes; his daughter and son-in-law Susan and Nicholas Bowerman; his grandchildren Alexandra and Christopher Hawes; his brother Jere Morrison, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Clifford Morrison.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 pm, Saturday, August 23rd at the home of Kathy and Richard Hawes at 2736 Ramos Ct. in Mountain View, California.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 19, 2014
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