Morgan Porteus
1917 - 2019
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The Right Rev. Morgan Porteus, the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, died peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at his home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA surrounded by his loving family. He was 102 years old. Son of the late Robert William and Ruth Morgan Porteus, he was born August 10, 1917 in Hartford, CT. His paternal grandfather was Robert Porteus, a well-known building contractor in Hartford with the Porteus-Walker Company. His maternal grandfather, Frederick Morgan, was a tobacco merchant in Windsor, CT, and a CT state representative. Morgan moved with his family to Windsor, CT in 1920 where his mother's family, the Morgans, have lived since the early 1800s. He was predeceased by his sister, Martha Louise Porteus of Windsor, CT. As a boy, Morgan attended public schools in Windsor and graduated in 1941 from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. He received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Having been accepted as a Postulant for Holy Order in the Episcopal Diocese of CT, he attended the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, and graduated in 1943. Morgan was ordained a deacon in 1943 and an Episcopal priest in 1944 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT, where as a boy he sang in the choir. He considered the Cathedral to be the heart of his life and ministry. After serving as curate in 1943 at Trinity Church, Torrington, CT, he accepted a call to be rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Cheshire, CT in 1944, where he served for 27 years. In 1971, he was elected as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of CT. In 1976, he was elected Coadjutor Bishop, and in 1977 he was ordained the 11th Bishop of the Diocese at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT. In 1957, Morgan co-founded the Chapel of St. James the Fisherman in Wellfleet, MA, where he served as priest-in-charge for 18 years. He served as a member of the Standing Liturgical Commission of the National Episcopal Church for eight years until the 1979 Prayer Book was compiled and approved by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He retired in 1981, moved to Cape Cod, MA, and became an assisting Bishop in the Massachusetts Episcopal Diocese; a position he held until 2009. He was married in 1944 to Martha A. Walsh of Lowell, MA, the mother of his three sons. After the dissolution of this relationship, he married Rev. Joan Cottrel in 1988, and they have since been divorced. Morgan is survived by his three sons and their families: Rev. Christopher Porteus and his wife Rev. Beverly Porteus of Elkton, MD, Jonathan Porteus and his wife Nancy of South Wellfleet, MA, Milton Porteus of Windsor, CT, and seven grandchildren: Emily, Kate, Benjamin, Andrew, Eric, Linsey, and Sarah. Morgan was an avid fly-fisherman, gardener, and photographer with a deep love of Cape Cod and its natural beauty. A memorial service and internment will be held in the summer of 2020 at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Chapel in Wellfleet, MA. An additional graveside memorial and internment will be held at First Church Cemetery in Windsor, CT. Dates to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of one's choice. For online condolences please visit:

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Published in Hartford Courant on Dec. 20, 2019.
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December 20, 2019
We had lunch with Morgan the last two years and he was amazing.
The restaurant people knew him well and knew what he wanted before we sat down .We would reminisce and Morgan's memory was sharp. Then we would go back to his home and reminisce some more.
It's been 54 years since we first met Morgan and became Episcopalians at St. Peter's in Cheshire.
He was a great guy and will be missed by many.
Ralph Turley
December 19, 2019
Bishop Porteus, the very Best.
Remembering now what an outstanding, strong, righteous leader he was in CT. And this photo, a true classic. Thanks.
I extend to all family and loved ones, my sincere condolences.
Peace and Love,
Sally Dengenis
Sally Dengenis
December 17, 2019
I had an amazing visit with him and rev David Cannon three summers back. It was a joy to witness the derp friendship of these great men together who loved each other and service to Gif snd his church. I will always treasure that visit as they hoth modelled servant leadership.
Blessings to his family and community,
Rev Ron Kolanowski
Priest in charge
St. Peters
Hebron CT
Ron Kolanowski
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