John A. Morse II


MORSE, John A. II, 78, of High Street, died on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at home, with his loving daughter by his side. He was born in Phippsburg, Maine, on September 23, 1930, the son of Horace G. Sr. and Martha Hagerman Morse. He attended local schools and graduated from Morse High School in the class of 1949. Shortly after high school John left Bath to move to Virginia, where he had a long career working as a machinist for Philip Morris USA, retiring in 1990. In 1992 he returned to Bath for a high school reunion; there, he met Barbara E. Morse. They were married at the Popham Chapel, and once again he made Bath his home. John loved working with his hands and making things from metal or wood. His hobbies always included fixing and repairing things. He enjoyed going out for breakfast with the guys, exercising at the Bath YMCA and spending time with friends. He was predeceased by his wife on February 2, 2000; a brother, Horace G. Morse Jr.; and a sister, Mary Morse Reevy. He is survived by two sons, John A. III and his wife, Rebecca Morse, of Richmond, Va., Michael H. and his wife, Elizabeth Morse, of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Mary C. Morse of Bath, Maine, and Susan M. Parnell of Richmond, Va.; three grandchildren, Carrie M. Parnell, John A. Morse IV and Samantha Morse, all of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Martha Roberts of Topsham, Maine; several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath, Maine. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath, Maine.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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To my Father,
For all that you taught me and for all the good times we shared, I thank you and will miss you. Love, your son Michael

You smiled and we smiled
You laughed and we laughed

You worked and we worked
You played and we played

You fussed and we fussed
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You loved and we loved
You're gone now and we're lost

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