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John Joseph (Jim) Morris Jr, 79, beloved husband of Katie (Walsh) Morris, of East Hampton and formerly of New Canaan and Stamford, died Friday, Oct 17

Born in Stamford, the son of John and Marie Tucker Morris, Jim lived in East Hampton for the last 15 years after spending 30 years in New Canaan and 34 years in StamfordHe graduated from Fairfield University with a Masters Degree and followed with a 6th Year at NYU

Jim spent his professional career working in the Stamford Public School System first as a teacher, and later as assistant superintendent of personnel He served the Stamford Public School System for over 30 happy years  Jim met his wife while they were both teaching at Rippowam High School

After the many years with the public school system, Jim then devoted his time to his passion of running his own general contracting and home services business Over the 20 years of applying his passion for building, Jim helped more than 100 families turn their dreams into reality Amongst his favorite projects was the Morris family home on the shore of Lake Pocotopaug  He established countless friendships and enjoyed the satisfaction of helping others

A devout Catholic, he was a parishioner of St Patrick Church in East Hampton As an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Jim became a Grand Knight of the East Hampton Council

In East Hampton, Jim served on the Planning & Zoning Board, was president of the East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association, and most recently a member of the East Hampton Facilities Evaluation Committee

Jim and the love of his life, Katie, shared 50 years of marriage Together they enjoyed travel and spending time with friends and family Jim loved visiting with his grand children and especially enjoyed hosting annual summer visits to Lake Pocotopaug for boating, swimming, and family fun

In addition to Katie, he is survived by his three children and their spouses, Beth Byers and her husband Mark of Milford, Mark K Morris and his wife Susie of Manhattan Beach, Calif, John J Morris and his wife Christel of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren, Hayley and Anna Byers; Charlotte, Caroline, Chloe and Mark Harrison Morris; Kimberly, Joe and Jackson Morris; a brother, George Morris his wife Jeanie of Seattle, Wash; sister, Eleanor Borgatti and her husband Paul of Mandeville, La

Friends may call on Thursday, Oct 23, from 5-8, at the Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main St, East Hampton The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, Oct 24, at 11, in St Patrick Church on West High Street in East Hampton

Donations in Jim's memory may be made to: East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association PO Box 144 East Hampton, CT 06424, American Heart Association PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005, or to a charity that is meaningful to you and your family

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Published in New Canaan Advertiser on Oct. 20, 2014.
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