Dean W. Morrissey
1951 - 2021
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Dean Walter Morrissey of Marshfield, formerly of Scituate passed away on March 4, 2021. He was the husband of Shan (Crete) Morrissey, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife and his daughter. He was the devoted and loving father of Ani C. Morrissey and the late Kate C. Morrissey. He passed his creative genes to his beloved daughter Ani. Born in Quincy on October 1, 1951, he was the son of Mary (Luce) Zimbone of Quincy, and the late Dennis Morrissey. A graduate of North Quincy High School, he went on to become a lineman. Dean was a self taught master painter, and began to write his own stories. His award-winning book "Ship of Dreams" was one of his proudest accomplishments. Dean was also an accomplished guitarist, and was known for his sense of humor and his Irish ability to spin a tale. Dean was a friend of Bill Wilson since the 1980's, and left this world grateful for each day. Loving brother of Bryan Morrissey of Hingham, Janet Morrissey of Scituate and the late Gary Morrissey. Brother in law of Joanne, Christine, Terri and Neil, Doug and Jodie, Dan and Kellie. Adoring Uncle of 15 nieces and nephews, 5 great nieces and nephews and his many dear cousins. As family and friends are unable to join together to mourn and celebrate their beautiful husband, father, brother and friend, there will be a Celebration of Life in the summer. Donations in his memory can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,, Father Bills, and the Come as You Are Coalition Richardson-Gaffey 781-361-3906

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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 8, 2021.
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April 16, 2021
I only just heard. I am so sorry. I've been entranced with his work since I stared in awe at the covers of The Dragon Magazine 40 years ago or more now. Ship of Dreams has been a gift for so many children in our lives. Thank you, Dean, and my condolences to his friends and family.
Fred Keller
March 13, 2021
I was so saddened to hear that Dean has passed. He was a friend, a wonderful artist, a humble and sweet man. In recent years he has made so many nice comments on the art that I post on Facebook. Some people hate Facebook, but I appreciate being able to stay connected with friends I rarely see. I met Dean many years ago at a Boskone Fantasy convention, before his first children's book, and I encouraged him in that direction. I have many of his wonderful books, they are a treasure. My sincere condolences to the family. --Ruth Sanderson
Ruth Sanderson
March 12, 2021
The science fiction and fantasy art world lost a great man. Our condolences.
Lisa Hertel
March 8, 2021
Our lives first intersected at "History Meets the Arts" (Gettysburg, PA) and a rare and genuine friendship blossomed from that first meeting. The über-gifted (and magnanimous) artist and a former Canadian Mountie - and a rare friendship. Remembering a gentle giant with talent overflowing. Cherished memories of his modesty and self-deprecating humour which still evokes the very largest of smiles. Deeply saddened to hear of Dean's passing. His artwork adorns our dining room. Honoured to have counted him amongst my Friends. My thoughts and prayers are with Shan and Ani. Peace of Christ, my Friend.
March 8, 2021
My very good friend Dean it has been ab honour and a privelege to call you my friend. The world will be a sadder place without you.. We will play our guitars together one day in heaven. Until then my friend rest in peace
Dave Francis
March 7, 2021
Sincere condolences on Dean’s passing. We only discovered the family connection to Dean 18 months ago and have been enjoying contact with him since. We’re sorry not to have met him and are thinking of you all at this sad time,
Best wishes
Phyllis Morrissey-O’Halloran, Clashmore, Co.Waterford, Ireland
And Francis & Angela O’Halloran, Glanworth, Co.Cork, Ireland
Francis O’Halloran
March 7, 2021
Dear Shan and family,
I am so sorry to read of Dean's passing. My heart goes out to all of you.
Susan Leigh Anthony
March 7, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home
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