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William O. Morrow

William Osborne Morrow, 66, of Eastern Avenue, husband of Susanne R. (Dempsey) Morrow, died peacefully Monday, December 21, 2009 in the Beverly Hospital following his battle with cancer.

Born in Ipswich January 8, 1943, son of the late John H. and Florence I. “Flossie” (Osborne) Morrow, he was a graduate of Gloucester High School.  Immediately following graduation he began his service with the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Gloucester. He served a training tour of duty on the U.S.S. Eagle, traveling much of the world. After his service aboard the Eagle he manned the White Island Lighthouse on the Isles of Shoals, NH, later joining the  Search and Rescue Team in Gloucester.

Bill was employed for more than a decade as a long-distance truck driver. He loved driving trucks, especially his routes to Vermont and Maine.  For many years he worked for Woodman’s Inc. in Essex. During this time he was employed in a variety of capacities, and especially loved his time as the Lobster Trap bartender.

Bill’s love of the water was prevalent in all aspects of his life, whether it be his  Coast Guard service, simply  going  “down river” in his boat, or to enjoy time in his backyard pool.  Off the water, Bill was an active member of the Veteran Fireman’s League and spent many years as the flagman and pumper for the “We Will Try” handtub.   He later served as a judge for the New England States and was also a past President of the Essex Veterans Fireman’s Association.  He remained active in Veterans Affairs with his involvement with the American Legion AP Gardner Post #194 of Hamilton, where he was a Past Commander and was active until his recent illness. 

In addition to his wife of forty-three years, he is survived by three daughters, Michelle Morrow Curreri and husband Giuseppe of Beverly, Heather Jermyn and husband Stephen of West Gloucester and Danielle Dort and husband Richard of Essex. Papa will also sadly missed by his six grandchildren, Olivia and Sophia Curreri, both of Beverly, Zachary and Emily Jermyn, both of West Gloucester and Jasmine and Ashley Dort, both of Essex He is also survived by  a brother, John H. Morrow and wife Elaine of Ipswich; two nephews, David and Daniel Morrow both of Ipswich and a niece Carolyn Nistl of Hamilton.

His funeral services will be held Monday December 28, 2009 at 11 am in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich, followed by interment with Coast Guard Honors in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 8 pm at the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich,  with a service by the AP Gardner Post #194 at 7 PM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: contribution services, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226 or to the Past Commanders Scholarship Fund, c/o American Legion A.P. Gardner Post, 37 School St., Hamilton, MA 01936


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