Morris, Thomas Robert

June 16, 2005

On Saturday, June 11, 2005, TOMMORRIS passed away at home after a lengthy illness. Tom and his twin brother Ron were born on November 2, 1932 in Harrisburg, PA, the only children of the late Wilma Frances and Thomas Oliver Morris. The family moved to Essex in 1940. In 1952 Tom joined the Army's 187th Airborne & was sent to Korea during the war. Leaving the service, he attended Maryland Institute's School of Drafting, which led him to follow his father's footsteps as a wood pattern maker. Tom spent most of his career with the Flynn&Emrich Company in the pattern shop & later as a supervisor in the production area making cast iron components for companies such as Carrier and Borg Warner. Tom met and married Sarah "Sally" Coates shortly before he retired from Flynn&Emrich in 1985. He continued woodworking as a hobby and persued his interest in World War II, eventually collecting a considerable library. In 1995 Sarah and Tom moved to Havre de Grace where Tom took up carving decorative decoys. He proved to be an apt student and developed into an accomplished carver. Tom is survived by his beloved wife and son Jon, from his first marriage. Also surviving him are his brother and sister-in-law Betsy, stepsons Alex and Les Ganson, grandchildren Adam and Kyle Ganson, and many devoted members of his extended family. A private memorial service will be held in Havre de Grace. Memorial contributions may be made to Harford Hospice, Tyler Ridge IIA, 8003 Corporate Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236 or to the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, 100 Giles Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078.

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