Christopher R. Morley

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FALLS VILLAGE — Christopher R. Morley, 57, of Undermountain Road, died April 8, 2011, after being stricken at his home. He was the husband of Leone T. Young of New York City and Falls Village.

Christopher was born Sept. 4, 1953, in Seattle, Wash., the son of Elsa (Colby) Morley of Los Angeles and the late Ralph Morley.

In addition to his wife and mother, Christopher is survived by his son Christopher Morley Jr. of New Haven; and his brother, Ralph of Los Angeles. He became a member of Leone’s extended family, whom he cherished and who greatly miss him as well.

Christopher had been employed in the area of fixed income as a trader or salesperson by several Wall Street firms from 1984 to 2002. He retired in 2002 to pursue real estate and investment interests.

During the past nine years he also became a self-taught architect, horticulturalist, artist, dog trainer and wine connoisseur, among other hobbies.

Christopher touched the lives of many through his community service and philanthropy. His work with the Falls Village Children’s Theater, animal rescue and D. M. Hunt Library were especially important to him.

For the many friends and family members who were blessed to have had Christopher as a part of their lives he will be remembered as an inspirational role model, avid conversationalist and tireless communicator. (Just do not play poker with him!) His sense of humor, keen intellect and kindness will be dearly missed. Above all else, Christopher will be remembered for taking the time to use his many talents to help others.

A celebration of Christopher’s life will be held in Falls Village at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Falls Village Children’s Theater, 25 Deer Road, Falls Village, CT 06031; or the Little Guild of St. Francis Animal Shelter, 285 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, Cornwall, CT 06796.

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.