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William James Morrison Sr.

MILLERTON — William James Morrison Sr., 97, a 65-year resident of Millerton, died peacefully on Feb. 17, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. 

Bill worked in the chemical mixing room at Keuffel & Esser in Millerton for more than 25 years, before retiring in 1984.

Born Oct. 21, 1921, in Ashland, Wis., he was the son of the late Euclid and Frances (Pufall) Morrison. Following high school, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country for nearly 16 years before being honorably discharged from the Naval Reserves in 1959. 

On June 10, 1951, at St. Patrick’s Church in Millerton, he married Ruth Conklin. Mrs. Morrison died May 26, 2011.

Mr. Morrison — or “Mr. Bill” or “Morgy” as he was affectionately known to family and friends — was an avid bowler and reader and enjoyed playing cribbage and other card games with his family. He enjoyed woodworking and caning furniture in his spare time also. 

He was a life member of the Millerton Legion Post 178 and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Millerton Fire Company and was a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Millerton and St. Bernard Church in Sharon.

Bill is survived by four children, Betty Morrison, Tom Morrison and his wife, Barbara, Bill Morrison Jr. and his wife, Candy, all of Millerton and Bob Morrison and his wife, Alicia, of Livermore, Calif.; his sister, Frances Rickard of Colby, Wis.; five grandchildren, Moriah Sarvis and her husband, Anthony, Melissa Morrison and her companion, Diane D’Allessandro, Jessica LaBarre and her husband, Lucas, Kaylea Morrison and Naomi Morrison; two step-grandchildren, Henry Handlowich and Regina Swisher and her husband, Jerry; a step-great-granddaughter, Ashley Mineavage and her daughter, Avery; a great-granddaughter, Julianna LaBarre; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was predeceased by two sisters; three brothers; and a step-grandson, Richard Handlowich.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Church in Sharon, Monsignor Vittorio Guerrera officiating. Burial will follow at Irondale Cemetery in Millerton with Standard Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Millerton Fire Company, P.O. 733, Millerton, NY 12546; or the American Cancer Society. To send an online condolence, go to. www.conklinfuneralhome.com.