Gloucester — Russell R. Morris, 61, of Thatcher Road, Gloucester, died Monday March 11, 2013, in the Boston Medical Center, following a sudden illness, surrounded by family and friends. He was the loving husband of Patricia A. (Kavanagh) Morris.
Born in Gloucester September 11, 1951, he was the son of the late Floyd and Esther (Dorman) Morris. He was educated in local public schools and a lifelong resident of Cape Ann. There was no place on earth he loved more. Russell would regale you with stories about how his work career began cutting lawns with scissors for “two bits” and worked his way up at twelve to operating pony rides at summer carnivals on the North Shore. From there he went to concrete fabrication in NH, which led him to his final field of endeavor, Powdered Metal Manufacturing.
While employed at Sintered Metals and Thermet, of Gloucester and Jamaica Plain, he had the idea of starting his own Powdered Metal firm, and with his terrific partner John Naves along with his wife and son, managed to bring his dream to fruition. Their company became known as an innovator in the Porous Bronze field, and automation became his driving force. He was a hard working man and though silently fighting this insidious disease of lung cancer worked right up until the illness brought him to his knees. He will forever be remembered as a quiet, fiercely stubborn man who would never admit defeat.
Russell would have realized his 30th year in business this May as president of Avenger Inc. in Ipswich.
He had a passion for fishing and surf casting and loved nothing better than landing a sparkling striper on a warm afternoon. He was a fervent Patriots, Red Sox and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan. Scrawney-Morgan’s would always be filled with friends and Family on Game Days. Though a quiet participant, he was always working behind the scenes on some political election for his wife and strongly believed in his country. He was a member of the Red, White and Blue Crew - July 4th Family, and the Cape Ann Sportsman Club.