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.
One reason he went to work for himself was to bring his dream of building a home of his own a reality. A dream he made come true with the help of so many family and friends. He said he always felt so fortunate to be able to open his home to so many throughout the years. It truly was a blast. He was a loving and cherished father, grandfather (Grampy) and husband. For his wife, their 30 years together were the greatest moments of her life. His quiet, steady presence and gentle smile will be greatly missed, especially by his children, grand-children, wife and so many beloved friends.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his son Russell M. Morris and his wife Jennifer, his daughter Keri Ann Perry and her husband Greg, and his grandchildren Jordan (Morris) Westling, Alexis Morris, Samantha Pascucci and Braeden Perry, all of Gloucester. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Morris of Gloucester and William Morris of Gloucester, and his sister, Eva Kollander of Hiram, ME. He was the brother of the late Ferrell Morris and Elliot “Sonny” Morris, both formerly of Gloucester.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are respectfully welcomed to a Celebration of Russell’s life to be held on April 6, 2013, starting at 1 p.m. at 129 Thatcher Road, Gloucester. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In Russell’s Memory, family and friends will be participating in the 2013 Jimmy Fund Walk. Tribute gifts may be made payable to “Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk” and directed to “Team Scrawney-Morgan”, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk” at P.O. Box 3595, Boston, MA 02241. To make a tribute gift online, please visit our team page at http://www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2013/scrawney To leave a condolence for his family please visit www.whittier-porter.com