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John Joseph Patrick Morrison, Jr., 91, passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family and the true love of his life, his wife, Virginia (O’Brien) Morrison, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late John and Ellen (McMahon) Morrison.
John was very proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed singing Irish songs and playing the harmonica. He was deeply appreciated by his family for the love and devotion he gave throughout his life. His family was his greatest joy. There was simply nothing more important to him.
John joined the United States Army and was a World War II veteran, landing on Normandy Beach on day three of the invasion. He continued serving for four years, including campaigns in Belgium and Antwerp.
John was employed in Peabody by the A.C. Lawrence Tannery, and he retired after 30 years from Eastman Gelatin (Kodak) Corp.
John is survived by his two daughters, Deborah A. Morrison of Salem and Maureen V. (Morrison) Searles and her husband, Claude of Wells, Maine; and by his son, John J. Morrison III and his wife, Diane of Salem. He is also survived by his four sisters, Ellen C. Morrison of Peabody, Alice T. Morrison of Wakefield, Loretta F. Coombs of Beverly, and Ethelwyn E. Morrison of Peabody; his four sisters-in-law, Charlotte Morrison of Lynn, Evelyn Harrington of Beverly, Lorraine Leonard of Salem, and Marlene O’Brien of Beverly; and many beloved nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward L. (Eamon) Morrison, formerly of Lynn, Francis X. Morrison, formerly of Phoenix, and Robert E. Morrison, formerly of Peabody; and sisters, Mary V. Allain, formerly of Salem, Elizabeth (Betty) LeBlanc, formerly of Peabody, Margaret C. Abbott, formerly of Wakefield, and Claire M. Morrison, formerly of Peabody.
The Morrison family would like to express their deepest gratitude on their father’s behalf to the staff of Associated Home Care and to their long-term home care providers, Tess, Stephanie, and Sue, for their love and dedication, and to the staff of Kaplan Family Hospice House of Care Dimensions for their skilled and compassionate care that nurtured us all.
In lieu of flowers, to honor John’s memory, take someone you love to lunch or extend a hand to someone in need.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend John’s Funeral Mass which will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 1 Margin St., Peabody, on Saturday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 226 North St., Salem. Arrangements are under the direction of the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem. For additional information or online guest book, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Published on  January 20, 2017
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