Gene Morris

Obituary of Gene Morris

It is with great sadness that we announce that Gene Morris, 86, of Valley Cottage, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2020.


Gene was born on May 18, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY to Neofitos and Evdokia Morris.  In 1951, after graduating from Manual Training High School, he started his career with Texaco.  He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany and France from 1954 to 1956.  He returned home and continued his 45-year career, at Texaco, as a Corporate Real Estate Property Manager until his retirement in 1996. 


He married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Keegel, in 1967 and they moved to Congers, NY where they raised their four children.  Family was everything to Gene, and whether near or far, his family held a very special place in his heart. His most treasured memories were those spent with family and close friends, especially the big family reunions with his brother Nick’s family from Texas.


Gene had a zest for life that was contagious, and you couldn’t help but feel it when in his presence.  His sense of humor brought joy to those who knew him, and the Morris home was always filled with love and laughter.  He enjoyed his own jokes immensely and was sometimes his own best audience. He lived life to the fullest, always ready and willing to tackle a project, lend a helping hand, or offer his expertise.  He took great pleasure in being active and involved in the lives of his children, especially with scouts and sports, and could often be found cheering on his children. 


He leaves behind his beloved wife, Mary Ellen, and children; Kathleen, Thomas, James (Kathleen) and Annmarie (Christopher); and his cherished grandchildren Ryan, Shawn and Shannon Hanlon, Nicholas, Steven and Gregory Morris, and Patrick, Brian and Brendan Paquette; as well as his brother, Nicholas (Jean Rose), and his beloved nieces and nephews, Darlene, Paul, Michael and Maria; and his brother-in-law Joseph Keegel. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Milton Morris.


Those who wish to remember Gene in a special way may make a memorial donation in his name to Tolstoy Foundation Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 100 Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY 10989 or Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1 Marycrest Road, West Nyack, NY 10994.