Fred B. Morgan Dies at Home at 80

Was Artist, Former Kiwanis Official

 

(July 26, 1913--March 18, 1994)

 

NORWOOD--Fred B. Morgan, 80, Lake Shore Road, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday at his home after a long illness.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dan Corretore officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Buck Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley Inc., Potsdam.

Surviving are his wife, Rena; a daughter, Marilyn "Joan" Woodward, Norwood; three sons, Charles B and D. Jack, both of Norwood, and Fred A., Candor; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Olive Haggett and Betty Kirk, both of Norwood, Mildred Orr, Henrietta, and Alice Dunbar, Massena, and 39 nieces and nephews.

Born July 26, 1913, in Norwood, son of Edson and Alta Marsh Morgan, he was educated in area schools and married Rena Brown Oct. 9, 1935, at Nevin Memorial Church, Lisbon.

For 15 years, Mr. Morgan was a pipefitter at the Aluminum Company of America, Massena. He then left Alcoa to open Morgan's TV Sales in Norwood. He operated the store until retiring in 1975.

Mr. Morgan was a former Mason and received the DeWitt Clinton Community Service Award. He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club and past lieutenant governor of the St. Lawrence New York District of Kiwanis International.

He was an artist, creating folk art menages that were exhibited in Canton. He also had artwork exhibited at the Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, and was featured in Workbench Magazine.

Mr. Morgan made and placed a musical tuba mailbox in front of his home. He connected the tuba to a recorder in his garage so the mailbox would play his favorite songs each time the box was opened. The mailbox was featured in the 1978 Reiman Publications Inc. book "Mailbox Mania...Along Rural Routes." A replica of the mailbox will be on display with the Gallery Association of New York.

Mr. Morgan was also a member of the Norwood Lake Association and the Norwood Volunteer Fire Department Band.

 

(Taken from the Sunday, March 20, 1994 edition of the Watertown Daily Times)