Sunday, July 17, 2016

Updated Obituary: Thomas Martin Morris, 82, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE — Thomas Martin Morris, 82, formerly of Olean and Hill Street in Wellsville, passed away Friday (July 15, 2016) in the Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility after a long illness. Born Oct. 21, 1933, in Olean, he was the son of the late Roy “Kook” and Doris Wildrick Morris. He married the former Elizabeth Dietz, who predeceased him, and later married Jeanne Finn, who also predeceased him. Tom was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1951, where he was a member of the varsity football and basketball teams, and was named to its Wall of Fame. He attended St. Francis Prep at Greenville, Pa., and was a graduate of Thiel University, where he was the quarterback on its undefeated football team. Tom was employed at Niagara Mohawk Corp. for 46 years, until he retired as Nobel Environmental Power manager. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Wellsville, a member of the Wellsville Country Club, and played softball for Olean Icky Cookies and Texas Hot in Wellsville. He was a basketball official for 46 years in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, and a football official for 20 years. Surviving are his children, Mark (Claire) Morris of Cuba, Libby (Peter) Albertine of Loma Linda, Calif., Timothy (Shelly) Morris of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roy (Carol) Morris Jr. of Houston and James (Donna) Morris of Rochester; several nieces and nephews; his good friends, Ray Padlo of Olean, John (Bummer) Davie of Florida and Jim Brush of Wellsville. Tom was predeceased by his parents; his wives, Liz and Jean; and two sons, Thomas and Robert Morris. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday (July 20, 2016), at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday (July 21, 2016) at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean with Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, at the convenience of the family. Memorials in his memory may be made to the Olean Sports Boosters.