Claude T. "Jack" Morrison, 76, of Kiantone, peacefully slipped away to take his turn guarding the pearly gates in the early morning of Jan. 23, 2014, while fighting like a tough Marine in his battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 7, 1937, in Fredonia, N.Y., the son of Ellis T. Morrison and Elsie Cobb Morrison Taylor. He married the love of his life, Joan Boucher, on Aug. 27, 1960, and recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
He attended Fredonia schools, and proudly served his country as a U.S. Marine in Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippines, from January 1955 to January 1963. He continued his military service as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps League and with the New York State Army National Guard.
Claude “Jack” T. Morrison
He was employed over the years by Great Lakes Carbon, Aldrich Dairy and Blackstone Corporation.
He was a very loving husband, father, "Peeka," uncle and friend, who always had a soft spot for his grandkids and his dog, Kelsey. He continued to show his pride in the Marine Corps throughout his life, and was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan who got quite used to saying "there's always next year."
Surviving are his wife, Joan; three daughters: Denise (Chris) Snyder-Norberg of Jamestown, Diane (Todd) Marzalen of Erie, Pa., and Pamela (Dan) Johnson of Pittsfield, Pa.; seven grandchildren: Matthew Snyder of Jamestown, Aaron Snyder of Buffalo, N.Y., Kerilynn Snyder of Jamestown, Collin, Erik, Adam and Bryant Marzalen of Erie, Pa.; a sister, Gladys "Dee" (Raymond) Ogden of Dunkirk, N.Y.; a stepsister, Ethel Ratcliff of Wimauma, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Ingrid Morrison of Brocton, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; his best friend, Jack Lindquist of Jamestown; and his pup, Kelsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a brother, Ellis Morrison.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home, followed by a military service. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, and for one hour prior to the funeral service Sunday in the funeral home.
To send a message to the family, or to light a candle in memory, visit www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.
Memorials in Claude's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Semper Fi, you will be missed and always loved.