Edward L. Morris Jr., Esq. of Lowell, MA

 

5496-MorrisEdward L. Morris Jr., Esq., 70, of Lowell, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

He was born in Lowell on October 10, 1944, to his beloved parents Edward and Marie (Reardon) Morris, who later gained the affectionate appellations of “Papa” and “Mame.”  He is survived by his brother, David, of Lowell.

Ed was a well-educated man.  He graduated from Keith Academy in 1962 and from St. Anselm College in 1966.  While teaching at Lowell High School (1966- 1975), he attended night classes at Assumption College, graduating with a Masters degree in English in 1972.  His next challenge was law school, which he attended at night while teaching at the Greater Lowell Vocational School.  He graduated from Suffolk Law School in 1976.  He then embarked on nearly four decades of service at the bar, working first as an attorney for the Lowell and Dracut public schools, and eventually in the City Law Department of Lowell and for various other local municipal entities.  He also maintained a private practice for many years, serving his clients morning, noon and night.

Ed first encountered the polestar of his universe as a fifteen-year old schoolboy.  What started when Joanne (Mulligan) invited him to the Mistletoe Hop one evening in 1959, blossomed into a love for the ages – with over fifty years of lively banter, belly laughter and, above all, an abiding affection for each other.  They were married in 1967.  The progeny of this lifelong partnership are Jonalyn Morris Busam (Vincent), of Hermosa Beach, California, Bethany Morris (Kevin Costello), of Medford, and Eddie Morris of Lowell.  The animating joy of Ed’s life was his five grandchildren:  Devin and Grant Busam; and Eamon, Quinn and Adeline Costello.  His spirit and his laugh live on in them.

Ed’s wit, his generosity and his love for others enriched the lives of all those who knew him; his gifts to us will always remain.

Visiting hours Wed. 3 to 6 P.M. immediately followed by a celebration of his life at 6:00 PM at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME ,106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD,  MA.  A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be made in his name to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241,  www.americanheart.org .  ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.

Visitation

April 8, 2015
  1. cbschultz44@gmail.com says:

    How sorry I was to hear that Eddie had passed away. We grew up together on West Ninth Street in Lowell. We had been in touch in recent years as Eddie handled the Estate of our Dad.
    Ed passed away much too young. My condolences to all of you, as I know this is a difficult time. Please know that prayers and thoughts are being sent to all of you.

    Carolyn (Stec) Schultz
    Fairview, Texas

  2. Marsha Gillaspie says:

    Joanne and family,

    Rich and I are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing on Sunday. Unfortunately I am in North Carolina and will not be able to attend the service. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. Hugs to all the family.

    Love,

    Marsha and Rich

  3. Sue Vaillancourt says:

    Joanne, I was so very saddened to read of Ed’s sudden passing. When I think of him, I can only smile remembering many happy and funny times spent in his company. I will always remember him as a dear friend. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Rest in peace dear friend.

  4. Brenda Nicolosi says:

    Joanne, I am so sorry about your husbands passing. May you and your family find comfort that he is now resting in peace.
    God Bless all of you,
    Brenda

  5. Cheryl Welcome says:

    So very sad to hear this. Mr. Morris was my Study Hall Teacher at Lowell High school in the early 1970’s. I always enjoyed going into his classroom. He had a way of making students feel at ease – loved his quick wit. Have always remembered him fondly over the years. So sorry for your loss. He was a good man.

  6. Jeanne Marais says:

    Dear Joanne and Family,

    I am sad to hear of the passing of Ed, I had the pleasure of serving with him during my time on the board at Lowell Day Nursery. I remember fondly his kindness, compassion and quick wit. The world truly lost a great man.

  7. Alise and Doug Brzezinski says:

    Mrs. Morris, Bethany, Jonalyn, and Eddie,
    I have fond memories of Mr. Morris moving Bethany in and out of her BC apartments.
    Doug and I are so sorry to hear of your loss, but we know that the beautiful memories will continue to flood your hearts.

    Love,
    Alise and Doug Brzezinski

  8. Margaret Lennerton says:

    Joanne, Jonalyn, Bethany,and Eddie,
    So sorry for your lost. You were the BEST neighbors when we lived in Lowell.
    Ed was so kind when he helped us with the paperwork for our move to Tewksbury.
    Jennifer wanted to send her sympathy and love to you all.

  9. Robin Fortin says:

    My sincere condolences to the Morris family on your loss. I have fond memories of Ed and how good he was to my mother, father and family.

  10. Ruth Allen says:

    I am very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. As a member of the Executive Board of the Dracut Teachers Association, I spent quite a bit of time in discussion with Ed. He was a true gentleman, and he will be missed.

  11. Jo-Ann Spence says:

    Joanne and Family, All of us at Lowell Day are so sad. Ed was such a part of us for so many years. Through the hardest meeting, he could make us laugh. We looked forward to his good humor, his intelligent and always kind suggestions and his counsel. He shared his abiding love for all his family and especially for the Grandchildren. The Board of Directors and the staff of the Nursery all send their deepest sympathy to you and your family. Personally, I counted Ed as a friend and he did so much for me and the school. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jo-Ann Spence and all of us from Lowell Day

  12. Deb O'Leary says:

    Dear Joanne and family,
    I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. Ed was such a kind and funny man. May you take comfort in knowing that he will always be with you in spirit.

  13. MaryDockett says:

    Dear Joanne and family,
    Sorry to hear that Ed passed away. He was a wonderful person. Jerry and I are glad that we had the chance to know him through our daughters that have kept a friendship since they were sophomores in high school. Kim loved Ed just like a father. Many people thought that Jerry and Ed were brothers. Our prayers are with you and your family to have the strength to get through these days.
    Jerry & Mary Dockett

  14. MaryDockett says:

    Dear Joanne and family,
    Sorry to hear that Ed passed away. He was a wonderful person. Jerry and I are glad that we had the chance to know him through our daughters that have kept a friendship since they were sophomores in high school. Kim loved Ed just like a father. Many people thought that Jerry and Ed were brothers. Our prayers are with you and your family to have the strength to get through these days.
    Jerry @ Mary Dockett

  15. Art and Diane DiGiovanni says:

    Dear Joanne and family, our deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you. We are so saddened by the news of Ed’s passing. He was a very kind person and a great neighbor for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love, Diane and Artie DiGiovanni and family

  16. Richard and Priscille Bergeron says:

    Dear Joanne and Family,

    Priscille and I were surprised and saddened to hear of your deep loss with Ed’s passing away. We remember him fondly, especially his kindness, his good wit and his sense of humor. He certainly worked hard during his career and earned every bit of love and respect which, even in death, still live on in the memory of those who knew him.

    — Richard and Priscille Bergeron

  17. Linda Bolduc says:

    Joanne,
    We were so saddened upon hearing the news. My heart aches so much for you and your family. Ed was such an incredible man with a great sense of humor, which I will never forget. I hope you all find comfort in your fond memories of him. Thinking and praying for you all.
    All our love,
    Linda & Jason Bolduc

  18. Renee Dufault says:

    Joanne, my heart goes out to you and your family through this terrible time. Know that we are all here for you when you need us. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    With much love and sympathy, Renee Dufault

  19. Jean Swanson says:

    Dear Joanne and family,
    Words cannot express how heartbroken we are over the loss of Ed. He was a kind, wonderful man with a sense of humor that no one else could ever match. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest sympathy and love to you.
    Love, Jean and Jerry Swanson

  20. Sarah A Sandor says:

    Dear Joanne and family,
    It is with overwhelming sadness that I am offering you my heartfelt sympathy upon hearing of the death of your beloved husband and father. Please accept my condolences at his passing.
    Sincerely,
    Sarah Sandor

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