Edward "Ed" V. Morris 97, former long-time resident of Niantic passed away peacefully November 23, 2022, at Harbor Chase in South Windsor, CT. He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Arline R. Morris, his parents Joseph and Mildred Morris, and seven brothers and sisters.
Ed grew up in the “Frog Hollow” section of Hartford where he made many friends in both politics and business. At the age of 17 Ed went to work at The Hartford Times. In July 1943 Ed took a leave from The Times and joined the Army. He served in the South Pacific and returned to Hartford February 1946. Ed spent 25 loyal years at the Times until it closed. After the Times he joined The Hartford Courant and number of years later joined The Manchester Journal Inquirer where he ended his newspaper career. He retired from the JI at the age of 70. Ed spent his decades working in Advertising and Circulation. During his time serving in Circulation, it did not matter the weather, those newspapers had to be delivered to the customers and vendor but most of all the local neighborhood store. Ed had an unparalleled dedication. For years he was a prominent figure in Democratic Politics in East Lyme. The politician in him always knew how to get people talking. Ed always kept an eye and an ear open when stopping at a Diner or in traffic. He was always a great source of tips for reporters and editors for many of the CT Newspapers.
Ed was a former elected member of the East Lyme Board of Selectmen, Chairmen of East Lyme Democratic Town Committee and sat on the Democratic State Central Committee - 20th District. He was a long-time member of the Niantic Bay Yacht Club and loved the UConn Women's Basketball Team.
Ed is survived by his son, Brian Morris, and wife Christine of Glastonbury; daughter Pamela Seibert and late husband Joseph of Wakefield MA and Niantic; his son Richard Morris and wife Deborah of East Lyme. He is survived by his grandchildren Shawn Morris and wife Jessica of Glastonbury; Brittani M. Kane and husband Matthew of East Lyme; and Allison S. Jensen and husband Christian of Wakefield MA. He leaves behind his great grandchildren Audrey and Ben Morris of Glastonbury; Maddox, Ariya, and Killian Kane of East Lyme; and Davis Joseph Jensen of Wakefield MA. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Nancy R. Redding of Waterford, CT. Ed is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Graveside service will be held at 11:30am in Union Cemetery, Niantic CT on Saturday, December 17, 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Care and Share, PO Box 114, East Lyme, CT 06357. Or do an act of kindness for a neighbor during this Holiday Season.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Tierney Funeral Home, Manchester CT. For online condolences, please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.