Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
LAS VEGAS, NV —
John P. Morse of St. Petersburg, FL and formerly of Lockport, NY, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Born on March 21, 1923 in Auburn, NY to the late Paul and Loretta Morse.
John was a graduate of Lockport High School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was a photographer for a search and rescue unit with many missions over China-Burma. John was a proud member of the Hump Pilots Association.
After an honorable discharge from the military, John attended Buffalo State University to earn his teaching degree. He taught Industrial Arts in the Newfane school district for many years. After retiring, he moved to St. Petersburg, FL where he taught for many more years.
John was an avid RC airplane enthusiast and was instrumental in organizing what is now known as the Day Rd. model airplane field in Lockport.
He was also an exceptional tennis player and was on the courts any chance he had. Photography was also one of John's passions.
John is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Las Vegas, NV and her daughters, Judy Little and Dawn Jay and their children, Nicholas and Annise Celano and Jenna Mace. Also by the mother of his children, Marie A. Morse and their children, Mark of Lockport, Wayne (Darlene) of Pendleton, Susan (Tony) Weiss of AZ, Loretta of KS, Diane of Lockport, John (Julie) of Lockport, and Paul (Kayo) of HI; ten grandchildren, Steve, Darren, Jason, Elizabeth, Sarah, Vinson, David and Nicholas Morse, Christine Otis and Meaghan Phipps. John also had eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers, Harry and Russell.
A private service will be held by the family. Anyone wishing to make a donation in John's memory can do so to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Team Mason, the Veterans Administration, or a charity of one's choice.
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