Livonia: June 23, 2009 at age 83 years. Joe peacefully slipped the bond his body had become on a sunny summer afternoon surrounded by his loving family. Joe “Dudley” was born June 2, 1926 in Rochester, NY to John and Bridie Doyle Morris in Rochester, NY. He was an Aquinas graduate and put his education on hold in order to enlist in the US Army during WW II. His education at U of R was again interrupted for further service in the Army during the Korean War, where he became a highly decorated combat veteran earning, among other awards, a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. His career took his family to Worcester MA, Baltimore MD and back to Livonia, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary and his daughter-in-law Ellen Calhoun.
Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eleanor (Madigan) Morris, and his 7 children, Joseph, Michael, Patricia (Randy Remming), Kathy, Sheila (Jerry Coon), Maureen (Ken Smith), Eileen (Jeff Fugle), son-in-law, Amir Aghaghari; grandchildren, Stephen Morris, Heather Morris, Christopher and Cameron Copeland, Joseph Costanza and James, Mark, Aaron, Rachel, Ruth and Gabe Herrmann, Rachel, Annalee (Brandon Weiss) and Victoria Coon, Patricia and Leanne Smith, Alison and Elean Fugle, Jenny ( Eric Reinhart); great grandchildren, Natalie Tschiderer, Madison Copeland, Hunter Weiss, Cadence, Jonathon and Elyza Reinhart. Also remembered are his many friends and relatives. Joe was a friend of Bill W., a member of St Matthews Church, the DAV, the American Legion and the VFW. He also was a lifetime member of the Livonia Fire Dept. where he served as Chaplain, and also the Livonia Volunteer Ambulance.
Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc Routes 15 &20A, 21 Big Tree St. A funeral service will be held 11 am Saturday at St. Matthews in Livonia. Burial will immediately follow at St. Michaels Cemetery, Livonia. Friends will gather at the Harrison-Lee American Legion Post 283 in Livonia Center following services. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Matthews Church Building Fund, PO Box 59 Livonia, NY 14487, Western NY Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 1261 Dewey Ave. Rochester, NY 14613, Livonia Fire Dept. PO Box 151, Livonia, NY 14487, the Livonia Ambulance Fund, PO Box 8, Livonia, NY 14487 or the American Legion Post of your choice. To send condolences or further information please visit: