James W. Morgan, 90, a lifelong resident of Hamden, passed away at Connecticut Hospice on Saturday, November 22, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy O'Brien Morgan of Hamden for 65 years. Born on June 8, 1924, he was the son of the late Evan E. and Hazel R. Conroy Morgan. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his children; daughters, Karen (Mark) Nash and Mary Jane (Christopher) Lyons, both of Hamden, and son Lt. David Morgan NHFD (Ret.) of Florida, as well as 8 grandchildren; Corey Nash, Justin Nash, David Morgan Jr., Ryan Morgan Launder, Brett Morgan, James Onofrio, Michael Lyons, Matthew Lyons and 5 great-grandchildren; Emily, Connor, Savannah, Ian, & Logan Nash. He is also survived by a sister, Kathryn Kelly, of Albany, NY, and several nieces & nephews. James was employed by the Town of Hamden for 30 years as a custodian for the Hamden Middle & High Schools. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, having served in both WWII and Korea. His time in the service was one of his greatest accomplishments, the other being his family. He will always be remembered as the 'Bacon Grandpa' of their Saturday morning breakfasts alongside Dorothy's 'Candy Grammy.' He was also a member of the Hamden Elks BPOE 2204. Additional thanks to his special friends over at Hamden Florist. Friends may visit with his family from 3-7 PM on Monday, November 24 at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM Tuesday at St. Rita's Church, Hamden. Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to Til Duty is Done, P.O. Box 539, Cheshire, CT 06410 or given online at www.tdid.org.

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  1. I am so saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing. As a longtime neighbor and friend, I have so many fond memories. His genuine warmth and smile were constant. I think back to knowing him in my youth, when he would yell over and invite me to come with him to watch him play softball. I never knew whether he had any talent at that but what I do know is that he loved to play with a passion, and so enjoyed the game, the activity, and comradery it involved. To this day, each time I pass the softball field near the entrance/ exit to 91, I think of him. And in more recent years when I would return to the neighborhood, on seeing me he would always greet me as if no time had passed. The relationship that he and Dot had with my parents was so very special and important. My deepest sympathy to all of his family, and a special warm hug to Dot.

  2. I am very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, greatgrandfather, and true friend. My family also grew up in Hamden (Dorothy and Aaron Hertz of Spring Glen). I attended and graduated with Karen and Mark from Hamden High School. I am very sorry for your loss. Love, David and Bobbsie Hertz Rifkin

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Mr. M was a wonderful sweet man. I surely will miss running into him at stop and shop. Our condolences. Love Glen & Pattie Mathews

  4. To Corey Nash & family; My condolences to all for your loss. What a wonderful description of his life and accomplishments. He was truly a member of the greatest generation. Let your memories be of comfort to you in the coming days and weeks.

  5. To Jim’s Family I retired from HPD 11 years ago and moved to Myrtle Beach. I knew Jim very well for many years from his work in the school system to being a brother elk!! Jim Morgan was a true gentleman, a great friend, and a loyal elk. In all the years I knew him I never heard a bad word said about him! Rest in Peace Jim, and may your ship have reached its destination on the shores of heaven!!

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