George F. Morgan, at 83
George F. Morgan, 83, died in the wake of a lengthy illness on Tuesday, March 7, at South Shore Hospital.
Mr. Morgan was born and raised in Dorchester. A graduate of the Boston Trade High School for Boys, he proudly served for three years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, as a chef aboard the USS Missouri. After his military service, he worked as a chef for the Country Fare in Hingham, now known as the Scarlet Oak Inn. There he met Jean Perkins, who would become his wife.
Mr. Morgan worked for many years as the head chef of the Blue Hills Country Club in Milton. He and his wife owned Morgan’s Seafood in Hull during the 1970s. Through the years, he worked for many restaurants on the South Shore, finishing his career working as a food service director, first for the Cohasset Knoll Nursing Home, and then the Lutheran Home of Brockton. He felt a great deal of joy in being able to help the residents any way he could, including preparing a favorite meal for each resident’s birthday.
George and Jean married in 1955, and settled in Hull in 1963. Over the years, they raised a large and loving family of seven children and several nieces and nephews. The pair were married for 54 years, until her passing in 2010.
Mr. Morgan was a longtime member of the Weymouth Lodge of Elks, the Friends of the Paragon Carousel, and the Hull Lifesaving Museum.
One of his favorite accomplishments was getting to be the Flying Santa. Mr. Morgan continued the well-known tradition of delivering Christmas gifts to families who operated lighthouses up and down the New England coast. He would also delight the children of Hull by landing his helicopter at the elementary school and visiting as Santa every Christmas.
He enjoyed gardening, spending time with all of his children and grandchildren, and having conversations with people on his front porch.
Mr. Morgan is survived by his children: George J. Morgan, of Florida, Melody Edson and her husband, Paul, of Westford, Catherine Morgan and her partner, Theodore Mercurio, Penny Dickinson and her wife, Pamela, Lorraine Chafe and her husband, Edward, Douglas Morgan, all of Hull, and Steven Morgan and his wife, Rebecca, of California.
Mr. Morgan dearly loved his nine grandchildren: Dawn, Jeffrey, Brian, Justin, Lucas, Douglas, Sam, Linus, and Owen. He is survived by his nephew, Kenneth Morgan, and his wife, Christine, of Hull. Along with his immediate family, he leaves behind many nephews, nieces, and his lovable dachshund, Minnie. Mr. Morgan was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Morgan.
There will be no visiting hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life ceremony at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 88 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Hingham, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Friends of the Paragon Carousel, P.O. Box 100, Hull, MA 02045 or to the Hull Public Library, P.O. Box 428, Hull, MA 02045.
George F. Morgan, at 83