John Morrish passed away in Melbourne, Florida on Monday, June 12, 2017 after a long illness. Born on May 17, 1941 in Plymouth, Devon, England, John blessed this earth for 76 years.
John was a happy and passionate man with a big contagious smile and a laugh that could be heard around the world. He spread joy and laughter wherever he went. He never met a stranger and was truly interested in the stories of everyone he met. From his experiences and avid reading, he loved to talk on any subject with anyone. Sometimes his conversations would delay previous plans, but when he arrived, he always had a new friend and a new story. He enjoyed strong conversation which often led to friendly debate. He showed his love of life through his love of all people, his love of laughter, his love of learning and reading, his love of the outdoors, his love of sports, his love of travel and new adventures, his love of cooking, the love of his friends and the love of his family.
For family and friends, John loved creating large events and Christmas was “his” holiday. For more than 20 years, John planned, cooked, decorated, and led the creation of so many beautiful holiday memories. In his notebook John wrote: “Family Traditions: For me, Christmas is about bringing people together. It’s about sharing memories and creating new ones”. He also hosted many other events for friends and family who always looked forward to his culinary creations and his laughter.
John completed a much sought after and highly respected apprenticeship of both craft and academic professional Electrical Engineering at Her Majesty’s Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Plymouth, Devon, England. He served for 22 years (1961 to 1983) in the British Military including tours with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). While in Her Majesty’s Service he gained extensive experience in the installation, development, calibration maintenance and modification of static and mobile ground radar equipment. His assignment locations included England, Scotland, Germany, Malaysia, United States and Turks & Caicos Islands.
In the late 1970’s John became attached to the Defense Mapping Agency in the United States. In 1983, he joined Denro in Gaithersburg, Maryland, serving as Director of Product & Integrated Logistics Support. During this time, he became known as Mr. Denro at the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) as a result of his friendly and engaging personality. In 1993, after ten years with Denro, he joined Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida. He worked at Harris for five years serving first as ILS Manager and ultimately as Manager of International Business continuing to work on FAA and international related projects. John traveled the world in these roles. He retired from his career in 2001 to enjoy golfing, traveling, spending time with his family and friends and an occasional stop at Meg O’Malley’s or Scott’s on Fifth for a beverage.
John is pre-deceased by his parents, Nora Maud Morrish and Harold Henry Morrish. He is survived by his wife, soulmate and best friend of 22 years, Brenda Morrish of Indialantic, FL. Also, his children Sarah Morrish, Philip Morrish and wife Debbi of Maryland and Stephen and Paul Morrish of Devon England and his granddaughter Harper Mae Montesino of Maryland. In addition, he is survived by sister Pat and husband Terry Salt and brother Roger and wife Norah Morrish. John’s Florida family includes his father-in-law, Gene Hedberg, his sisters-in-law, Susan Myers (David) and Maureen Hester (Charley) and his brothers-in-law, Jeff Hedberg (Margie) and Jay Hedberg (Donna). Along with these family members John was affectionately called “Uncle John” or “Granddad” by many, nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Chicago and the U.K. He made us all smile!
From time to time John enjoyed attending the Episcopal Church, especially the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., because of its English heritage and the inclusiveness of the services. His life will be celebrated in Florida and in the U.K. in private services and he will be reunited with his parents as his ashes will be scattered with them in Plymouth, Devon, England.
Godspeed and Love to you John!