George P. Morgan of Hampton Bays died at Southampton Hospital on Thursday, April 3, following a long illness. He was 81.
Born in Brooklyn on June 27, 1926, to Arthur and Annabelle, Mr. Morgan attended Erasmus High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving in the Pacific campaign as a quartermaster.
Mr. Morgan finished his high school education at Colby Academy in Brooklyn, and was later called back by the U.S. Navy to serve in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1951. During his military service he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with One Bronze Star, the American Theatre Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Victory Medal, the Korean Medal, the Naval Occupation Medal, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross and Medal.
Mr. Morgan worked as a consultant for his family’s moving business for more than 32 years. Founded in 1851, Morgan & Brother Manhattan Storage Company is the oldest moving and storage company in New York City.
In 1977, he began to spend summers in Hampton Bays and quickly fell in love with the town’s beautiful beaches, great fishing, and small town spirit.
In 1981, he married Carol Ann Skochylas of Queens and the couple resided in Westbury. They moved to Hampton Bays with their family in 1990. After retiring in 1992, he worked at the Bathing Corporation of Southampton from 1996 to 2007.
Mr. Morgan was a familiar face to those in the Hampton Bays community. Nicknamed “The Mayor” by Deacon Chris Ervin of St. Rosalie’s Roman Catholic Church, he touched the lives of those both young and old, according to loved ones.
He was an active member of the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924 and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 11 and participated in the many parades on the East End. In 1998, he was selected to be the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade. He was also a fixture on the school grounds and ball fields of Hampton Bays High School and enjoyed attending school functions.
According to his family, he will be remembered for his storytelling, sense of humor, and for appreciating the simple things in life.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Carol; two sons, John Patrick and Michael Ryan; a sister, Sr. Maureen Morgan RSM of Bohemia; nine nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Arthur and Ralph.
A wake and prayer service were held at the R.J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Hampton Bays on April 6. A funeral mass was held on April 7 at St. Rosalie’s Roman Catholic Church in Hampton Bays and interment followed at Calverton National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 273 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205 would be appreciated by the family.