George Morse

Obituary of George L. Morse

George Morse, 71, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Educator, Writer, Traveler May 31, 1948 - Jan. 17, 2020 George L. Morse of Hamburg, former High School Teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, and District Administrator, passed away Friday, January 17th in his home, from a rare form of cancer. He was 71. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1966 graduate of Bennett High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in History in 1970 from SUNY Buffalo, a Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education 7-12 in 1974 and a second Master’s degree in Educational Administration in 1984 both from State University College at Buffalo. Mr. Morse was a History Teacher and administrative assistant at Hamburg High School for 14 years, Assistant Principal at both Grand Island High school and Junior High (1984-86), then Amherst Senior High (1986-1989). At Depew Central Schools he was first High school principal, Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent for the before retiring in 2003. A passionate educator, Mr. Morse spent his life dedicated to teaching and learning. While at Hamburg, he was the advisor for Model UN, manager for Stage Crew, and chaperone for student camping trips, proms, dances and sporting events. At Hamburg High School, he met his wife, Brenda, also a teacher, in 1972 and they were married in 1974 with family, friends, colleagues and students attending. Mr. Morse was a 20-year member of the Boy Scouts, where he developed a life-long love of the outdoors that included camping, canoeing, swimming, and astronomy. He sailed from the Caribbean Islands on a crew of four, bearing the high seas of his beloved Atlantic Ocean. He and his wife canoed with friends in Algonquin, the Adirondacks, Alleghany and, with their son, Todd, on the St. Lawrence Seaway in the Thousand Islands. They have taken numerous sailing trips on historic ships out of Maine, Virginia, Ohio and from Buffalo and cruises to Bermuda, Eastern and Western Caribbean, Central America and Alaska. After his first year as a teacher at Hamburg, he backpacked through Europe, riding the railroads to learn and see the places and geography he was teaching in his Social Studies classroom. He has been to hundreds of battlefields, historic attractions, monuments and traveled noted rivers, famous trails, and historic passes across the US. His travels with his family continued throughout his life on trips throughout the US and Canada. Mr. Morse and his wife have traveled cross-country 3 times, the first camping in 1975 as a young couple, and two more times taking different routes with the last in 2009 where the return trip took them across Canada from Vancouver to Niagara Falls. They have visited 48 of the 50 US States, only missing Hawaii and Arkansas. His scouting years led him to Camp Scouthaven, a camp for scouts, near Arcade, NY, where he began as a counselor and later Waterfront and Camp director. He managed the Hamburg Village Pool from 1980 to 1984, was president and on the board of STAR Swimming for many of the years his daughter, Sarah, was a swimmer and the family enjoyed many summers playing tennis and swimming at Willow Bend. Mr. Morse loved watching sports. His favorite sport was baseball and he was a long-time Baltimore Orioles fan and considered Cal Ripken, Jr. one of his sports heroes. He was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and often talked about watching them play in the old Memorial Stadium. He and his son Todd, attended and never gave up at the famous Buffalo “The Comeback.” One of his other passions was car racing and he and his wife attended both NASCAR races and Indy car races including the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 several times. Perhaps his most endearing quality passed to children and grandchildren was his love of family. Family always came first. He taught all who knew him about integrity, honesty, strength and diplomacy through his actions and the way he lived his life. His keen sense of direction, brilliant brain, deep intellect and sly sense of humor have all been on-going topics of family conversations. In retirement, besides traveling, reading 2-3 books a week, and following politics and sports, Mr. Morse took to writing, including numerous items published in the Buffalo News and Hamburg Sun, and finished two and a half novels. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Brenda Carol (Hendricks), his daughter, Sarah Dwelle (Tim) , his son, Todd Morse (Leslie) ; two sisters, Elaine Kaven (Robert) and Barbara Howard ; a brother, Harold Morse; and three grandchildren, Noah Morse, Barrett Dwelle, and Layla Dwelle. Pre-deceasing him are his parents George L. and Alice H. Morse. As his last effort to help educate the world, Mr. Morse donated his body for scientific research for further study of his rare form of neuroendocrine cancer. Calling Hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, with a Memorial Service immediately following at 6pm, at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY, 14075.
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Saturday
7
March

Visitation

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Saturday
7
March

Memorial Service

6:00 pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
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