Albany - James Anthony Morrill, 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017.
James was born to the late Giles Lowe Morrill and Alice Cecelia Dwyer on January 4, 1927, in Schenectady, NY. He was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School prior to enlisting in the Navy, on the U.S.S Turner in January of 1945. He married Jeanne Marie Leonard on December 29, 1962, in St. Patrick’s Church, Albany, NY by James’ brother, Father Giles Drohan Morrill. James served in both the Navy and the Army, in World War II, Vietnam and Korea. He was a decorated soldier, and received the Purple Heart, along with two Bronze Stars.
He enjoyed going to OTB on Saturdays, and spending time with his friend, Stanley Gorzynski, as well as going out to dinner on Sundays with Stanley, his wife, Jeanne and his son, Giles and family. He was a devoted Catholic and attended Mass regularly, and was a lifelong member of the VFW.
James will be fondly remembered as a perennially happy man who had a unique way of looking at the world, and he was loved by all who knew him. Thanksgiving was an extremely special holiday, for it was spent celebrating with Jeanne, son, Giles and his family, his daughter, Alice and her family, and his son, Jimmy and his family.
James is survived by wife, Jeanne; his three children, Giles (Sharon), Alice (Michael) Tenney, and James, Jr. (Michelle); his grandchildren, Caroline, Megan, Casey, Clare, and Jason; his twin sister, Joanne Nolan; his friend and brother-in-law, John Leonard; and many nieces and nephews.
James is predeceased by his siblings, Father Giles Drohan Morrill, Alan Jerome Morrill, Alice Theresa Morrill, and Mary Edith Morrill. He is also predeceased by his beloved granddaughter, Sara Ann Tenney, who helped care for him.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Ave, Albany on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:30 am. Inurnment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetry, Troy at a later date to be determined by the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made in James’ memory to Texas Harvery Flood charity of one’s choice.