Raymond A. Morris, 76, Boonville

BOONVILLE, NY —  Raymond A. Morris, 76, of Woodgate Drive, husband of Janet, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

Raymond was born on March 21, 1943, in Providence, RI, a son of Irene Dolan Morris and Arthur Morris.  He graduated from Classical High School, Providence, RI.  He attended Providence College, RI, graduating in 1963, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. From 1966 until 1969, he completed graduate studies in clinical microbiology and biochemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

When Mr. Morris concluded his studies at Purdue University, to serve his country during the Viet Nam War era, he only lacked a dissertation from completing his Doctorate in Microbiology. While serving in the military service, U.S. army, from 1967, until his honorable discharge in 1969, Mr. Morris worked at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Armed Services Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C. as a research technician.

Throughout his career he worked as a Clinical Bacteriologist in Pawtucket, RI, and also taught Clinical Microbiology at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.  He served as an Alcoholism Counselor at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany; after moving to Lowville, Mr. Morris was an  Alcoholism Services Coordinator in Lowville, NY.

While employed in the field of alcoholism and human services, he served as Board Chairman of Lewis County Opportunities, Inc., Lowville, Vice Chairman of Community Service Board, St. Lawrence Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center, Ogdensburg, NY, Association for Human Services, Albany, NY, Stop DWI Coordinators Association, Rochester, NY, and a member of North Country training Council, NYS Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Albany, NY.

In his fifties, Raymond returned to college and received a degree in accounting from SUNY at Utica.  Following graduation, he began working for Jackson Hewitt in the Mohawk Valley. He retired in 2013, while serving as office manager at Jackson Hewitt’s Ilion, NY office.

Raymond is a member of the Rev. Paschal Rys South Lewis Chapter, Knights of Columbus. From 1986 until 1989, he was a co-leader of youth retreats, “Onward Retreat,” Ogdensburg Diocese of the Catholic Church.

In 1968, Raymond was married to Cynthia Weigard and later the couple was divorced. They have a son, Dan Morris, Spokane, WA.

On January 18, 1986, Raymond was married to Janet Schoff, at St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville. The couple resided in Constableville, before moving to Boonville in 1995.

Raymond enjoyed reading, stamp collecting, fishing and playing golf.  He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

In addition to his wife, Janet, Raymond is survived by one brother, James Morris and companion, Judy Morgan, Surprise, AZ; one sister Barbara (Morris) and husband, Robert Bickerstaff, West Warwick, RI; sisters in law, Peggy (Tim) Evans, Boonville, and Ellen (Martin) Ischia, Lowville, and several nieces and nephews.

Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Boonville, in the spring of 2020.  Other funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lowville Public Library, Dayan St. Lowville, NY 13367, or to the Boonville Fire Department, PO Box 164, Boonville, NY 13309.

His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. Boonville.

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