March 31, 2020

    Richard Hugh McMorris, known by many as “Rich” or “Dick”, longtime resident of Chittenango, NY, died peacefully Tuesday morning, March 31, 2020 after a short illness. He was born August 26, 1937 in Oneonta, NY, a son of the late Ralph and Marian (Covell) McMorris. Richard graduated from Hartwick College in 1961 continuing to a 33-year career as a parole officer with the NY Department of Corrections. He retired in 1993 allowing him to spend his time with family, work on many stained-glass projects (The Glass Cellar), and to manicure his beloved yard. A member of the Chittenango, NY First Baptist Church, Richard was a believer in Jesus and often shared this with family members, friends, and people he would meet. It is this faith in a Savior that gave him comfort, especially in his later years, believing there was more to life than the things of this world. He looked forward to the day he would again be with his beloved wife Barbara and ‘absent from this body and present with the Lord’ (2 Corinthians 5:8). Richard is preceded in death by his wife Barbara S. McMorris (12/17/2009); he is survived by his brother Bruce McMorris; 5 children Chris (Wayne) Mandel, John (Theressa) McMorris, Mike (Susan) McMorris, Debbie (Larry) Evans, and Cathy (Ken) Maum, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff at the Jewish Health and Rehabilitation Center at Menorah Park for their compassion and care of Richard. Memorial contributions can be made to the Healing Rooms of Greater Syracuse, Victorian Square, 526 Old Liverpool Rd Ste 7, Syracuse NY 13088. Services will be private.

    G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

    CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366


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    Sad to hear of the passing of Mr. McMorris. I have many fond memories of him, his wife, and his family, as I often spent hours at their house as a teenager. Although I have not seen the family in years, I often drive by their old house when visiting my mother and think of them and how they are doing. This is a sad day, and he will truly be missed.