THOMAS MORRIS

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WILLISTON — Thomas Morris of Williston, formerly of Essex, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 19 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Feb. 13, 1938 in Cambuslang, Scotland to Thomas and Anne (Dawson) Morris.  After graduating from Coatbridge Technical College he moved to Montreal, Quebec where he worked at Standard Structural Steel.

Tom met his wife, Sheila Ann Waite, of Alburgh, in 1962.  They married and lived in Montreal for four years where their first two children were born.  Tom and Sheila later moved to Alburgh, and then Pittsfield, Mass., where their third child was born.

Tom worked in Pittsfield for Nash Steel Corp. for many years and then became self-employed as a structural steel detailer for most of his career after returning to Vermont.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila, his children, Penny and her husband Tim Eaton of Williston, Robert and his wife, Carmen Morris, of Biddeford, Maine, and Thomas and his wife, Michelle Morris, of Litchfield, N.H.; his grandchildren, Nicholas Morris, Ian Morris, Owen Morris, and Nia Morris.  He is also survived by his brothers; Andrew Morris and wife, Elizabeth of Westburn, Scotland, William Morris and wife, Barbara of Stowmarket, England, his sister in law, Candice Bullock and husband, Michael of Hinesburg, his brothers in law; Russell Waite and Richard Waite and his wife, Diane and several nieces and nephews including special nieces; Karen Bullock; Anne, Carole and Irene Morris.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jessie, and parents, Thomas and Anne Morris.

Tom will be dearly missed by his family and friends who enjoyed his Scottish brogue, quick wit and willingness to always lend a hand. He liked gardening, listening to Scottish music, dancing and cooking.  He loved spending time with his family and made frequent visits to see his children and grandchildren.

He was a member of the Ethan Allen Masonic Lodge #72, The St. Andrews Society of Vermont, The St. Andrews Pipes and Band, and the Montreal Sons of Scotland.

A remembrance and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7 in Milton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the VNA Hospice of the Champlain Valley, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT  05446, or American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495-1460

Online condolences can be made at www.minorfh.com.