Robert W. Morse passed away peacefully at home Nov. 28 after a valiant battle against brain cancer.
Morse was a captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and an expert marksman who won numerous trophies and medals on the Army Pistol Team. Later, he enjoyed competing in pistol matches at the Senior Games in Florida.
He was active in the Norwich University Alumni Association, community affairs in Englewood, served for years on the board of his homeowners association, participated in the local computer club and the genealogy club and the Morse Society.
He showed his love for Norwich University and Stoneham High School by compiling biographies of classmates for their 50th reunion and representing Norwich at high school career fairs in Florida.
Norwich reunions were a highlight in his life where he could meet his buddies with whom he enjoyed deeply satisfying lifelong friendships.
Morse wrote a book about the Morse Museum in Warren, N.H., telling stories of African safaris and world travels made by his father and grandfather as they collected curios displayed in the museum for more than 60 years. (see www.themorsemuseumstory.com).
A loving and devoted husband to his wife, Bunny, for 54 years. he is survived by his wife, Beatrice A. (Henderson) Morse, brother, Philip M. Morse Jr.; stepsisters, Sally Wolfe and Elizabeth Morse; sons, William and Brian; daughter-in-law, Debra; granddaughters, Jamie, Erin, Hannah; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and granddogs.
A warm and gentle person with a special gift for dry humor that gave everyone a good laugh, his enduring friendship is cherished by his classmates and friends. He rests peacefully with his Lord now, but his spirit lives within all of us who were touched by him. Use his spirit to show kindness to others and turn your sorrow into joy.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Englewood United Methodist Church (englewoodumc.net) in the Doan Chapel. Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be held later at the Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Englewood Helping Hand, 700 East Dearborn St., Englewood FL 34223.
Express condolences to the family at lemonbayfh.com.