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December 1, 2023
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Turners Falls , MA - Edward Joseph Morin, 88, a resident of 65 Randall Road, passed peacefully at home on December 1st, 2023, following a period of declining health. A native of Montague, he was born April 18, 1935, to John & Roseanna (Roy) Morin. He was one of 15 children and grew up in the section of Turners Falls known as "Rabbit Hill". Ed or "Sam" as he was known, was educated in Montague public schools. He entered the U.S. Navy May of 1952 and served aboard the U.S.S. Cascade and the U.S.S. Everett R. Larson during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman April 1956.
He married Beverly Ann Ambrose on March 20th, 1954, and they celebrated their 69th anniversary earlier this year. Once separated from the military, Sam held positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a union laborer, locally as a carpenter, and later with UMASS as maintenance personnel and a mason. Primarily, Sam was engaged in the swimming pool business for most of his life. First with Apollo Pools, after which he created his own business, Sam's Pools. You have likely swam in a pool built, sold, or serviced by him. Honest and fair, he was known as the "go to guy" in the business. He had hundreds of customers all of whom he called friends.
Much of Sam's later years were spent traveling with his wife Beverly and often his dear friend Ted Smith – a lifelong friendship forged during his time in the Navy. They also took many trips in their mobile home and spent the winter months in Port St. Lucie, Florida near their daughter Ann. Sam and Beverly were very family oriented and hosted many pool parties over the years with both family and friends. He loved and adored his grandchildren, and to them he was known as Pep'ere. He literally glowed when spending time with them. He held a special place in his heart for his niece Dawn Marie Morin and granddaughter Jackie Rhodes, who frequented the door with special dishes and consistently spent time with them and helped them both in and out of the home.
Sam was a life member of the Montague Elk's Lodge, the Loyal Order of Moose, Miller's Falls Rod and Gun Club (past President for 10 years), and was affiliated with the VFW and American Legion for many years. He will be sorely missed by his Elk, Moose and Rod and Gun Club members, as well as his Thursday night card buddies. Sam was an avid New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and UMASS fan, and followed college football every week.
In addition to his wife Beverly, Sam is lovingly remembered by his children: son – Michael and his wife Kimberley Kay (Finley) and daughter – Ann Marie and partner Bill Connor. Grandchildren; Evan and Alex Jablonski, Joshua, Jenna, and Jackie (Rhodes) Morin. Great-Grandchildren; Jacob Jablonski, Cassie (Kai) Szymanski, Jewel Gifford, and Carson Rhodes. His siblings: Cheryl Smith, Roseanna Murley, Doris Barbeau, Wilfred, Robert, Richard, Donald and Kenneth Morin. Sam was predeceased by his parents and siblings Loretta Demers, George Morin, Marion Clink and Mae Kosewicz.
In keeping with Sam's preference for simplicity there will be no funeral services and interment to take place. Instead a Celebration of Life will take place at a future date, place and time to be announced. Full military honors will be observed at that time, as Sam was a proud Navy veteran. A detachment of the U.S.N. will be in attendance to honor him for his patriotism during the Korean Conflict and will present our nation's colors to his wife and family.
In Sam's memory contributions can be made to the Nonketotis Hyperglycemia Foundation at Norte Dame University, in care of Boler Parseghian Center for Rare Diseases, 107 Galvin Life, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Sam's care and arrangements have been entrusted to the McCarthy Funeral Homes. Expressions of affection may be directed to Sam's Tribute Wall @www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com