Waine E. Morse, 89, of Greenfield slipped into eternity, peacefully at his home, on 5/10/23. He lovingly rejoined his beloved wife of 50 years who predeceased him in 2011. He is survived by one child and several nieces and nephews.
He was proud to trace his ancestry back to Samuel Morse who with his wife, Elizabeth and son, Joseph, embarked for New England on the sailing ship Increase on April 15, 1635. Upon arrival at the Massachusetts Bay Puritan Colony, they settled in Watertown.
He was a graduate of Greenfield High School in 1951 then Springfield College. He did graduate work at Elms College and the University of Massachusetts. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began his teaching career in Northfield. He then worked in Springfield, Shelburne Falls and finally Greenfield until retirement.
He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Greenfield. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a member of the Republican Lodge of Masons in Greenfield and the 32nd degree Scottish Rite Masons Northern Jurisdiction-Valley of Boston.
He had a longtime interest in history and collecting. He constructed a turn of the century historic museum village on a portion of his property, known as Old Greenfield Village, that he operated after retirement. Articles about the project were written by the Recorder, the Springfield Republican, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times. It was a feature article in Yankee Magazine in December of 1989 title "The Man Who Built a Town in His Backyard". He appeared in segments on tv programs that aired in Springfield and Boston. He was especially proud to have appeared on the NBC Today Show with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric in August of 2002. The museum was visited by people from all around the world.
In keeping with Waine's request for simplicity, private graveside services will be conducted at the West Deerfield Cemetery, Deerfield, MA, with Kurt Pearson of the First United Methodist Church of Greenfield officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the 54th Massachusetts ANG, assisted by the Hale – Clapp VFW Post #3295 of South Deerfield. Waine is to be interred with his beloved wife Margaret and with his parents Harold and Ruth Morse.
The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield / Turners Falls, MA, are entrusted with Waine's care and arrangements. Waine's family is appreciative of your understanding for privacy at this time and welcome expression's of remembrance and affection to be directed to Waine's Tribute Wall @www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com
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