William (Bill) Morgan

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The world is a little less bright without William (Bill) Morgan, of Livingston, who passed on June 21. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anne, with whom he built an extraordinary life. Bill was born in East Orange on November 30, 1929, to William and Elsie (Allten) Morgan, and grew up in the Vailsburg section of Newark. He attended Newark Central High School before receiving a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from the Newark College of Engineering (the predecessor to New Jersey Institute of Engineering).

Anne and Bill moved to Livingston in 1960, where they built their life and raised their family. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Bill and Terry Morgan, Greg and Lori Morgan, Joyce and Mark Benson, and Maureen Liddy and Will Textores; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Bill dedicated his career to aviation engineering and was most proud of his work on the SR-71 and the Shuttle project. At the age of 90, Bill was only one year retired from his second Spring career as a crossing guard for the area school, where he brought as much joy to the community as it brought to him.

Any person lucky enough to have known him was surely touched by his knack for living life to the fullest. His legacy lives on in his family whom he encouraged and inspired to never stop learning, think outside the box, and enjoy a good laugh. He will be remembered for his love of math, science, crossword puzzles, playing bridge, an afternoon martini, and his masterful architecture of Christmas Villages. But most importantly, no one will forget the warmth of his genuine love and pride of family.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an active member of the Livingston Old Guard and perennially worked as a voting poll official.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, June 24, at St. Raphael’s Church, of which Bill and Anne were founding members. Bill was quite active in the parish, where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and bingo caller.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to St. Raphael’s Church in Livingston.

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