Marlin "Mikey" Morris Sr - age: 93
(April 29, 1928 to November 03, 2021
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
In Memory of Marlin “ Mikey” Morris
Marlin Arthur Morris Sr. passed away on November 3 rd , 2021 at Gosnell House in Scarborough, ME.
Marlin was born on April 29 th , 1928 in Saco to Clinton Morris and Helen C. (Burnham) Morris. Marlin was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary B. Morris of 72 years. Marlin leaves behind his daughter Mary Jane Morris, son Marlin Morris Jr., his “ favorite” daughter Judy Johnsen, granddaughter Angelia Morris, grandson Casey Morris and his wife Autumn, and great grandchildren Lilah, Cameron, Zackery, Kyra, and his “favorite boy-dog" Tucker.
Marlin enjoyed growing up on Portland Avenue and fishing the Mill Pond when he was younger. Marlin would tell stories about how he and his father would cut and haul ice from the Mill Pond to store in their ice box. When the kids would go swimming leeches would have to be picked off each other and then they could head downtown and get hotdogs for lunch. Marlin could recall then Portland Ave was a dirt road and the trolley would come from downtown and turn around at the corner of Ross Rd. Marlin witnessed so many changes to his hometown over his life. One summer, Marlin was riding his motorcycle with friends when they stopped to have dinner with a friend’s relative. During this dinner he would meet Mary Junkins. Mary moved down the street from the Morris family in her early twenties and they became close. After dating for a few years, Mary and Marlin went north to Fort Fairfield to pick potatoes and enjoy a motorcycle ride with their friends. While up north, they exchanged vows on September 25th, 1949. The following year, Mary Jane was born August 20th, 1950 and 8 years later Marlin Jr. on July 21 st 1958.
Marlin worked with his father Clinton for many years gaining a vast knowledge and lifelong love of carpentry. Marlin spent more than 25 years teaching carpentry at the Maine Youth Center in South Portland. He retired from teaching to become a stern man on the ‘Barbarba Jean’ out of Pine Point with his cousin in law and friend Captain Bruce. Finally, he retired again to be a full time grampy and great-grampy.
Motorcycling on his Indian was one of his greatest hobbies when he was younger. Marlin spent many hours in his “shop” making all sorts of crafts or taking on projects for friends and family. Once his grandson Casey was born, they were inseparable. “Grampy” spent 37 years being the best mentor a boy could ask for. Marlin loved getting visits from his friend Charlie up the hill while he watched traffic go by in the screened garage and spent weekends away with the Turner family looking for moose. Snowmobiling, fishing, photographing wildlife, doing crosswords or puzzles, and spending time with family are all fond memories we’ll miss about his amazing life.