William Morris, 79, died May 8, 2010, from pneumonia.

Mr. Morris was born July 30, 1930, and grew up in southern New Hampshire and southern Maine.

He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1951, and served as an ensign in the Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Morris then worked as an electrical engineer before becoming an industrial arts teacher, and eventually department head, for Newburyport High School where he worked from 1966 until his retirement.

He married Natalie Morris of Newburyport, Mass., in 1951, where the couple lived during their 57-year marriage and raised two children, John William Morris, and Catherine Morris Killoran.

His wife, Natalie, passed in 2008.

In 2008, Mr. Morris, who was fighting Alzheimer's disease, moved to Kent to live with his daughter, Catherine Killoran, and her husband, Robin.

Mr. Morris made friends at the New Milford Senior Center, enjoying lunches and bingo.

He moved to The Kent Specialty Care Center in March, 2010, where he enjoyed numerous new friends and activities. The caring staff of The Flanders Unit enriched his life.

Mr. Morris leaves a daughter, Catherine, and her husband, Robin Killoran, of Kent; a son, John, and his wife, Lisa Morris; and two grandchildren, Benjamin Morris, 16, and Johanna Morris, 11 of Gilford, N.H.

All are welcome to a Memorial Mass today (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, Mass.

A reception will then be held, hosted by Maryellen Duffy and family, at 17 Beacon St. in Amesbury, Mass.

Memorial donations in Mr. Morris' name may be made to Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, 67 Water St., Suite 105, Laconia, NH 03246.