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Charles A. Morgan, Jr.

February 25, 1921 ~ November 7, 2021 (age 100)


Charles A. Morgan, Jr., “Ed,” former Canton attorney, resident of The Danbury of Massillon, passed away on November 7, 2021. He was 100 ½ years old. Charles (“Ed”) lived a full life, and will be greatly missed by his family and a wide range of colleagues and acquaintances. He was a kind and generous man, always with an optimistic outlook.  He worked himself through school by sailing on the JAMES C. WALLACE with the Interlake Steamship Company on the Great Lakes and with the Reiss Steamship Company aboard the STR PETER REISS. Mr. Morgan was a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. As an undergraduate, he was Student Body President. In 1940, he joined the 107th Cavalry (Equine) in Shaker Lakes, Ohio.  When faced with the replacement of his horse with a motorcycle, Ed enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and earned his wings at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He went on to serve as a Captain in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific Theatre where he was a squadron leader with VMSB 241 in Dauntless SBD-2s during World War II. For his efforts there, he received 7 Air Medals and 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses as a dive bomber pilot fighting to thwart the Japanese invasion.

After the war, he returned to Ohio and earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan School of Law. Subsequently, in the practice of law, he served as a labor mediator and arbitrator, primarily in Ohio, with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs (formerly Amerman Burt & Jones). In his later years, he traveled frequently to Michigan, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and was known for his calm reasoning and resolution skills amid heated and contentious negotiations between labor and management.  He practiced law from 1948 until 2006.

Ed was an avid outdoorsman, notably, a power boater and sailor. He was a life member of the US Power Squadron, where he taught classes in safety and navigation and member of Atwood Yacht Club, where he served as commodore in 1980. in Sherrodsville, Ohio.  In his early days as a lawyer, he taught night school at William McKinley School of Law in Canton, where one of his students was former Congressman Ralph Regula.  

Ed served on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations, including the Deuble Foundation and Aultman Hospital.  

Ed traveled extensively with his family and was especially fond of Spain and Argentina. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Adams (Polly) Paige Morgan, who passed away in 2010, to whom he had been married for 67 years., also preceded by his sister, Mary K. Noland. He is survived by his children, Brian (Christy) Morgan of Massillon, OH, Megan Morgan (Craig Fischer), of Takoma Park, MD; four grandchildren, Shawn and Heidi Morgan and Lincoln (Ashley) and Lillian Fischer; and two great-granddaughters, Aya Johnson and Alessandra Morgan.

An Episcopal Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 12 noon, with Father Philip Kunder officiating.  Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be private following the service in North Lawn Cemetery. Mask and social distancing will be observed.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Disabled American Vets or the Stark County Humane society.

 The family wishes to thank all the myriad of his caregivers over the years.

“It is our duty,” Cicero tells us, “to honor and revere those whose lives are conspicuous for conduct in keeping with their high ethical standards and who, as true patriots, have rendered . . . efficient service to their country.”

 Semper Fi.

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