Thomas J. Mor­ris

Septem­ber 15, 2017

The Citizens' Voice - - OBITUARIES / NATION -

Dr. Thomas J. Mor­ris lived one hell of a life. He died re­luc­tantly Sept. 15, 2017, in the home he built from the ground up, sur­rounded by fam­ily. He said he couldn’t be­lieve it be­cause he still felt 16.

His story over the course of his 66 years is, first and fore­most, about love. He loved his fam­ily, pa­tients, and life be­yond mea­sure. He was the proud alum­nus of Wy­oming Val­ley West High School, Wilkes Col­lege, Mary­wood Univer­sity and Tem­ple Univer­sity.

Tom founded and served as pres­i­dent of Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­men­tal Ser­vices Inc., one of the largest men­tal and be­hav­ioral health ser­vice com­pa­nies for geri­atrics in North­east Penn­syl­va­nia. He ded­i­cated his ca­reer to the ser­vice of oth­ers, touch­ing thou­sands of lives along the way. He al­ways said if you love what you do, then you won’t work a day in your life. In his 44 years of prac­tice as a psy­chol­o­gist and so­cial worker, he would tell you he never worked a day.

Lit­tle do some know, Tom was also a sleight of hand ma­gi­cian, am­a­teur singer/ song­writer, Civil War and Ti­tanic buff, wine con­nois­seur, poet, jet set­ter, ten­nis pro, rac­quet­ball champion, and a force to be reck­oned with on a wrestling mat. Up un­til his last days, he was still tim­ing his stand-up.

Tom was a fierce com­peti­tor on a golf course, ev­i­dent by his hole-in-one, and be­lieved, even on his worst day, his drive ri­valed Tiger Woods. He was his monthly poker game’s great­est an­noy­ance for win­ning more than he lost.

Tom was al­ways a friend in need’s first call, and a crossword puz­zle’s worst en­emy. He had a re­bel­lious spirit, and was hap­pi­est with the top down, mu­sic blast­ing, driv­ing far too fast on the side roads of the val­ley. For any­one that has ever met him, it was clear that his ac­com­plish­ments pale in com­par­i­son to his le­gendary sense of hu­mor, self­less­ness, and bound­less kind­ness.

But above all else, Tom was a fam­ily man. He was a de­voted hus­band and lov­ing fa­ther.

He is sur­vived by his right-hand woman, col­lege sweet­heart and wife of 44 years, Feli­cia Z. Mor­ris; daugh­ter, Dr. Alexan­dra Mor­ris; son, Thomas P. Mor­ris; mother, Jean Mor­ris; brother-in- law, Paul Sharon; and beloved dogs, Is­abelle, Zoey, and Zulu.

He is pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Thomas B. Mor­ris; and sis­ter, Mar­lene Sharon.

When he wasn’t danc­ing with Feli­cia and hop­ing that ev­ery­one was watch­ing, you could find him on the beach with a rum punch in one hand and the lat­est James Pat­ter­son in the other. Please join us to cel­e­brate a life well-lived, a man very loved, and have a fi­nal round on Tom.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Fri­day from Ma­mary-Durkin Funeral Ser­vice, 59 Par­rish St., Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be­gin at 10 a.m. in St. Aloy­sius Church, Wilkes-Barre. In­ter­ment will be in St. Mary’s Ceme­tery, Hanover Twp. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs­day at Ma­mary-Durkin Funeral Ser­vice.

For friends who wish to con­trib­ute, please send me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions to Tom’s fa­vorite char­i­ties: Blue Chip Farm An­i­mal Refuge in Dal­las and St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal.

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