Thomas J. Morris
September 15, 2017
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.