William H. Morgan Jr.

November 30, 1929June 21, 2020

The world is a little less bright without William (Bill) Morgan, of Livingston, who passed on June 21. He is survived by his wife Anne of 63 years, with whom he built an extraordinary life. Bill was born in East Orange on November 30, 1929 to William and Elsie (Allten) Morgan and grew up in the Vailsburg section of Newark. He attended Newark Central High School before receiving a BS and MS in engineering from Newark College of Engineering (the predecessor to New Jersey Institute of Engineering).

Anne and Bill moved to Livingston in 1960 where they built their life and raised their family. He is survived by his four children and their spouses Bill and Terry Morgan, Greg and Lori Morgan, Joyce and Mark Benson, and Maureen Liddy and Will Textores; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Bill dedicated his career to aviation engineering and was most proud of his work on the SR-71 and the Shuttle project. At the age of 90, Bill was only one year retired from his second career as a crossing guard for the area schools where he brought as much joy to the community as it brought to him. Any person lucky enough to have known him was surely touched by his knack for living life to the fullest. His legacy lives on in his family whom he encouraged and inspired to never stop learning, think outside the box, and enjoy a good laugh. He will be remembered for his love of math, science, crossword puzzles, playing bridge, an afternoon martini, and his masterful architecture of Christmas Villages. But most importantly no one will forget the warmth of his genuine love and pride of family.

Bill was a veteran of the US Army. He was an active member of the Livingston Old Guard and perennially worked as a voting poll official.

The funeral will be held at St. Raphael's Church at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 24, where Bill and Anne were founding members of the parish. Bill was quite active in the parish where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and bingo caller.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to St. Raphael’s church in Livingston.


  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Interment

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


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Doug Adamo

June 25, 2020

Mr Morgan and his family were a second family to me when we lost our Dad in 1963. I will always remember and appreciate his kindness toward me and the other scouts of St. Raphael's Troop 80. Truly a great man and will be missed by many. Blessings.

Bernadette Pilchman

June 25, 2020

I was fortunate to have known Bill in two different settings - as an avid bridge player who always sat at Table 3, and as the crossing guard at Hillside School. Bill was already at Hillside when I arrived in 1997 and he continued to shepard the children to safety after I left in 2011. I remember him as a kind, gentle and caring man. I was fortunate to have known him.

Diane Radwill

June 25, 2020

I was the director for Bill’s Wednesday evening bridge games. His early arrival always brightened my day. He was kind to his opponents, enjoyed the company of the other players, and was such a good, good man. I am so very sad to learn of his death. Please accept my condolences.

Ralph Bonanno

June 24, 2020

I have great memories of Bill. Him and my late father were very active at St Raphael’s for decades. I attended the parish school with his kids and remember well being an altar boy with his sons. My memories of him stretch over 40 years and are numerous. But his gentleness and kindness towards me, esp after my dad passed in 2016 are what I’ll always remember him for. I was privileged to know him and will miss him dearly.

Karen and Gregory Kundla

June 22, 2020

Two aspects of Bill shine brightly for us: his voice that filled the church with his beautiful and inspiring presentation of the Word of God and his never-ending desire to help others to be able to share with the same enthusiasm. His kindness to everyone in the parish (and, undoubtedly, everywhere he went) was palatable. He glowed, and his eyes twinkled, when he told a story that helped you understand any fact that might have come up in conversation. He loved words and their nuances. He will be dearly missed.
We hope that his family will find consolation in the fact that his spirit is forever with us!

John Di Popolo

June 22, 2020

The Morgan’s where our neighbors for over 28 years you couldn’t ask for better neighbors. Bill will be remembered as the most kindest and pleasant person you could meet. Our condolences to the entire Morgan family.
Geraldine and John Di Popolo