Mr. Dean Walter Morrissey

October 1, 1951March 4, 2021

MORRISSEY, Dean Walter – of Marshfield, formerly of Scituate passed away on March 4, 2021. He was the husband of Shan (Crete) Morrissey, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife and his daughter. He was the devoted and loving father of Ani C. Morrissey and the late Kate C. Morrissey. He was so pleased to have passed his creative genes to his beloved daughter Ani.

Born in Quincy on October 1, 1951, he was the son of Mary (Luce) Zimbone of Quincy, and the late Dennis Morrissey. He was a 1969 graduate of North Quincy High School where he first met his lifelong friends David and Michele, and went on to become a lineman, where he met some of his greatest friends, Joel and Nelson. Dean was a self taught master painter. After many years of illustrating book covers, he began to write his own stories, and had huge success with his stunning book “Ship of Dreams” which won a Best Illustrated Book Award from the Society of Illustrators, and a the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award. Like one of his favorites, Norman Rockwell, his friends and family were models for many of his paintings. Dean continued to paint and write, publishing many other richly illustrated children’s books. Dean was also an accomplished guitarist, and cherished the years he played with John and Joe. Dean was also known for his sense of humor, and his Irish ability to spin a tale. Dean was a friend of Bill Wilson since the 1980’s, and left this world grateful for each day.

Loving brother of Bryan Morrissey of Hingham, Janet Morrissey of Scituate and the late Gary Morrissey. Brother in law to Joanne Morrissey, Christine Vella, Terri and Neil Meehan, Doug and Jodie Crete, Dan and Kellie Crete. Uncle of Gary Morrisey, David Morrissey, Patrick Morrissey, the late Samantha Sawan, Amanda Morrissey, Terence Morrissey, Kelly Morrissey, Alanna Conrick, James Meehan, Sean Meehan, Jeremy Crete, Hailley Crete, Ben Crete, Tapper Crete, Addie Crete. Dean is also survived by his dear cousins, and several great nieces and nephews.

As this pandemic changes the way we join together to mourn and celebrate our beautiful husband, father, brother and friend, there will be a Celebration of Life when the weather is warmer and we can gather again. If folks would like to contribute to a charity in his memory, we have chosen the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,, Father Bill’s, and the Come as You Are Coalition


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Mr. Dean Walter Morrissey

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Beth Monaco

March 28, 2021

Shan and Ani,

We are very sorry to hear about Dean’s death. We always enjoyed talking with him and were amazed by his artistic talent. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. His talent will never be forgotten. I will read his story, The Ship of Dreams with my students in memory of him.

Beth and Mike Monaco

Steve Moran

March 26, 2021

Heartbroken to hear of Dean's passing for his family. Dean's Ship of Dreams captivated my childhood expectations of fantasy made real by his art. I have shared Dean's work with my children and nieces & nephews as a cherished standard of childhood dreams.
Blessings to all of you who know & love Dean. His love, laughter & art are everlasting.


March 19, 2021

Sending tender thoughts out to all Dean's family...
I met Dean one evening during a Greenwich Workshop seminar in Scottsdale AZ . I approached him there that evening as he looked a bit lost and that is how I felt being there for my first seminar meeting artists. We had a very nice visit. Even though our paths never crossed again, our time shared there was indeed special and unforgettable. I owned a gallery in Medford, Oregon at the time. I can testify to all the nice things everyone has mentioned here. He truly personified a thoughtful, soft spoken, kind hearted special person who thought deeply about people he new. He mentioned his wife and daughter and shared the many things and thoughts that inspired his artwork. We truly have all been blessed by knowing Dean Morrissey ... even for those of us who shared only a brief hour or two one evening.
Thank you Dean Morrissey.
My heartfelt wishes go out to each of his dear family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

Chris Toto Zaremba

March 12, 2021

Dean was more than a neighbor in Scituate West End. Like so many here, he was a creative soul. Creatives have the advantage of touching so many people and leaving so much behind for us to remember them by. My family have treasured the books he has left us messages in.
To his family, keep your memories close, share your stories and laugh. He will always be with you. He is just on the 'other side' where dreams are formed...

Sharon Agersea

March 12, 2021

I have enjoyed Dean's art for many years. He will be missed. God has quite the art gallery we will all enjoy one day.
Thoughts &Prayers to his family.

John Lawson

March 10, 2021

Through the years , from back in the days on Wilson Court and beyond , Dean would always be the coolest guy I would ever know. It was always a privilege to spend time with him and his sense of humor.
He had a great deal of humility. Dean made you feel what you were saying to be of importance , as he listened so intently , though it was his words that carried weight.
To Shan , Ani , A. Mary , Janet and Bryan our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. From John , Mary and the family , Dean was a good soul and we will miss him so.

Lance Van Lenten

March 10, 2021

We are so sad to learn of Dean’s passing. He was an immensely talented and loving person. Deepest condolences to Shan, Ani and everyone else who has been impacted by this loss. Please let us know when a memorial service will happen. Love, Kris and Lance

Michael Corwin

March 9, 2021

A true friend for over 40 years...

Patrick Leahy

March 8, 2021

Our prayers for you Dean and your family. It’s heartbreaking to know we will not see you and talk with you at your appearances in Gettysburg in the future. We are so lucky that we own several of your beautiful works. You will always be rememberedin our hearts. 🙏🏻

Roger Conboy

March 8, 2021

Mary, Janet, Bryan, Shan and Ani I am so very sorry for your loss. Dean was a great person and a very talented artist. I have many fond memories while growing up with him in our Clark St. / Wilson Court neighborhood. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all.