Elmer's Story

ADDISON - Elmer Patrick Morris, 88, of Addison died peacefully on June 10 surrounded by family at his home in Wescogus.

Elmer was a simple man, who found the most pleasure in a hard day's work well done. He grew up on Wescogus corner, during the Great Depression, one of six children of Bert & Bernice Morris. His parents instilled in him a strong work ethic which became a defining factor in his life and one that he passed on to his children. After graduating he answered the call to serve his country in WWII traveling away from his beloved home to serve until the war ended. Upon his return he worked wherever he could make a dollar until he found his true calling of construction work. Elmer became one of the most noted & sought after crane & dredge operators in New England. He and a handful of other "old time" greats traveled everywhere working wherever a job could be found supporting their families. Later he owned & operated his own construction business along with several other retail businesses that continue to operate and bear his name today.

Elmer is survived by his children, grand, great & great-great grandchildren; his son, Elmer "Ab" Morris; his daughter Trinity S. Morris and her much loved siblings Kerri McKenney & Zane Strout; grandchildren Willard & Kristina Bailey, Kim, Zachary & Kyle Look, Becka, Keegan & Khloe Reynolds, Cameron, Brae-don, & Greyson Morris, & Abel Schoppee; one sister, Norma Helming and a special sister-in-law, Maxine Morris. Elmer is predeceased by his son, Dana C. Morris and his daughter, Terry Bailey Emerson.

Graveside services will be held at the Wescogus Cemetery across from Elmer's home at 411 Indian River Rd. on Sunday, June 19 at 3pm.

In the last months of his life Elmer's one simple joy was watching the trucks drive past his home. Any kind of truck, from the humblest, littlest dump truck, to the biggest, showy tractor trailer. In lieu of flowers the family requests all that are able to bring your work truck, antique truck or any other kind of truck and join us at Elmer's Discount at 2:30 on Sunday for one last ride following Elmer's beloved, red freightliner, carrying him to his final resting place. Put on your best work clothes and make sure your airhorn works, your engine break is loud and join us in celebrating Elmer's life.

Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge, where online condolences may be sent: www.bragdonkelley.com.
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