David L. Morrow

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David L. Morrow

May 02, 1948 - January 10, 2019

David L. Morrow Amesbury - David L. Morrow, age 70, longtime resident of Amesbury, died Thursday morning, January 10, 2019 at Anna Jaques Hospital with his beloved wife, Cathy, at his side.
Born in Canton, Ohio, May 2, 1948, he was the son of the late Harold E. and Doris E. (Kryder) Morrow and was a graduate of Mt. Union College, Class of 1970, with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, then went on to continue music studies at Harvard Extension School. From musician to conductor, composer and teacher, music was his life’s story and he enjoyed it all. David was the organist at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester, from 1973 until 1993, as well as serving as organist at the St. Joseph’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Amesbury from 1998 until 2013 and the Belleville Congregational Church of Newburyport from 2007 until 2015. During his lifetime career as a musician, David also taught music in several school districts as well as giving countless private lessons. He was also a conductor and composer, playing in various musical venues throughout the New England area, and as a member of the Screen Actors Guild had numerous small roles in local productions, as well as in major motion pictures, including: The Perfect Storm, The Proposal and Meet Joe Black.
Although music was at the center of his life, his happiest moments were those spent with his loving family, who could not have been any prouder of the man that he was, the man who loved them dearly.
David is survived by his devoted wife, Cathy A. (Bessinger) Morrow; two children, Jennifer Banacos and husband, Peter of Milton, VT and Brian Morrow and wife Darlene of Smithsburg, MD; step-son, Stephen Hanish and wife Dawn of Amesbury; five grandchildren, Carson, George, Julia, Emily and Hawk; a step-grandson, Michael; a sister, Susan Vincent and her family of Ohio, along with extended family, many friends, colleagues, and students. They will always treasure the fond memories they shared with him.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church of the Holy Family Parish, 2 School Street, Amesbury. Burial will be private. Donations in memory of David can be made to Our Neighbors Table, P. O. Box 592, Amesbury, MA 01913, or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published on January 12, 2019
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Mark McDowell
Jan 15, 2019
Dear Cathy and family,
David and I were great friends in college - we rented a house together in Alliance. He was an extraordinarily passionate musician in his playing, conducting and composing. He will be greatly missed.
Janet Wackenhut Michaelsen
Jan 13, 2019
David and I were friends at Mount Union College, fellow musicians. David taught me to love Brahms and I never hear those symphonies without thinking of him. Even now, I can still imagine him conducting the first symphony as the tympani begins. What fun times we had! My condolences to his family!
Penelope Padmore
Jan 13, 2019
My condolences to your family. David was a great person, and he will be missed.
Lenora Hicks Pulliam
Jan 13, 2019
My condolences to your family for uh our loss.
God Bless you and your family. 💞💞
Donna Sargent
Jan 13, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of David. You two have been
thoughtful, kind, helpful neighbors for twenty years now.
I'm next door if you need someone to chat with.
Linda Orsini
Jan 13, 2019
Dear Cathy, my deepest condolences on your loss. David was truly a very special person.
Patty Clifford
Jan 12, 2019
May God bless him and,eepz him in His care.
What an accomplished man he was!
Much love to you and your family, Cathy