Glenn Charles Morse, 89, of Beverly, formerly of Milford and Manchester-by-the-Sea, passed away on March 14 from complications due to dementia. Born in Milford, he was the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Glennon) Morse of Dilla St.
A proud member of the St. Mary’s High School class of 1949, Glenn was a standout athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. He attended Dean Academy in Franklin for a post graduate year and upon graduation, he played first base for the minor league baseball team affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in Montpelier, VT. Quickly realizing that he couldn’t hit the curve ball, Glenn accepted a football scholarship to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he played until an injury ended his football career and resulted in him enlisting in the U.S. Army.
Glenn proudly served with the 8603rd Army Security Agency (ASA) during the Korean War with stints in The Philippines, Japan, and Korea from 1952 to 1955. In 2018, he was honored with other surviving Korean War veterans, with the Ambassador for Peace medal by the Republic of Korea in a MA State House ceremony.
Upon release from service, Glenn attended Boston University under the GI Bill and became the first member of his family to graduate from college in 1959. His careers led him to travel around the world with BOAC (now British Airways) and back to his final career as Director of Purchasing for Essex County government in Salem where he retired in 1999. He was a proud elected member of the Essex Regional Retirement Board from 1998 to 2010 and loved helping his fellow county retirees.
Glenn enjoyed a long and healthy retirement, filled with golf, travel, Wheeler’s Point lunches, cribbage, Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Manchester Club, and great times with friends and family, especially his seven grandchildren. Throughout his retirement years, his thirst for travel kept him busy visiting Hawaii, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Italy, France, Iceland, England, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Portugal, Denmark, and Belgium.
Surviving him are three sons, Bradford Morse of Westborough, Craig Morse and his wife Sandra of Glenview, IL, and Darrick Morse and his wife Yasmin of Cardiff, CA; seven grandchildren, Paige, Gavin, CJ, Owen, Mikayla, Charlie, and Parker; a sister-in-law Marguerite “Peggy” Morse of Naples, FL, and many wonderful nephews and niece. Glenn was predeceased by his sister Virginia Martinez and three brothers, Charles, James, and Joseph Morse.
His visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Monday, March 29th from 2.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. Please observe Covid-19 protocols. His Funeral Mass and Internment will be held on Tuesday, March 30th at 10:00 a.m.at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, followed by a private burial in Foxboro. In lieu of flowers, donations in Glenn’s name may be made to BU’s Concussion Legacy Foundation at ConcussionFoundation.org or Troop 3 Boy Scouts of America, 74 School St., Manchester, MA 01944.