Harold Ernest “Harry” Morriseau, Jr. of Attleboro passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on December 17, 2020 after a brief period of declining health.
Harry was born September 1, 1933 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital to Harold Ernest, Sr. and Beatrice Evelyn (Pineo) Morriseau. Following his parents’ untimely passing before Harry was 11 years old, he and his sister Charlotte lived with their maternal grandparents, Emery Sr. and Reta (Coffin) Pineo on Hawthorn Street. Extended family contributed time, attention, and affection to his upbringing, especially Uncle Emery, Jr. and Aunt Mary Pineo, as well as Uncle Eddie and Aunt Virginia (Pineo) Roth, and many others. Harry’s gratitude was expressed by his desire to help others.
Harry’s character was defined by his dedication and work ethic, to his wife and children, his friends, his job, his hometown, and his country. He served as a young man in the U.S. Army during the Korean war until his honorable discharge. While in the infantry he married the love of his life, Dorothy Rose Gonsalves, on October 22, 1955. For much of his life Harry was a loyal employee of the United Parcel Service for 35 years until his retirement. Harry and Dorothy shared over 60 years of marriage until her passing in 2016. They raised their 6 children in Attleboro in the home that he built. He valued the importance of education for his children and was immensely proud of the accomplishments in his family. Two of his children earned The James E. Casey Scholarship. Named for the company’s founder and awarded to applicants from the children of UPS employees, Harry’s eldest son Brian used the scholarship to attend MIT and his eldest daughter Lois used hers at Brown University, both completing degrees. He loved hat his daughter Lynn earned her master’s degree and his eldest grandson Wallace earned a doctorate.
Harry’s love of the outdoors and of being active was obvious in how he spent his time. In his youth he played daily in Capron Park, which he last visited on his 87th birthday. Harry also attended the YMCA from his teen years through age 85 and frequently volunteered for the American Legion post 115, making lasting friendships. He participated in parades, memorial services, marking veterans’ graves with flags, placing wreaths, and driving the veteran’s van. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America, assisting Troop 37 and encouraging all of his children to participate in scouting. Harry could often be found doing yard work, gardening across the street on his father-in-law’s John Deere tractor, or swimming in the family pool.
His idea of a perfect day was going with Dorothy to visit Heritage Gardens in Sandwich, bicycling along the Cape Cod Canal, and sharing a meal of clam cakes and chowder. Family vacations were spent camping in New England, Pennsylvania, or Nova Scotia where he visited the one room schoolhouse his father attended. Harry loved the open road and led the family to see out-of-the way places on drives that he called “adventures,” but Dorothy and the kids referred to as “getting lost.”
He is survived by his 6 children Brian D. Morriseau of Morristown, NY, Bruce A. Morriseau and his wife Laura of Lowell, Lois M. Morriseau of South Attleboro, Brad P. Morriseau (retired USMC) and his wife Vana of Hawaii, Lynn Morriseau Holland and her husband Steve of Attleboro, and Lydia R. Frigon and her husband Wallace, Sr. of Wareham. He leaves 5 grandchildren Gabrielle Morriseau and her husband Miguel Claravall, Rosa Morriseau and her husband Adam Dhanens, Wallace Frigon, Jr and his wife Brittney, Margeau Jong and her husband Ryan, and Max Morriseau. He leaves 3 great grandchildren Aayla and Dagan Morriseau-Claravall and Adelaide Jong. Harry was predeceased by his wife Dorothy and his sister Charlotte Beaman. He leaves many friends, cousins, nephews and nieces, including Janet Pimental Durand who helped manage his house and care for his precious cat Bella.
Harry will be greatly missed. We are so thankful for the time we were granted with him and will always remember his devotion, strength, and humor.
Donations can be made in his memory to Mass Audubon Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary at 1417 Park St. Attleboro, MA 02703 or the Attleboro Animal Shelter, 27 Pond Street N, Attleboro, MA 02703.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Foley-Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home.
Harry’s family invites you to share a memory of him on his tribute page at www.hathawayfunerals.com
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Mass Audubon Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary
1417 Park St. Attleboro, MA 02703, Attleboro MA 02703
Attleboro Animal Shelter
27 Pond Street, North Attleboro MA 02703