Christopher Morey

05/17/2011 3:38 PM |

Former East Marion resident Christopher Morey of Pawcatuck, Conn., died April 30. He was 62.

He was born April 18, 1949, in New Rochelle, N.Y., to Carol (Gallup) and Russell Morey.

As a child, he lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York City with stepparents and grandparents. At age 13, he moved to East Marion with his mother, stepfather and siblings. He graduated from the East Marion school in 1963 and from Greenport High School in 1967.

He attended Pittsburg State University in Kansas, where he played football. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1968, and was deployed to Vietnam. Wounded in combat, he returned home in June 1969. Family members said his entire battalion was overrun and killed just hours after he was flown out of battle.

In East Marion, he was a dockbuilder and boxer for several years before marrying Rebecca Rogers of East Marion and earned an engineering degree from Stony Brook University. After moving with his family to Pawcatuck, he worked for 33 years as a submarine engineer at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton. In his later years, he loved to write, said family members, and in 2004 he published an autobiographical novel in which he recalled his love for East Marion and his fondness for his high school years.

Mr. Morey is survived by his wife; his children, Rebecca, Melissa, Russell and Douglas; his mother, Carol Johnson of Greenport; his father, of Lewes, Del.; his sister, Margo, of Greenport; his brothers, Tim, of East Marion, Peter, of Maryland, Andrew, of Virginia, and Matthew, of California; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Frederick Johnson, and stepmother, Caroline (Meiners) Morey.

A funeral service with military honors took place May 6 in Westerly, R.I.