John (Jack) L. Morrissette, Jr., 64, of East Hampton, formerly of Rocky Hill, Wethersfield and East Hartford, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 8, 2019.
John enlisted to serve in the United States Marine Corps after high school. After successful basic training at Paris Island he served in Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune, Okinawa and Puerto Rico, feeding the troops as a Kitchen Supervisor until he was honorably discharged as a Sargent. He received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Jack returned home to Connecticut and continued cooking for the elderly in nursing homes for his entire career which included Wintonbury Manor, Cedarcrest Hospital and then retiring from Wethersfield Healthcare Center. He supported his co-workers and brought them cookies from the kitchen. Many remain in touch and good friends.
By then he had moved to East Hampton to be closer to family. Jack nurtured his yard and we quickly found out he had a green thumb. His flowers, deck and birdhouses were beautiful and enjoyed by his neighbors. He loved driving his dad’s pickup around town and searching for a good cup of coffee and the elusive perfect home fries. He had a very generous heart and didn’t miss a birthday, wedding, holiday or stag party. Being in town meant he was able to attend Blake and Ally’s community theater productions, applaud loudly and support the concession stand. He enjoyed living by Lake Pocotopaug and would sit at the beach reading, sometimes kayak and often go for a swim in the evening to cool down.
John is survived by his mother, Eleanor Morrissette, 92 of Niantic, his sister Christine and her husband Gene Brooks of Virginia Beach, His brother Paul and his wife Karen Morrissette of Colchester and his sister Lynn and her husband Edward Szkoda of East Hampton. He was a loving, gift bearing uncle to Keri and Dan Barcus, Michael and Sarah Brooks, Keith and Jessica Morrissette, Tyler and Kalie Morrissette, Thomas and Kimberly Morrissette, Blake Szkoda and Allyse Szkoda. And great uncle to all the littles: Kaylee, Ashley, Ben, John, Logan, Luke, Beth, Matthew, Grace, Isla and Sawyer. Much love also to all of his cousins, friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his father John L. Morrissette and his niece, Shawn Marie Brooks.
A memorial service is being planned for March 2, 2019 afternoon. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the East Hampton Food Bank or The Young People’s Center for Creative Arts.
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