To the Williams Community,
I was saddened to learn of the recent death of Anthony Louis “Lou” Morin, 82, of North Adams, Mass., who worked for many years in Dining Services. He passed away on May 30 in Pittsfield.
Born in 1933 in North Adams, he attended local schools and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After first working at the family business, Morin Roofing, and at Green Mountain Race Track for several years, he came to Williams in 1990 as a cook. He retired in 1998, but after a couple of years, he returned as a temporary employee, working as a cook in Baxter and Dodd House, and as a prep and service attendant and cook in the Faculty House until 2013.
Lou was active as a communicant at St. Francis of Assisi, and he loved college football and basketball. I’m told he was an especially avid fan of our basketball teams. Coach Pat Manning shared with me that Lou was the number one fan of her women’s team, and that he and his wife Gladys would always have freshly cut oranges for the women’s and men’s teams for every game, home or away. On Valentine’s Day, Lou and Gladys would give each player and coach a rose and a box of candy. They always sat in the same spot for the games in Chandler Gym, leaving their blanket before the game to save their seats. They would spend many hours walking along the upper section of Chandler for exercise, and the players would always look forward to seeing them. Lou also was known to whip up a batch of his delicious chili for the concession stand during home football games and it always sold out. He will be greatly missed by current and former Ephs.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Gladys Bell Morin; a daughter, Barbara Cooper, and her husband Ron of North Adams; two stepdaughters, Kathy Malinowski of North Adams and Susan Jacobson of Cambridge, N.Y.; a stepson, James Lincoln of Shaftsbury, Vt.; four grandchildren: Laura Malinowski, Marc Malinowski, Austin Cooper, and Brodie Cooper; a sister, Sidney Taft of North Adams; and nieces and nephews. His sister, Barbara Malinowski, predeceased him.
A graveside service is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Southview Cemetery in North Adams. There are no calling hours. Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home of North Adams is handling the arrangements.
Our thoughts are with Lou’s family and friends.