George Morrison was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and came to California in 1948. He met his wife of 66 years, Agnes Souza, at the St. Elizabeth’s Franciscan Club in Oakland while decorating for a barn dance, where Aggie really impressed George with her jumping rope. They were married Oct. 14, 1950, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Oakland. The couple settled down in Hayward, where they raised their family for the next 35 years.
George wore many hats throughout his life, which included working for his uncle as a tree surgeon, becoming a grain inspector and water clerk, and promoted to pump operator, then treatment plant operator and then supervisor in the East Bay at East Bay Mud, and finally his 27-year career as a firefighter with the City of Oakland, where he retired as an engineer.
In his off time, he was a Continental Little League coach in Hayward and was a father-like figure to many. In 1985, the couple moved to Twain Harte in Tuolumne County where they spent many years enjoying their community and backyard pond with a creek flowing into it. George knew it was the home for them when they saw the view from the back deck.
George loved fishing, camping and road trips all over the United States, hunting and especially loved sports and spending time with his family. His favorite places to go included Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Alaska, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Ruby Mountains in Nevada.
George passed away on Sept. 14, 2017, at the age of 88 from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Agnes, his seven children: Daniel, Mike (Sherry), Norman (Julie), Walter (Valerie), Brian (Denise), Kathleen and Theresa. He was a grandfather of 19 grandchildren and great-grandfather of 10.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at All Saints Parish, Twain Harte.