William T. “Bill” Morgan, affectionately known as “Bumper”, age 70, of 8712 Burns Road, Arkport, passed away Monday afternoon (August 22, 2016) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a long illness.
Born in Wayland, NY on March 29, 1946, he was the son of Raymond & Geraline (Eichorn) Morgan. From the age of 8, Bill was raised by his aunt & uncle, Clyde & Lillian Akins.
Bumper grew up in Arkport and was a graduate of Arkport Central School (class of 1965). Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country from 1965 until his honorable discharge in 1967.
After being discharged from the US Air Force, Bill returned to the Arkport area and began working for the New York Telephone Company. He began as a mail driver and later became a lineman and a splicer. For the last five years he served as an inspector, retiring in 1995 following 28 years of service to the company.
Bumper was a 28 year member of the Hornell Elks Lodge where he served 2 terms as Exalted Ruler. He was also a 42 year member of the Arkport American Legion where he served on the American Legion Board, tended bar and was a member of the American Legion Color Guard. He was also a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
An avid outdoorsman, Bumper enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing his lawn and working in his flower & vegetable gardens. For many years, he served as a coach in the Arkport Little League and also the Arkport Cinderella Softball League. He loved watching football on TV and especially enjoyed rooting for the New York Giants.
He was married on October 28, 1967 to the former Sara Hults who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters, Billie Jo (Fred) Thompson of Canisteo and Heather (Mike Jones) Kurtz of Livonia; 2 sons, Tim Morgan of Buffalo and Jeremy (Ashley) Morgan of Columbus, OH; 2 brothers, David (Linda) Morgan of Arkport and James Morgan of Wayland; 1 sister, Beverley Morgan of San Diego, CA; 6 grandchildren, Lillian Thompson, Melody Thompson, Kate Kurtz, Emma Kurtz, Ava Morgan and Sophia Morgan; several nieces & nephews.
The family of William T. “Bumper” Morgan will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY where a Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.
Bill’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to either the Arkport American Legion, 1 Carter St., Arkport, NY 14807 or to Arkport Junior Baseball, C/O Mark Young, 12 Northridge Dr., Arkport, NY 14807 or to Arkport Girls Softball, C/O Jean McConnell, PO Box 298, Arkport, NY 14807. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.