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Michael J. McMorrow | Obituary



Michael J. McMorrow NORTH CLARENDON – Michael James McMorrow, 75, died at home on October 9, 2021, after a brief illness. Michael was born January 7, 1946 in Granville, New York, the son of James and Anna (Kasuba) McMorrow, of Poultney, Vermont. He graduated from Poultney High School, where he played on the basketball team. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Vermont, and later a master’s degree in education from Castleton State College. Michael married Patricia Lowell, of Brandon, Vermont, in 1969. They had two children, Mariah and Gavin. After a divorce, Michael married Sandra Tarleton, of Bridgewater, Vermont, in 1986; they then divorced. Michael worked as a guidance counselor for many years at West Rutland High School and Chelsea Public School. He took a leap of faith in the late 1980s, leaving the school system to start his own computer software company, Software For Administrators, which he continued until his retirement. Michael had a keen interest in personal computers and programming and was among the first to own a personal computer in the early 1980s. His real passion was collecting postcards and stamps. He was a long-time member of the Rutland County Stamp Club, the Quechee Upper Valley Stamp Club, and the Vermont Philatelic Society. He has been treasurer and president of these clubs on several occasions. Additionally, Michael has spent many years exhibiting, judging and organizing the stamp club exhibit at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland. Michael was an avid photographer, historian of Vermont, and in his youth he enjoyed skiing, biking, swimming, running, and hiking. He walked the entire Long Trail in 1978. Michael went on two mission trips to the Peruvian jungle, where he worked in mobile health clinics. These trips were the highlight of his later years and Michael took many fabulous photos and told many great stories. Michael was a loving father and grandfather and will be dearly missed. Michael was predeceased by his parents; sister, Mary Monte, of Barre, Vermont; and her sister, Patricia Ciardi, of West Haven, Connecticut. He also took great pleasure in his pet cats and was predeceased by the favorites Whiskers, Charlie, Milo, MooMoo and Barney. Survivors include son, Gavin (Iris) McMorrow, of Chester, Vermont; daughter, Mariah Anne (Brian) Covey, of Waunakee, Wisconsin; granddaughter, Eibhlin; several nieces and nephews; and close friends. Michael will be cremated, at his request. Arrangements are made by Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. The family requests that any commemorative contribution be made to the Rutland County Humane Society or a charity of your choice.