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William B. Morgan III

March 12, 1935 - August 26, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Retired Train Conductor for New Jersey Transit


Service Date: September 14, 2019

In Lieu of Flowers: Denville Community Church Endowment Fund: Denville Community Church, 190 Diamond Spring Rd, Denville, NJ 07834

Obituaries » William B. Morgan III

William B. Morgan III – Bill – boarded the express train to heaven on August 26, 2019. His family (his wife Nancy, his daughter Jennie, and his son Jeff with his wife Carie and their daughters Andi and Savannah) were all on the platform when his train finally departed.

Bill was born in Dunmore, PA, growing up in both Dunmore and Scranton. He served his country for 8 years in the US Naval Reserves before marrying Nancy. After marriage they moved to Denville, NJ, until becoming residents of Rockaway Township, NJ, where they raised their family.

Bill followed his father to the railroad, joining the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) Railroad. He started as a Trainman, moving passenger and freight trains in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After just three years, Bill was promoted to Conductor –becoming the youngest conductor ever on the DL&W.

Bill spent the remainder of his 52-year career on the Morris & Essex and Boonton train lines moving commuters to and from Hoboken and NYC. He worked for four different railroads: DL&W, Erie Lackawanna, Conrail and New Jersey Transit. Eventually, Bill held the highest seniority among conductors for all of New Jersey Transit: earning him the nickname “#1” among his fellow rail workers. He loved the fellowship of the people he worked with, enjoyed his duties training new train crews, and in retirement looked forward to monthly retiree lunches. He also enjoyed working the Annual Santa Train, never missing the annual event, even after retirement.

Bill loved his family above all and looked forward to summer vacations when he would take his young family camping up and down the east coast. In retirement, he enjoyed putting stamps in his US passport with journeys to his family’s roots in Wales, as well other European cities, and relaxing in the Caribbean with Nancy and Jennie. He also enjoyed putting stamps in his US National Parks Passport – visiting national parks throughout the country, from Denali in Alaska to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and many, many more.

One of his greatest joys was being Andi’s “Pops”and Savannah’s “Poppsie-Woppsie”. He enjoyed attending their school performances and their soccer games. His room was decorated with artwork created by his much loved granddaughters, as well as photos taken with them. He greatly enjoyed the annual family trip to the Outer Banks when he and Nancy would spend relaxing time with Jennie, and with Jeff and his family. He loved watching Andi and Savannah boogie board on the waves and play in the sand – he even let them bury him in the sand.

Bill was an Assistant Scout Master for BSA Troop 14 in Dover. He went on numerous hikes and camping trips. He also took two crews to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.

Anyone who knew Bill knew he was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants – you could not miss the big Red B on his ever present baseball cap. What most don’t know is that he gained his love of baseball and the Red Sox from his Grandmother. She took him too many minor league Scranton Red Sox games at the Scranton-Dunmore Stadium, and eventually he began helping the stadium grounds crew before the games. He passed along his love of the Boston Red Sox to the next two generations–his children, Jeff and Jennie, and his grandchildren Andi and Savannah, all of whom root for the Red Sox with him. He even took Andi and Savannah to their first Major League Baseball games…at Fenway Park.

He was a member of the Free & Associated Masons, serving as Master of the Musconetcong Lodge located in Budd Lake, NJ in 1988. In recent years, was an active member of the Acacia Lodge in Dover, NJ.

Bill was also a member of Denville Community Church for over 30 years. He enjoyed worshiping with his family each Sunday and fellowship with his many friends. He joined fellow church member working to beautify the church, enjoying decorating the church for Christmas, and lending a hand to paint the sanctuary.

He is also survived by son David, his wife Dawn, and their son Andrew.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on September 14, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Denville Community Church, 190 Diamond Spring Rd, Denville, NJ 07834. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Denville Community Church Endowment Fund.