Navy Veteran Proud to be Descendent of Roger Williams

Author: MVH Machias
Posted: December 23, 2020
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Robert Morris is a true son of New England. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, he’s a descendent of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, and Lucius Garvin, the governor of Rhode Island.

Bob’s parents, Garvin and Helen Buffinton Morris moved Bob and his siblings, Garvin Jr., John, and Judith to Lonsdale, Rhode Island, when they were young, and then to Cumberland, Rhode Island, in the village of Arnold Mills. 

The Morris family were avid worshippers and found a home at Arnold Mills Methodist Church. 

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Bob Follows the Education Path

Bob attended kindergarten at the Grange Hall in Arnold Mills, followed by the Arnold Mills Community Grammar School and the Garvin Memorial Elementary School, named after his great uncle Lucius. 

Bob went to Cumberland High School, where he had many friends and a favorite coach, Harry Gedderman. Bob managed the indoor track team, was a member of the boy’s cross-country team during his freshman and sophomore years and managed the team during his junior and senior years. He also managed the baseball team during his last two years of high school. Bob’s favorite sports team has always been the Boston Red Sox, making him a true New Englander.

After high school, Bob attended Leicester Junior College in Massachusetts, where he earned an Associates Degree in General Studies. After that, he attended Roger Williams College (now Roger Williams University) and majored in history. At Roger Williams, he was manager of the baseball team. 

Still a history buff, Bob enjoys literature, movies about the Civil War, World War II, aviation, and world history.

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Bob Enlists

In May 1978, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy. He trained at Great Lakes, Illinois, for boot camp and was then assigned to the USS Canopus. He was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, and in Spain. Bob served until 1982 and came home to Cumberland, where he worked at the Stop & Shop.

Bob lived with his parents up until their passing, after which he went to live and work in North Conway, New Hampshire, to be closer to his brother, John. A close knit family, he later moved to Sullivan, Maine, to be closer to his other brother.

Now a resident at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Machias, Robert Morris has been named Veteran of the Month for December. Thank you for your service, Bob.

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