Robert D. Morton
ATHOL — A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Robert D. “Rob” Morton, 50, of Lee Street, who died Dec. 14, 2015, at home after a courageous battle against cancer, with family and friends at his side.
The Rev. Victor Miller of the Erving Congregational Church officiated and words of remembrance were offered by family and friends. Rob’s daughter, Hannah, sang a solo. A reception and celebration of life was later held a the Athol-Orange Elks Lodge on New Athol Road, Orange.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
ATHOL — Robert D. “Rob” Morton, 50, of Lee Street, died Monday evening, Dec. 14, 2015, at home following an illness, with family and friends at his side.
Born in Glenrich, N.J., on April 2, 1965, he was a son of Robert and Delorma (Rodgers) Morton and graduated from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange with the class of 1982. His yearbook quote was: “Life is like a one-way street; You’ve got to get the best before you pass it by.”
Rob was the owner of Original Tire Company in Athol and enjoyed taking care of his customers and appreciated each one. Even during his illness, he helped a neighbor with a flat tire, expecting nothing in return. Rob was that kind of dedicated business owner who everyone loved and will miss.
Rob was married to Carrie (Phillips).
Rob will be remembered as a longtime volunteer for the annual Athol Lions Club’s River Rat Race, and for 32 years placed the race numbers along the river.
During his life, Rob enjoyed auto racing and took part in racing at Monadnock Raceway in Swanzey, N.H., in the Enduro, late model and stock divisions and had numerous trophies that the Original Tire team won.
Known to enjoy good times with his family and friends, Rob would host the get-togethers as he enjoyed manning the barbecue, and always was known for his laughter, smiling and upbeat manner. One story that is told is of Rob skiing down a black diamond trail by mistake, much to the amusement of his daughter, Hannah. Apparently, the sun had bleached the color into blue.
Rob enjoyed the peacefulness of the Quabbin Reservoir and spent hours fishing there with Hannah and his close friend, Curtis Priestley. Outdoor activities gave much pleasure to Rob, including riding motorcycles and jumping off the Route 2 bridge into Lake Rohunta.
Rob will be missed by family and friends and remembered for his kindness and fairness to all.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Delorma Morton of Keene, N.H.; his former wife, Carrie Morton of Athol; sons, Kristopher Evans and Kenneth Evans, both of Athol; a daughter, Hannah Morton of Athol; grandchildren, Nova and Delyah; a brother, John Morton of Richmond, N.H.; a sister, Allegra Miller of Marlow, N.H.; close friends, Curtis Priestley of Orange and John Nye of Athol; and many, many friends and customers.
Calling hours will be held on Jan. 2, from noon to 3 p.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
A celebration of Rob’s life will follow at the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks, 92 New Athol Rd., Orange, at 4 p.m. on Jan. 2.
Interment will be private.
Donations are suggested to the Athol Lions Club, P.O. Box 293, Athol, MA 01331; Athol Santa Fund, c/o Athol Daily News, P.O. Box 1000, Athol, MA 01331; Orange Santa Fund, c/o PJWC, P.O. Box 193, Orange, MA 01364; or to the donor’s choice.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.