John W. Morrison, 87, a retired Great Lakes ship pilot, died Friday (Dec. 26, 1997) in his West Seneca home.
Morrison was born in Stornaway, Scotland, and came to Buffalo when he was 16. He worked aboard ships on the Great Lakes, first as a second and third mate on Bethlehem Steel Corp. ships. In the early 1960s, he became a pilot and worked in Port Huron, Mich., and Duluth, Minn.
He was a founder of the Great Lakes Pilots Association. He also was a member of the International Shipmasters Association and the International Longshoremen's Association.
He moved to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1974, when he retired.
Morrison was active in the Masons and Shriners in the Buffalo area and in Florida. He was a member of Amara Temple in Palm Beach and performed many acts of charity with that organization. He also was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and Loyal Order of Moose.
He returned to the Buffalo area about a year ago.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of West Seneca, and several children and grandchildren.
Private services and burial will be held.[evans]