Terence Morrissey, 61
U.S. Navy Veteran.
Terence Morrissey, age 61, passed away on February 8, at the Boston Medical Center from traumatic injuries sustained two days earlier, when he was struck by an automobile while crossing Salem Street near his home.
He was born in Boston, on May 9, 1951 to the late Mollie (Jasilewicz) (Morrissey) DiGiovanni and Thomas Joseph Morrissey. Terry was the center of their love and the love of his older brother Thomas and sister Linda. Upon the death of his father and remarriage of his mother, he became a beloved step-son to the late Freddie DiGiovanni.
After graduation from Tewksbury Memorial High School, Terry studied aeronautical engineering at St. Louis University, and continued at Northeastern University. He earned a degree in Environmental Biology at Salem State College. He also spent several years at his summer home in Wareham on Buzzards Bay.
In 1980, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Stationary Engineer aboard the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Independence. He completed three worldwide assignments for expeditionary forces, and was part of the Naval action during the Granada War in the Caribbean. He was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal.
Most of his working career was devoted to plumbing, starting with Suburban Plumbing in Tewksbury for the first ten years, and later was considered “a member of the family” at Cassidy Culligan in Lowell where he had worked for the past twenty-eight years.
Terry will be greatly missed by his brother, Thomas Joseph Morrissey Jr., with whom he resided, his beloved sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Cecil Neeley of Alton Bay, NH; their son and his nephew, Robert Mott and his wife Melissa of Belmont, NH; their year old daughter and his grand niece, Sophia; his step-sister Joyce Trinchera of Salem, NH; his step brother, Dennis DiGiovanni and his wife Nancy of Sandwich, MA; three aunts, Stella Goulet of Attleboro, Lucy Sosnowski of Andover, and Marion Sanborn of Spring Hill, FL; and numerous cousins.
Visiting hours Monday, February 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, phone (800 in MA or 978) 851 2950. His funeral will begin Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte 38) Wilmington. Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Concord. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 0197-09849 or visit www.northeastanimalshelter.org, will be appreciated. tewksburyfuneralhome.com