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Robert Joseph Morrow

Aug. 25, 1928 – Aug. 12, 2020

Robert passed peacefully at Avalon Care Center, in Sonora, Calif.

Robert (Bob) was born in Tewksbury, Mass., to Mary Morrow. When Bob was 2 he was separated from his mother and placed in a Catholic orphanage. His mother was returned to  Ireland by family members in Massachusetts. He lived in different orphanages and foster homes until he went to work for the railroad at age 15.

In 1945, at the age of 17, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. During an assignment in 1951 at the Pentagon he met Barbara Burgess, a beautiful brunette also stationed at the Pentagon. They fell in love and were married on Dec. 1, 1953, in Washington, D.C. With help from the military and the Catholic Church records, Bob was able to locate his mother in Ireland. They kept in touch, at first writing letters to each other, then with phone calls. During one of the calls he learned of his half sister and brother-in-law, also in  Ireland. Bob continued his military career for the next 14 years, which allowed Bob and Barbara to travel throughout the country and overseas on different assignments. Their son Michael was born in 1957 and daughter Michele in 1958. Bob now had a family of his own.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1967, the Morrows settled in Pacifica, Calif. Bob started his second career with Del Monte Foods in San Francisco. In 1992, he received a phone call from a woman saying that she was his half sister from England, and that he had two half  sisters in Ireland (not one), a half brother in England, and many nieces and nephews. In 1994, Bob and Barbara went to England and Ireland to see his mother (after 62 years) and meet his extended family, with whom he stayed in touch for the rest of his life.

Bob loved all sports. He played in numerous baseball leagues during his military career and continued playing on local baseball and softball leagues in Pacifica throughout his 70s. Bob was always grateful to his teammates for this opportunity. He enjoyed being involved with his children’s activities and sports when they were young. He coached Pacifica Pony League and was an assistant coach for the girls softball league at Terra Nova High School. He was an avid table tennis player, also playing into his late 80s. Bob was a true fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and San Jose Sharks.

Most of all he enjoyed being with his family and friends. Although they loved living in Pacifica, Bob and Barbara moved to Twain Harte in 2012 to be closer to family.

Bob is survived by his son, Michael Morrow, of Citrus Heights; daughter and son-in-law Michele Primrose and Joel Primrose, of Twain Harte; grandchildren Eric Primrose, Mia Primrose, Donovan Morrow and Connor Morrow;  great-grandchildren Aryana Rice-Primrose and Waylon Morrow; brother John Morrow, of England; many nieces and nephews in England and Ireland; and closest (concert, pizza night, and going out to dinner) friends Neil and Sue Conway, Bill and Karen Morgan, and John and Eva Skog. Dad, you are forever in our hearts.

Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara Morrow, mother Mary Morrow of Ireland, sister Julia Nowicki of England, sister Christine Phillips of Ireland, and sister Delia Manton of Ireland.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation alzfdn.org or your  favorite charity.

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