Harry Cliff Morris



Harry Clifford Morris passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, of natural causes at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the age of 86 years. He spent his final years living at Lincoln Square Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born December 22, 1933, to parents Ernest Robert Morris and Ruby (Terry) Morris, in Jonesville, VA. After graduating from Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Grace Kachadourian. He is survived by two children, Leah Morris Giovanni and Cliff Morris, four grandchildren, Laura Dunlop, Lisa Giovanni, Charlie Morris, Caroline Morris and one great granddaughter, Grace Dunlap. Later, Harry married Betty Morris, and was stepfather to her son, Jeff Morris.

Six-year-old Harry, oldest of his four siblings, made national news for heroically pulling his four siblings out of their burning home, saving all their lives. People all over the country sent him envelopes with coins after reading about his story in newspapers. Shortly thereafter, the Morris family migrated from Virginia to Detroit MI, so that his father, Ernest, could find work in the auto industry as many other families did of the time. Harry spent his entire career working for the Chessie Railroad System. After retiring, Harry moved to his beloved cabin in Glennie, MI, where he pursued his passion of being outdoors in nature. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, and boating.

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