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John Morse

John A. "Jack" Morse

Tuesday, September 17th, 1935 - Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Obituary

John Allen “Jack” Morse, longtime Syracuse radio and TV personality, 84, of Manlius, passed away at his home on November 14, 2019.

Jack was born at home in Whitney Point during a flood on September 17, 1935 to Richard and Elizabeth Morse. He was a graduate of Whitney Point High School and Syracuse University.

From high school on his career was in radio and television broadcasting. He started at WINR in Binghamton where he hosted “Sandman Serenade”. In Syracuse he worked for WOLF radio, WHEN/WTVH radio and television, WIXT television, Syracuse NewChannels where he co-hosted “Magazine 13”, and finally co-hosted a morning radio show with Phil Markert.

He was best known as a sportscaster who created the High School Athlete of the Week Award and diligently covered high school, local, and national sports.

Jack loved his family, walks with the coaches, plants, music and radio trivia, keeping up with sports, and his faith in God.

He is predeceased by his brother, David Morse and grandson, Max Bassinson.

Surviving are children, Meg (Scott) Bassinson, Cynthia Morse, John (Doug Wusterbarth) Morse, and Andy Morse; his children's mother Susan Morse; grandchildren, Paul Bassinson and Willow Lilkas-Morse; nephew, David (Diana) Morse and niece Amy (John) Persons and their children.

Calling hours will be Monday, November 18 from 9 to 10am at Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Funeral services will follow at 10am at the church. Burial will be in South Street Cemetery, Triangle, NY.

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the Max David Bassinson Music Scholarship, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, CB 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Manlius United Methodist Church
    Address
    111 Wesley Street
    Manlius, New York 13104
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Manlius United Methodist Church
    Address
    111 Wesley Street
    Manlius, New York 13104
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Deane Parkhurst

Posted at 10:37am
Remembering the days working with Jack at WHEN Radio. We shared the ups and downs and helped create a more viable entertainment outlet that lasted for years. Prayers and blessings to Jack's close and extended family. Be at peace my friend.

Deane Parkhurst
Olathe, KS
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Robert Crabtree

Posted at 06:42pm
Mr. Morse was my 7th grade teacher at Onondaga Central in 1961. I enjoyed being in his class and was surprised years later seeing him on our local CBS station as sportscaster. I pray for the entire family during this most difficult time.
Bob Crabtree
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Lennie Tucker

Posted at 12:01pm
Jack had an unusually large and generous spirit, always deflecting praise and honor to another. He was emcee at an occasion at Drumlins on September 10, 1999. The honored dinner guests of the Syracuse Chargers were Athletic/Community Pioneers, Jon Buzzard, Alan Bonney, and Bill Sanford, the event an act of justice and regard for three across-the-age-range influential people, people who knew how to teach. Upon introducing Bill, Jack said, "You better be careful, Bill, or you're going to give politics a good name." The memory of Jack and his prescience will last a long, long time.
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pat driscoll

Posted at 06:28am
Mr. Morse always remembered your name, especially when it can to the local high school sports scene. And, he let the viewers know the scores at every college level to keep them informed. A true gentleman and consummate professional who will be missed. Peace to the Morse family.

Pat Driscoll
Syracuse, New York
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pat driscoll

Posted at 06:28am
Mr. Morse always remembered your name, especially when it can to the local high school sports scene. And, he let the viewers know the scores at every college level to keep them informed. A true gentleman and consummate professional who will be missed. Peace to the Morse family.

Pat Driscoll
Syracuse, New York
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