James R. Morris, 80, formerly of Shrewsbury


James R. Morris, 80, formerly of ShrewsburyNorth Oxford – James R. “Jim” Morris, 80, of North Oxford, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his loving wife Priscilla E., his three daughters: Nicole, her husband Christopher Olson; Dianne, her husband Edward Connor; and Michelle, her husband Brian Horne; as well as several grandchildren, Jonathan, his wife Kailyn, Joshua, Ryan, Jacob, Victoria, Madeline, Samuel, and Mary and two great grandchildren, Braya and Emmalee.

James was born in Worcester, the son of Fenwick Morris and Marion (Grizzi). His family settled in Charlton with his sister, Janet Hammond, who predeceased him.

He attended Boys Trade High School where he discovered his passion for repairing cars in his early years. He enjoyed the demolition derby at Westboro Speedway, tended bar at the Log Cabin with his aunt and uncle. He met and later married his wife, Priscilla, on November 11, 1972.

While starting his family and settling in Shrewsbury, he opened his first business, Morris Garage, of Shrewsbury. Later, he established JR Morris Refrigerator Truck Co. He was meticulous in the care of his trucks, even on his down time.

James was a member of the Shrewsbury Lions Club for over 40 years. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family, which included weekends watching Nascar and attending antique car shows. In recent years, although still working full-time, you could find Jim and Priscilla at their summer getaway in Wells, Maine, where he often enjoyed searching for his favorite foods.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visiting hours at the Chiampa Funeral Home, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 10:00 A.M. at North American Martyrs Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes, private graveside service will be held for immediate family only. Those attending the mass should go directly to church.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund at www.mlerfi.com.

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