Timothy John Morrison, Jr, known to all as Jack, (age 19) ended his life on April 21, 2020, despite arduous and courageous efforts to overcome anxiety-induced depression complicated by complex auto-immune issues.
Born July 18, 2000 in Silver Spring, MD, Jack travelled to 15 states by the time he was 6 weeks old (including a cameo at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, his introduction to Silver Bay, NY, and a family wedding in Alabama) finally settling with mom and dad in Austin, TX for four months before heading back to Silver Spring, but not before being held by Bo Derek and meeting the next President of the United States. He moved to Sunshine, MD at the age of 2. He loved the natural setting of his home, enjoying early childhood pine cone hunts, catching crayfish, rescuing baby animals, creating a settlement with his siblings, raising chickens, and fishing. He attended Mater Amoris Montessori School where his innate curiosity burgeoned and he led his parents to family friends for life. He was homeschooled for Middle School working at his own pace (outpacing his teacher), attended Mt. St Joseph High School, Montgomery College, and briefly, Tulane University. He planned to attend Syracuse University in the Fall having been admitted to the Falk College School of Sports Management, deciding to pursue his passion for sports despite his acumen and interest in science and engineering.
Jack was baptized at St. Aloysius in Washington DC and received the rest of his sacraments at St. Paul Catholic Church in Damascus, MD, where he was a regular attendee at weekly Mass. He loved the Lord and Adoration and the sense of belonging he felt at Youth Group.
He worked as a camp counselor at the Silver Bay YMCA in the Adirondacks where he was beloved by little campers, their families, and fellow staff alike. Having spent summers in Silver Bay throughout his life, he loved both tramping through the woods and being on the water. But mostly he enjoyed being with the people there.
His love of nature extended to other adventures including climbing Mt. St. Helens and Upper Yosemite Falls. It also extended to wildlife. Jack spent time volunteering at the Agriculture History Farm Park with its Farm Animal Care Team, as well as volunteering for both a Reptile and a Dog rescue, and he frequently advocated for acquiring new pets such that he’s cared for 9 different types of animals over the years, having as many as 15 pets at one time.
His sense of adventure and compassion was evident in his mission travel to South Africa where he volunteered at an orphanage for children whose parents had died from AIDS.
Jack loved all things competitive. Jeopardy. Corn-hole. Board Games. Ping pong. But, Jack’s true passion was sports. He played little league baseball and football. He wrestled for many years including High School, where he also played Tennis. He loved the Caps, and the Nats, and even the Wizards, of course the Terps, but especially the Redskins. Attending family tailgates was high on the list of his all-time favorite experiences. And when he left us, he took with him an incalculable amount of sports analytics knowledge and trivia.
Jack is survived by his parents, Kimberly (Kehoe) and Timothy John Morrison, Sr. His siblings Clara, Crae and Leah. His grandparents Jim and Joanne (Murray) Kehoe (Phoenix City, AL), His grandmother Margaret (Jenkins) Morrison (Silver Bay, NY), His Godfather and Uncle AJ and Aunt Brooke (Wells) Kehoe (Salem, AL). His Uncle Doug and Aunt Sandy (Santomenno) Morrison (Asbury Park, NJ), His Aunt Lynne (Morrison) and Uncle Stuart McHenry (Hampstead, MD), His Aunt Patty (Brosnan) Morrison (Marshfield, MA), His Godmother and Aunt Amy (Morrison) and Confirmation Sponsor and Uncle Eric Parker (Ellicott City, MD). His Aunt Katie (Kehoe) and Uncle Paul Abramo (N Tonawanda, NY). His Cousins Meghan (Abramo), Andy, Meara, and Alaina Chambers (Buffalo, NY), Danielle (Abramo), Cody, and Margo Jean Balling (Buffalo, NY), Alison (Parker) and Cory Spindler (Frederick, MD), Derek Morrison, Lauren Parker, Rachel Morrison, Matt Parker, Shannon McHenry, Mikey Morrison, CJ Morrison, Jay Kehoe, Cole Kehoe and Cooper Kehoe. His dogs Sancho, Waylon and Brinley. And so many others who were touched by his life.
To speak with Jack was to recognize his intelligence and his wit, but also his gentle tenderheartedness. His struggle to find peace proved overwhelming. Gratefully, we know he was received lovingly in Heaven by God and his Great Grandparents Jean (Poeller) and Andy Kehoe, his Poppy, John David Morrison, his cherished Uncle Scott Morrison, and all the rest of the Communion of Saints. We’re counting on Jack and Scott to be watching the Skins games together and by the power of heaven turn the team around for the first time in 20 years.
Attendance at the viewing and funeral Mass for Jack will be limited to immediate family due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The funeral Mass will be live-streamed on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM. You can access the live-stream by going to the St. Paul parish website stpauldamascus.org or to the St. Paul Liturgy facebook page www.facebook.com/St-Paul-Liturgy-105430454447321/
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Jack Morrison Memorial Fund benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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