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Former mayor of Salisbury, Frank H. Morris, dies at 61


Frank H. Morris, a former mayor of Salisbury and wholesale plumbing supply dealer, died Monday of cancer at his home in the Eastern Shore city. He was 61.

He was chairman of the board of Shore Distributors Inc., a wholesale plumbing, heating and air-conditioning supply company started by his father.

He was mayor of Salisbury from 1962 to 1966.

Born in Salisbury, he was a 1953 graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park.

He was a former president of the North American Heating and Airconditioning Wholesalers Association and held offices in other industry organizations.

He was a member of the boards of the Chesapeake Utilities Corp., of the First Shore Savings and Loan Association and of the old Truckers and Savings Bank.

Mr. Morris was a former chairman of the Greater Salisbury Committee and a founder of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, which raises money for charitable and community groups. He was president of the foundation from 1987 to 1990.

A former president of the Salisbury Jaycees, he was also an international senator of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Morris was a former vice chairman of the Maryland State Board for Community Colleges and a longtime supporter of the Wor-Wic Tech Community College.

A former president of the Mid-Delmarva Family YMCA, he was also a member of the advisory board of the Ward Foundation and the boards of Peninsula General Regional Medical Center and Blue Cross of Maryland.

At St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, he was an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and chairman of the Parish Center Committee and the Lay Advisory Board.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Morris was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury.

He is survived by his wife, the former Susanne Swartwout; a daughter, Susan Morris Josephson of Reno, Nev.; three sons, James Francis Morris, David Harrison Morris and Richard Lewis Morris, all of Salisbury; his mother, Margaret Edith Harrison Morris of Salisbury; a brother, John Messick Morris of Salisbury; and nine grandchildren.

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