Kelly St. John Morgan, 46, bartender and lacrosse fan


Kelly St. John Morgan, an Annapolis bartender with a big personality and a love of storytelling, died Feb. 5 at his father's home of complications from kidney disease. He was 46.

Mr. Morgan, a lifelong Annapolis resident, graduated in 1977 from Wroxeter-on-Severn School, a now-defunct private school where he had played lacrosse. His passion for the sport never waned - four of his nieces and nephews were serious lacrosse players and he was a regular at their high school games.

Mr. Morgan worked at a number of local bars and restaurants, most recently at the Eastport Clipper. He also held jobs at Ebb Tide Tavern and McGarvey's, where he was a cook and bartender.

"Kelly had a bigger-than-life personality," said his sister-in-law Erin Morgan. "He was a big man with a big personality. If he was in the room, everyone knew it. ... He was the quintessential bartender: quick with a smile, quick with a joke, but goodhearted."

All of Mr. Morgan's brothers had offered to donate a kidney to him when he first had severe health problems. Only one, Townsend L. Morgan of South Carolina, was a match, and he donated his kidney five years ago. Mr. Morgan's condition improved for a while, but recently, the transplanted kidney had failed and he had restarted dialysis.

Services were held Thursday.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his father, James H. Morgan II; and three other brothers, James H. Morgan III, Geofrey A. Morgan and W. Adam Morgan. All are of Annapolis.

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