Sarasota FL – Donald Frederick Morrell passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the age of 93. Born January 28, 1928 in Elmira NY to Anthony and Gertrude Morrell, Donald was one of 10 siblings. He was married to Margaret Ellen Easton for 62 years before her death in 2013.
Donald is pre-deceased by his son, Gregory John Morrell, wife Margaret Ellen Morrell, grandson Adrian John Starkweather, brothers: Joseph, Jack, Paul, Gerald, Thomas, Carl, Edmund and Anthony.
Donald is survived by his sons James (Denise) Morrell, David (Anne) Morrell, Joel (Margaret) Morrell and Christopher (Mary Rock) Morrell and daughter Donna (William Bell) Rabits.
He is also survived by his sister, Pauline Nybeck.
Grandchildren: Lindsay (Patrick) Hewell, Jamie Morrell, Brandon (Carly) Morrell, Katharine Rabits, Bryan Morrell, Sarah Morrell, Stephen Morrell, Michael Morrell, Elizabeth Morrell and Geneva Morrell. Great Grandchildren: Ryder, Stella and Walker Hewell, Nixon and Winnie Morrell, Adrian and Destiny Starkweather, Aidden Morrell, Zayne Bolt, Olivia and Gracie Morrell.
Donald grew up in the men’s clothing business and was part of the family business, Morrell’s Tailors for many years before starting Gentlemen’s Quarters (GQ) in 1969, also a successful men’s clothing store. Donald had many passions in his life; the making of wine which he became quite good at and made toasting wine for one of his son’s wedding and always had some of his wine at GQ during the holidays for his customers. Donald loved to play golf. He loved the camaraderie of his many many friends, if not on the golf course, he frequented Fir Fin and Feather. Donald built his first house across from the Elmira Country Club which he became a member of. The Morrell family home held wonderful memories of holiday gatherings, celebrations, special Sunday night dinners and the laughter and tears of Donald and Margaret’s dear friends that included Ernie and Mary Sardo. Donald could often be found tending to his many “red” geraniums around his beautifully landscaped pool. He loved his “Frenchmen’s holidays” that all his children have learned to enjoy. He was a special grandfather, “BaPop” and great grandfather and was often referred to as Mr. “Wonderful”. His love for the outdoors was very evident in the many camping trips and summer vacations on Keuka Lake which he so enjoyed with his family. His last years were spent in Florida on the ocean in Ormond Beach and most recently Sarasota under the loving care of his daughter Donna (Schatzie)
Donald will be so missed by his family and friends and the wonderful memories will be cherished. Donations can be made to Tidewell Hospice, “who took such wonderful care of our Dad in his final days.” – https://tidewellhospice.org/home/ or to a charity of your choice in his memory. A celebration of life and private burial will be held by the family at a future date.