Townshend- Mark Anthony Morse, 59, a lifelong resident of the West River Valley, died peacefully surrounded by his family, on July 24, 2018, at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, following a lengthy illness.
Mark was born at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend on February 27, 1959. The son of Earle and Margaret “Peg” (Harrington) Morse, he was raised and educated in Newfane and was a 1977 graduate of Leland & Gray Union High School.
He was a dedicated truck driver for Brown Enterprises for the majority of his adult life. He previously worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for Rescue Inc. in Brattleboro.
Active civically, he was a member and past chief of Newbrook Fire & Rescue in Newfane, member and past chief of the Townshend Volunteer Fire Department and a former volunteer for several years with Rescue Inc.
Mark was an active member in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Brattleboro Aerie #2445 for many years, some of which he served as a trustee for several terms.
Of his pastimes and interests, he enjoyed competing in area truck pulling events, watching NASCAR, snowmobiling with friends and family, and riding the back roads of Vermont. Above all, he cherished spending time with his family and was always known for his humor and making us all laugh. Mark also kept his pulse on the community- always keeping informed on what was happening in the Valley.
In addition to his loving companion of many years Jean Wilde of Newfane, he is also survived by the mother of his children, Tami Morse and her partner Michael Jenks; his daughter, Lindsey Cleveland and her husband John, of Townshend; son Taylor Morse and his partner Colby White of Brookline; son Austin Morse and his partner Jessica Burbank of Londonderry; brother Stephan Morse and his wife Jill, brother Earle W. Morse, Jr (Bill); sister Susan Morse and her partner Doug Brooks and his twin sister Maureen Holden and her husband Norman, all of Newfane.
Additionally, he leaves five grandchildren: Stella Cleveland, Kennedy Morse, Liam Morse, Emmett Cleveland, Bailey Morse, and one grandchild on the way. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, along with his extended Texas family, all who loved him and will miss him very much.
A celebration of Mark’s Life will be held August 11, 2018 at 2 pm at the Newfane Flea Market on Route 30.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mark’s name may be made to the Townshend Volunteer Fire Dept., Grafton Road, Townshend, VT 05353.