Robert “Bob” Elliott Morris passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, in Coronado at the age of 88. Known as “Sea Bob” to his family, he is survived by his two-stepsons, their wives, and his five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and brother, Hal.
Bob was the son of Harold and Fairy Morris of Athens, Georgia. He grew up in Athens and graduated from Athens High School in 1947. Ever the athlete, he was on the school’s football and basketball teams, and was also an excellent swimmer and camper. Bob had many fond memories of enjoying summers at the Athens YMCA Summer Camp.
After one year at Marion Military Institute, Bob went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated with the class of ’52. His camaraderie and relationships with his classmates, along with his pride in being an Annapolis graduate, were important to him throughout his life.
After graduation, Bob began his naval career by completing Naval Air Training and emerging as a Tailhook Pilot. Over the next 25 years, Bob was initially stationed at Miramar Naval Air Station and, subsequently, at North Island in Coronado. He completed over 500 carrier landings in his career, with some 200 of them being at night.
Bob’s passion for flying and love of planes continued throughout his retirement years. From his home in the Coronado Shores, Bob cherished his panoramic view of San Diego Bay and a direct line of sight overlooking the flight path into Lindbergh Field. He marveled when aircraft carriers made their way into the bay and would light up “like a kid in a candy store” when commercial airliners would come in for landings.
After completing two degrees from the Navy Postgraduate School and serving his country for nearly three decades, Bob retired to Coronado in 1978. This is where he began his lifelong pursuit of recreational research. His two biggest loves were bicycling and tennis. As an avid cyclist, Bob traversed the U.S. on three different occasions, and toured 13 other countries. Aside from cycling, Bob was an enthusiastic tennis player. You could regularly find him on the courts playing whenever possible.
Bob was a confirmed bachelor until he met the love of his life, Jean, in 1992, whom he later married. During their 23 years together, they traveled the world, supported local arts, played tennis, and enjoyed life to the fullest. They devoted themselves to their family and took great joy in watching their grandchildren grow. Their passion for life and generosity was evident to everyone they encountered. Bob lost Jean to cancer in 2016 and remained committed to her until the day he died.
Bob was a positive, kind, loving, and generous man who will be greatly missed by his family. He died peacefully at home with family by his side. He lived a full life and professed to love every minute of it. On Wednesday, April 24, he will be laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.
When asked about his life, Bob always proclaimed, “if I ever get to come back to this world, I want to come back as me.” So be on the lookout for Commander Morris!