Edward John Mourick, 92, of Bonita Springs, FL and summer resident of Morristown, died peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014. He had been in failing health for several years.
Graveside memorial services will be held for both Mr. Mourick and his recently deceased wife, Charlotte, this summer at a time to be announced by the family. Full military honors will be held for Mr. Mourick who was a WWII Marine Corps veteran.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Bruce (Judith Ann) Van Arnam, Morristown and Hudson, FL, Mrs. Joseph (Charlene) Ott, Morristown and Estero, FL and Mrs. Jeff (Debra) Mitchell, Minster, OH; five sons, James Mourick, Mountain View, MO, Thomas Mourick, Morristown and Bonita Springs, FL, David (Barbara) Mourick, Esq., Bonita Springs, FL, Wayne (Donna) Mourick, Ft. Myers, FL and Gary (Dawn) Mourick, Sykesville, MD; and 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild.
Predeceasing him was his wife, Charlotte R. Mourick on January 18, 2014; and a son, Edward John Mourick Jr., who died in 1964.
He was born on April 4, 1921, the son of John and Pearl (née LaCroix) Mourick. A graduate of Canton Central school in 1937 he met his wife, Charlotte while working at Rockland State Hospital in Rockland County, NY. The couple married in June 1941 and returned to the Ogdensburg area. He worked at Alcoa in Massena until enlisting in the US Marine Corp in July of 1944. Edward served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII and fought on Iwo Jima among other battles. He was honorably discharged as a Private First Class in November of 1945 and returned home.
The couple then purchased Newton's Lodge on State Route #37, just east of Morristown. They renamed it "The Lodge". The Mourick's, along with their 9 children expanded The Lodge from a Texas Hots stand to a full-scale restaurant noted for its Friday Night Fish Fry. The restaurant continued as a family operation until it was sold in 1993. Edward also owned and operated “Eddie’s” in Ogdensburg during the 1960’s.
Mr. Mourick was a former member of the Morristown Central School Board of Education, Morristown VFW, American Legion, Civil Air Patrol, Morristown Fire Dept., Beham Fish & Game club of S. Colton, NY, and later, the Morristown marauders scooter club. A licensed airplane pilot, he belonged to the Morristown Flying Club, Mr. Mourick continued to enjoy his summers at their camp on the St. Lawrence River until 2011 when failing health curtailed his travels.
Arrangements are with Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 Tamiami Trail South, Bonita Springs, FL.