Educator, counselor was 'teacher in life'
John Morgan contributed to an undefeated championship football team at California State College of Pennsylvania before returning home to contribute to students and his community.
“He was just a kind-hearted guy who wanted to help people. There was nothing pretentious about him,” said longtime friend Michael Walsh Sr. of Sun City Carolina Lakes, S.C.
John R. Morgan of Scott died on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. He was 74.
Mr. Morgan was born and raised in Scott, where he graduated from Scott Township High School before attending what now is California University of Pennsylvania on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1961.
He played defensive back and center for the Vulcans and was a member of the 1958 team that won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship.
It was a source of pride for him, said his daughter, Jennifer Parsons of Lilburn, Ga. “We are all proud,” she said.
Mr. Morgan met his wife, Joyce Cunningham, at college.
He returned to Scott and taught high school history. He later earned a master's degree in guidance counseling from Duquesne University and became a counselor at Chartiers Valley High School, where his four daughters went to school, and he served as an assistant coach for the wrestling and football teams.
Among the football players he coached were two of Walsh's sons, including the youngest, Mike, who later married Morgan's daughter, Joy.
“My son is a lucky guy to have had him as a father-in-law,” Walsh said.
Mr. Morgan attended the Church of Our Lady of Grace in Scott, where he served in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was a longtime member of the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club.
He served as assistant manager of Scott Park Pool from its opening in 1969 until the early 1990s. The Allegheny County Counselors Association recognized Morgan as its Counselor of Distinction in 1988.
“He was so giving to everybody, and he didn't expect anything in return,” Parsons said. “He was a teacher in real life and a teacher in life.”
In addition to his wife, Joyce, and daughter Jennifer, Mr. Morgan is survived by his daughters, Janet Bronstorph of Dunwoody, Ga., Joy Walsh of Roswell, Ga., and Jamie Bezila of Shaler; a sister, Nancy Snyder of Strongsville, Ohio; and six grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Warchol Funeral Home, 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday in Our Lady of Grace Church in Scott.
Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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