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Morpeth, Howard Hemsworth, Jr. February 17, 1937 - April 1, 2024

Howard Hemsworth Morpeth, Jr., age 87, of Port Murray, NJ died Monday, April 1, 2024 at the home of his daughter in Lebanon, NJ. Howard was born February 17, 1937 in North Arlington, NJ to the late Howard Hemsworth and Anna Catherine (Oese) Morpeth, Sr. In addition to his parents, Howard is preceded in death by his two brothers, Robert and Georgie Morpeth.

Howard grew up in Lyndhurst, NJ most of his childhood. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps during peace time from 1956 to 1959 and played on the US Marine Corps football team. In 1964, Howard married his bride of almost 60 years, Ann Doonan and lived in Whippany with his parents for a few years. Howard and Ann then moved to Port Murray, NJ, in 1967, where they built their home and raised their three children. During those years, Howard was employed as a butcher at Budd’s Market and at Ross’s Foodtown for over 20 years, all the while being a gentleman farmer of almost 8 acres of land. He made a change of employment in the early 1980’s first selling pressure washer equipment for Metro Hotsy and then taking the risk to start his own family business, Aquatech-USA, in the same industry. He retired in 2004 and enjoyed spending his days driving around to visiting friends and family, perusing garage sales, collecting breweriana, “stuff”, and “other treasures”. His evenings were reserved to going out dancing with Ann and their dear friends to area dance halls and outdoor concerts. Howard was a sports fan especially of Giants football and Rangers hockey. In his younger years, Howard coached and helped develop some youth sports programs in both Mansfield and Hackettstown.

Howard is survived by his beloved wife: Ann (Doonan) Morpeth, his two daughters, Pamela Romanek and husband Don, Susan Yerega, a son, Christopher Morpeth and wife Michele, a sister, Barbara McClain and husband James, four grandchildren, Frank and Matthew Yerega, Kayleigh Morpeth, Jacob Romanek and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 am on Friday, April 5 at St. Theodore R. C. Church, 855 Route 57, Port Murray, NJ with Father Damien officiating.  Burial will be in Holy Rood Cemetery, Morristown following services.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 4 from 1- 4 pm and 7-9 pm & Friday, April 5 from 9-10 am at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Howard’s name to a charity close to your heart.


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    Jeff marchioni says

    Omg i loved your dad im sorry

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    Ejvind Boccolini says

    My thoughts are with the Morpeth family in this difficult time…I enjoyed speaking with Howard over the many years I’ve known him, and the Morpeth family is close to mine – since I was a little boy…I honor Howard and keep his memory in my heart…

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    Kim Woellecke says

    Sending prayers for your family at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

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    Sunil Jain says

    Sincere Condolences. I came to know Howard through Pam, and I can say he did a great job in imparting good values to next generation!

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    Chick and Linda Dimiceli says

    Our condolences to the Morpath family them Ann you are in our prayers I have been thinking about all those memories with Howard It’s been so long and so many to tell but I enjoyed them and will always remember them God Bless

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    Rene Miramontes says

    So sorry for your precious loss. I pray for comfort for your family during this time.

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    Jessica Lopez says

    My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

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    Lorelyn Padojino says

    Peace, prayer and condolences to you and your family.

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    Shilpa K K says

    My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. May you find the strength to cope with your loss. Take care.

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    Robin Seip says

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to Ann and the entire family. Jim and I have so many fond memories of watching Howard and Ann dance across the floor at the Knights. They were loyal fans of ours, and we had many interesting conversations with them. It’s never easy losing someone we love, but please know that he will be missed by all his friends, ourselves included. Hold on the wonderful memories you have of him. He will live in your hearts forever. Sending prayers and hugs your way! All our love, Robin and Jim

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