Jul 21 2012

Remembering Morton: 1929-2012

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My Dad, Morton Ide, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at St. Raphael’s Hospital, New Haven, Conn., surrounded by his wife, Phyllis, of 59 years, his three sons, other family and friends. The information below was partially from his obituary.

Dad was born at Grace Hospital in New Haven, the middle son of Rachel and Edward Ide of New Haven.

He attended New Haven schools and graduated Hillhouse High in 1948. He married Phyllis on May 17, 1953. He lived in North Haven for 50 years.

Morton & Phyllis Ide in 1969

Morton & Phyllis Ide in 1969

Dad worked as an X-ray technician with United Nuclear Corp. for many years and later worked in quality control for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in North Haven, retiring in 1995.

In 2007 he was awarded for years of service as a poll worker in North Haven. In recent years he also worked with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Gregarious and outgoing, he enjoyed travel with his dear friends. He was an avid fan of the N.Y. Mets, the N.Y. Giants, and UConn Huskies Girls Basketball. He also enjoyed history and researching his family ancestry. Several years ago, he and I spent days researching our family history at the National Archives in Waltham, Mass. We were both thrilled when we found on file there his grandfather’s naturalization papers. Not just copies, but the actual document signed by his grandfather.

Dad was very proud of his grandchildren, enjoying that Jared and Rachel both were attending college and doing well. He was always present and involved in the lives of his granddaughters Lauren, Katelyn and Samantha, whom he saw frequently. “No matter what grandpa could always make you laugh and bring a smile to your face,” said Lauren.

Dad and Mom with all the grandchildren, Thanksgiving 2011.

Dad and Mom with all the grandchildren, Thanksgiving 2011.

Dad and I together at his 80th birthday party in 2009.

Dad and I together at his 80th birthday party in 2009.

Dad with his three boys at a Mets game in 2010.

Dad with his three boys at a Mets game in 2010.

When I was growing up, Morty was always involved in his family. He fixed the family cars with all three of his boys, though Danny really picked up the mechanical genes. I remember helping change water pumps, hoses, flushing radiators. You name it, I bet we fixed it. I was not very good at this stuff, but Dad was patient with me. He was proud of Danny’s involvement in football and David’s involvement in North Haven track.

I conducted a series of interviews with Dad, asking all sorts of family questions. Those videos are here:

You can tell from the interviews that Dad loved to talk about our family history and the events that shaped his life. We will all miss him dearly.

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Jun 26 2010

The boys with Dad at Citi Field

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The boys with Dad

Steve, Danny & David with Dad at Citi Field. More photos.

Yeh, the Mets lost that day and Prince Harry threw out the first pitch,
but it was a fascinating visit to Citi Field.

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Dec 12 2009

Mort’s 80th Birthday

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Videos from party:


Click to see photos from Dad’s 80th Birthday

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Oct 22 2008

Samantha with her grandparents

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