Memorial Service Set For Joe Morgan On Sunday

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Died June 30 at the age of 77

ABOVE VIDEO: Joe Morgan talks about his life and career with John E. Anderson in May 2012. (BeCauseBusiness)

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR SUNDAY, JULY 7

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 7 for Joe Morgan at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, located at 3400 N. Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach.

Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

Morgan, a long time Cocoa Beach and Space Coast icon passed away on June 30 at the age of 77.

There will be a viewing at 1 p.m., with the service at 2 p.m.

FLAG TO BE LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF AT COCOA BEACH CITY HALL

In honor of Morgan’s legendary dedication to his community, the city of Cocoa Beach will lower the flag to half-staff at the City Hall on Friday, July 5.

In addition to serving the business and civic communities for six decades, Morgan was an ordained deacon and very active at Riverside Presbyterian Church. A dedicated humanitarian, Morgan participated in missionary trips to Mexico and Brazil. As a sideline, he performed weddings on the beach.

“He moved heaven and earth to make Cocoa Beach better,” said Mac McLouth, former Port Canaveral executive director and commissioner.

“He had a great enthusiasm for life and was always so outgoing and friendly. Joe will be deeply missed.”

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A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 7 for Joe Morgan at the Riverside Presbyterian Church, located at 3400 N. Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach.

ORIGINAL POST: JULY 1, 2013

Space Coast Icon Joe Morgan Dies At 77

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Long time Cocoa Beach and Space Coast icon Joe Morgan passed away last night at the age of 77.

Joe Morgan in 1966 during his first hitch as the the president of Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.  This photo appeared in National Enquirer for a story on the Official Welcome Station UFOs in Cocoa Beach.

Joe Morgan in 1966 during his first hitch as the the president of Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. This photo appeared in the National Enquirer for a story on the Official Welcome Station UFOs in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Morgan was the mayor of Cocoa Beach from 1993 to 1999, and was with North American Rockwell before retiring from Wachovia Bank after a 20-year career where he was the vice president of marketing.

Morgan had a special friendship with Neil Armstrong that began in the 1960’s when they were both at the Space Center. Morgan’s main role with North American Rockwell was to look after the astronauts, and they immediately bonded as they both went to college in Ohio.

He was also twice past president of the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (first in 1965, and then in 1985) and was one of the Space Coast’s biggest local historians and promoters, serving as the director of the Brevard County Historical Commission.

Bob Baugher

Bob Baugher

“I’ve known him all my life,” said Bob Baugher, a prominent local businessman and member of the Tourism Development Council.

“Joe was always the best promoter of Cocoa Beach. Whenever there was an issue about Cocoa Beach, he got right in the middle of it to help. He was always there for Cocoa Beach and the Space Coast.”

Morgan’s brother, Tim, operated the popular Alma’s Italian Restaurant on A1A, and his mom, “Mother Morgan” was also active socially and politically in Brevard County for many years.

Mac McLouth

Mac McLouth

‘MOVED HEAVEN AND EARTH’

An ordained deacon, Morgan was very active in his church – Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach. A dedicated humanitarian, Morgan participated in missionary trips to Mexico and Brazil. As a sideline, he performed weddings on the beach.

“He moved heaven and earth to make Cocoa Beach better,” said Mac McLouth, former Port Canaveral executive director and commissioner.

“He had a great enthusiasm for life and was always so outgoing and friendly. Joe will be deeply missed.”


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