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March 21, 1923 – Feb. 21, 2014

John P. Morse, a retired industrial arts teacher in the Newfane Central School District, died Feb. 21 in Las Vegas, after a lengthy illness. He was 90.

Born in Auburn, Mr. Morse was a graduate of Lockport High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffalo State College.

He was an aerial photographer in search and rescue with the Army Air Forces, flying over the “Hump” in China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. He was a member of the Hump Pilots Association.

Mr. Morse also was an avid tennis player and photographer, as well as a radio-control airplane enthusiast.

He was integral in organizing what is now known as the Day Road model airplane field in Lockport.

He joined the Newfane district in 1962, retiring in 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; four sons, Mark, Wayne, John and Paul; and five daughters, Susan Weiss, Loretta, Diane, Judy Little and Dawn Jay.

Services were private.