EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A young boy stands in a mailman Halloween costume standing next to a man dressed identically. The man has a close arm around the boy as both smile at the camera.
The man pictured was William Morgan. Bill, as friends called him, was a beloved mailman who worked in the Lawrence Brook section of East Brunswick. Morgan died from cancer on August 3 and a memorial was hosted in his honor. An obituary posted by Lester Memorial Home in Jamesburg says, "Bill was an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association, where he won many races along the East Coast over the years. Bill was also an active member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 25 in Milltown, NJ. One of his proudest moments was when he accompanied Navy SEAL veteran Michael Dowens on a 24-hour-long walk from Washington, DC to the East Brunswick VFW to raise money for Unbroken Warriors suffering from PTSD. He was a very proud American and proud to be able to ride the roads of his beautiful country with the wind blowing in his face."
“I received many messages of amazing things he did for others asking for nothing in return,” said Cyndi Dawson, resident whom Morgan frequently spoke to. “That pretty much sums it up - a man who was just kind to everyone and always smiling with a warm hello.”
Hearing of his diagnosis of cancer, Dawson started a GoFundMe to help with costs for treatment care. Residents raised over $10,000 dedicated to Morgan. The money has been used to address costs associated with his hospitalization and care.
“I received messages from so many relating stories of things he did for them," Dawson recounts. “He wouldn’t take money for painting, building a little boy's bed... story after story.”
East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen has agreed to plant a tree in the Lawrence Brook neighborhood per the request of residents named in Bill’s honor. It is expected to be planted this Fall or early next September, pledged the Recreation, Parks & Community Services.
A “Benefit for Billy” was organized jointly by the American Legion Post 25 Milltown and VFW Post 133 East Brunswick. It was hosted on September 27 in Milltown as a warm reception by a close-knit local group of people.
“He was a great man who became part of your extended family, always stopped to ask about your day and your family,” says Beth Grekowski, an East Brunswick resident.
She remembers him as “a legend in the Lawrence Brook neighborhood”.