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PORTEUS--The Right Rev. Morgan. 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, died peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at his home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, MA surrounded by his loving family. He was 102 years old. Son of the late Robert William and Ruth Morgan Porteus, he was born August 10, 1917 in Hartford, CT. Morgan moved with his family to Windsor, CT in 1920. He was predeceased by his sister, Martha Louise Porteus. As a boy, Morgan attended public schools in Windsor and graduated in 1941 from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. He received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He attended the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, and graduated in 1943. Morgan was ordained a deacon in 1943 and an Episcopal priest in 1944 at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT, where as a boy he sang in the choir. He considered the Cathedral to be the heart of his life and ministry. After serving as curate at Trinity Church, Torrington, CT, he accepted a call to be rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Cheshire, CT in 1944, where he served for 27 years. In 1957, Morgan co-founded the Chapel of St. James the Fisherman in Wellfleet, MA, where he served as priest-in-charge for 18 years. In 1971, he was elected as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, and served as Coadjutor Bishop from 1975 until 1977, when he was ordained the 11th Bishop of the Diocese at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT. He served as a member of the Standing Liturgical Commission of the National Episcopal Church for eight years until the 1979 Prayer Book was compiled and approved by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He retired in 1981, moved to Cape Cod, MA, and became an assisting Bishop in the Massachusetts Episcopal Diocese; a position he held until 2009. He was married in 1944 to Martha A. Walsh of Lowell, MA, the mother of his three sons. After the dissolution of this relationship, he married Rev. Joan Cottrel in 1988, and they have since been divorced. Morgan is survived by his three sons and their families: Rev. Christopher Porteus and his wife Rev. Beverly Porteus of Elkton, MD, Jonathan Porteus and his wife Nancy of South Wellfleet, MA, Milton Porteus of Windsor, CT, and seven grandchildren: Emily, Kate, Benjamin, Andrew, Eric, Linsey, and Sarah. A memorial service and interment will be held in the summer of 2020 at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Chapel in Wellfleet, MA. An additional graveside memorial and interment will be held at First Church Cemetery in Windsor, CT. Dates to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of one's choice.
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