Anthony Ian Morgan


Anthony (Tony) Ian Morgan passed away in his home in Heritage Village in Southbury, during the early hours of Feb. 15, surrounded by his family. He was born on Jan. 18, 1938, in New York City, and grew up in Belle Harbor, Queens, and New Rochelle, N.Y.

A voracious reader, he majored in American Literature while attending Brown University. After graduating, he returned to New York City, where he spent the next 40 years working as an executive in the fields of advertising and market research, contributing to the creation of memorable ad campaigns such as “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.” During this time he also taught graduate seminars in marketing and market research at Manhattan College and the University of Southern California, and published multiple professional journal articles. He was an avid tennis player, playing and competing into his early 80s. He was also a lover of art, design and architecture, and a lifelong fan of the New York Rangers.

After retiring, Mr. Morgan discovered a new passion — writing fiction. At age 70, he self-published his first novel, “Incident at Heidelberg.” It was followed by a second novel, “When the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead,” and a book of short stories and essays entitled “The Book of Morgan.” He went on to join the Heritage Village Writers’ Group where he served as editor for “An Anthology of Heritage Village Writers.” The collection commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Village and featured works by the writers’ group, as well as other contributors.

Mr. Morgan is survived by Mercedes Lopez-Morgan, his wife of 42 years; brother John and his wife, Nancy, of Fairbanks, Alaska; son Paul and his wife, Carmen, of Dallas, Ga.; daughter Melissa and her husband, John, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son Peter of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son Nick and his wife, Elizabeth, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Veronica, Mikaela, Esme, Sidonie, Bennett, and Paige; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Dylan, and Ryan.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to Southbury Public Library, Attn: Shirley Thorson, Head Librarian, 100 Poverty Road, Southbury, CT 06488. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit