James A. Morgan Jr., a commercial builder and developer in Sagamore Beach, died at his home in Sagamore Beach on July 7 after a long illness. He was 98.
Born and raised in South Boston, he was a graduate of Mechanic Arts High School in Boston. Mr. Morgan enlisted in the US Navy Construction Battalion (Seabees) shortly after World War II broke out in 1941. He was a combat veteran who saw duty in the Pacific Theater and served with distinction for the entire duration of the war in the 61st Battalion of the Seabees.
The Morgan family lived in Milton for 30 years and moved to Sagamore Beach in 1976. Mr. Morgan was active in public service, including past Noble Grand of the I.O.O.F. Bethesda Lodge, the Town of Milton Board of Examiners and as a commissioner of the North Sagamore Water District. He was a 77-year member of Local 327 of the Boston Carpenters Union and an active parishioner of the 4th Presbyterian Church of South Boston.
After a 27-year career as executive vice president and chief operating officer with the Poley-Abrams Corporation in Brookline, Mr. Morgan founded Kirkwood Corporation, a construction management and development firm based in Sagamore Beach.
He leaves his sons, James B. Morgan and his wife, Sharon, of Homosassa, Florida; William P. Morgan and his wife, Lauren, of Sagamore Beach; and Ronald K. Morgan and his wife, Christine, of Sagamore Beach.
Mr. Morgan also leaves five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and godchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Patricia (Page) Morgan; a son, David A. Morgan; and a granddaughter, Jennifer P. Morgan.
Funeral services were Tuesday, July 13, at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home in Bourne, followed by burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.