The last bell rarely signals the end of the day for a high school guidance counselor. John R. Morgan knew that as well as anyone.
After classes let out, Mr. Morgan switched from being a Chartiers Valley guidance counselor to one of the school's football coaches. If it wasn't football season, it was wrestling. And if he wasn't working with students, he was working with adults as a night school teacher.
For Mr. Morgan, a longtime Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club member and a man called to giving, these commitments of time came naturally. And he did it all while raising four daughters who never felt they didn't see enough of their dad.
"He was a man who required little sleep," his daughter, Joy Walsh of Atlanta, said. "He gave his whole life. Gave and expected nothing in return."
Mr. Morgan died Monday, five days short of his 75th birthday. He suffered heart problems and was being treated for ulcers at St. Clair Hospital at the time of his death.
The four daughters attended high school at Chartiers Valley, where their father worked. They enjoyed being able to go to him with any problems during the day -- and being able to take the car from school if they needed to.
Mr. Morgan's daughters also worked with him at the Scott Park pool, which he had been involved with since its opening in 1969. And being together in those times helped his daughters feel close with their father, despite his busy schedule.
Mr. Morgan played football at California University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the undefeated 1958 team. It was there he met Joyce, and the two married in December 1961, the winter after Mr. Morgan graduated. He later got his master's degree from Duquesne University, earning a counseling degree while teaching full time.
What he liked about counseling was the opportunity it gave him to help students go in the right direction. Whether it was a four-year university, technical school or the military, Mr. Morgan worked to find the best opportunity for each student. He was also very involved raising money for scholarship programs.
Mr. Morgan retired in 1995, but that didn't mean he stopped working to help others, just that he found new ways to do so. Sundays meant a trip to Giant Eagle after church to pick up baked goods and other items they were getting rid of to take to a food pantry. If he was going out of town, he made sure to find someone to cover for him.
Mr. Morgan remained active in the Rotary Club and supported Chartiers Valley football until his passing.
In addition to his wife and his daughter Joy, Mr. Morgan is survived by a sister, Nancy; daughters Janet Bronstorph and Jennifer Parsons of Atlanta, and Jamie Bezila of Shaler; and six grandchildren. Services will be held at Warchol Funeral Home in Bridgeville tonight from 7 to 9 and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Grace Church in Scott.
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