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Robert Morrison

Robert Joseph Morrison

Saturday, April 15th, 1944 - Sunday, March 17th, 2019
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Mr. Robert Joseph Morrison passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 17, 2019. He was 74 years of age.

Bob was born in Buffalo, New York on April 15, 1944. He was a graduate of Clarence High School and Colorado College where he obtained his BA in Economics.

Art was at the center of Bob's life. A seasoned collector of contemporary art and photography, Bob brought this experience into the finance and philanthropic arenas.

He was active in many organizations which included serving on the Board of Governors, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA,, Strategic consultant and writer producer for The Project Group with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and authored "The Fine Art of Tangible Assets". He developed and organized a symposium with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and U.S. Trust in 2008 where he Invited 16 international professionals from finance, law, the arts and philanthropy to discuss how collectors can turn their collections into philanthropic capital.

Bob organized a symposium at The FLAG Art Foundation with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to discuss how global economic issues have challenged the contemporary art world.

He developed and curated an exhibition of 52 photographs from the environmental photographs by Hussain Aga Khan. Bob created a digital summer camp to enable today's youth to develop an appreciation and basic understanding of environmental and ecological issues through digital photography.

Bob was a member and active with The William Way Community Center.

Prior to retirement, Bob was accomplished in the marketing and advertising industry and successfully developed Tastycake's well known promotion and jingle "Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a tasty cake."

In his spare time he enjoyed spending time relaxing with friends at the Lombard Swim Club and yearly vacations to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, buying and selling pieces at Freeman's Auction House, ski trips, walking, keeping active and healthy.

Bob is the loving son of the late Edgar and Emily Morrison of Buffalo,NY., loving brother Ronald C. (Debra) Uncle of Brian Morrison (Bianca) Gatto and Kathryn (James) Paolini. Dear great-uncle of Roman and Mia Paolini; he is also survived by many dear friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation on Saturday afternoon, March 23rd from 2 to 5 P.M. at Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Inc., 2232-40 S.Broad Street (at Wolf Street), Philadelphia

We encourage everyone to attend his Life Celebration Service Saturday 5 PM at the funeral home - during this special service of remembrance, there will be an opportunity to share your thoughts, stories and memories of Bob.

There will be ample parking available in our lot, reserved on our street and in the Rota lot adjacent to the 7-11. We are easily accessible by the Snyder Avenue stop of the Broad Street Subway and walking 2 blocks south on the west side of Broad Street.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Inc.
    2232-2240 S. Broad Street
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 5:00pm
    Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Inc.
    2232-2240 S. Broad Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Reed Wessells Nichols

Posted at 03:29pm
We are so very sad and devastated to have just learned that we have lost Bob. He was a dear friend, irreplaceable mentor to Brett and an usher in our wedding— a significant figure for our family. We will miss his generous spirit and love of art, and the incredible legacy of passion for it he leaves. We send our deepest sympathies to Bob’s family, and are terribly sad to have missed his Life Celebration. We will continue to celebrate him and his memory in our hearts forever.
Reed, Brett, Phoebe and Eliza Nichols

Stephanie Heinley

Posted at 10:57pm
Sadly, we just learned of Bob's sudden passing. He was a co-worker and mentor to my husband Michael for many years and became a dear friend to us both and our children. We will always cherish our time with Bob and are thankful for his friendship and guidance over the years. I personally will always remember his great dinner parties, visiting him in Phila., after we moved to the "Burbs" and his lovely and kind way with our kids. Their faces would light up as he would give them a "walking tour" of all of the artwork in his apartment - he was always interested to hear why they liked a particular piece and I know sharing this love of the Art world with others was a driving force behind all of the wonderful programs he helped to start.
Rest peacefully, Bob. You will be dearly missed and our deepest condolences to Bob's family.

Michael, Stephanie, Colin & Brenna Heinley


Posted at 12:42pm
Deepest condolences for your loss. May your family find comfort in the scriptural hope found at Revelation 21:4:"...death will be no more.., the former things have passed away." Please visit

Terry Hixson

Posted at 02:35pm
With deepest sympathy,
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Accept our most sincere condolences for the loss of great long term friend who will be remembered for ever.... Gil Pereira & John Adler.
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