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John Richie Morrison

July 25, 1924 August 27, 2020
John Richie Morrison
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John “Richie” Morrison, 96, of Hopewell passed away August 27th at the Hunterdon Care Center.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, he went on to live in Manhattan and Princeton, NJ before moving to the
scenic Sourlands in Hopewell, New Jersey.
He was a gifted and passionate artist. He studied painting at the Art Students League,
calligraphy at Brooklyn Museum, and earned a degree in Illustration, Art and Design from
Pratt Institute. He went on to have an illustrious career as a Commercial Artist. In 1950, he
opened his own studio, the John R. Morrison Studio in Manhattan. He designed and executed
campaigns for household names like General Electric and the Girl Scouts of America. He was a
member of the Advertising Club of New York, and was well known among the Commercial Art
community. In 1962, he invented "Touch n' Tuck"; the no sewing needlepoint kit popular in the
USA and Europe. In 1973, he and his wife Helen started their own company, Creative Classics,
where they developed and produced "PicturePoint". In line with their love of travel, they toured
the country participating in craft shows where they could share their product and meet new people.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served sea duty from 1943-1946 on the USS Bunker Hill aircraft
carrier in the South Pacic with thirteen engagements.
Son of the late James Leo and Alice Gaynor Morrison, husband of the late Helen Morrison, brother
of the late James Morrison, he is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Marlene and John Nietzel
of Cranford, NJ, and Lorraine Raywood and Doug Bollinger of Carversville, PA, 2 grandchildren,
Amanda Lee Nietzel and Emily Rose Nietzel, and a niece and nephews.
Private graveside services will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery with military honors. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, dav.org. Arrangements are by the
Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, Pennington, NJ.

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