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Irv Morrow

Founder of Manchester Corporation; avid outdoorsman, pilot, and sailor

Irv Morrow. (Courtesy photo)

Irv Morrow, 86, a Harvard resident for 45 years, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Feb. 12, 2021.

Irving B. Morrow Jr. was born in Medford on Sept. 25, 1935, to parents Irving B. Morrow Sr. and Jessie A. Morrow. Growing up in Belmont, he attended Belmont Academy and Cheshire Academy, helping with his father’s printing business, Acorn Printing, while his childhood summers were spent on Prince Edward Island, Canada, working on his grandparents’ farm.

Irv proudly served his country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany after World War II. He subsequently attended Purdue and Northeastern universities. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and joined Avco, working in the high-energy laser division.

His love of the environment and entrepreneurial spirit converged when he divined an opportunity for bespoke engineering solutions to pollution abatement and wastewater rehabilitation in industrial processes and founded Manchester Corporation, which he ran for over 45 years, based in Harvard. Irv had an insatiable curiosity and was a voracious reader of nonfiction and thriller novels. He could usually be found in the evenings reading in his recliner with his dog at his feet.

An enthusiastic adventurer, he was an accomplished pilot and sailor. Irv loved the outdoors, whether canoeing the Allagash River, helicopter-skiing in the Bugaboos, or hiking and skiing Tuckerman’s Ravine. He remained an avid skier into his 85th year and considered Stowe, Vermont, a second home. His children and grandchildren were a source of great pride, and his passion for skiing and the outdoors lives on through them.

Irv was predeceased by his wife, Priscilla Morrow. He is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Slavin and Samantha Morrow; grandchildren, Imogen Slavin, Audrey Slavin, Callan Slavin, and Dylan Gooch; sons-in-law Anthony Slavin and David Gooch; brother Phillip Morrow and sister-in-law Wanda Morrow; sister-in-law Sheila McCleery, her husband George, and their children Heather Joyner and Peter McCleery and families; and cousins, Henry Madigan and Jane Madigan.

A celebration of Irv’s life will be held when it is safe for family and friends to gather, post-pandemic.

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