NEIL MORCHOWER Obituary
 
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NEIL MORCHOWER

August 28, 1936 - May 16, 2014
Obituary

Neil Morchower, August 28, 1936–May 16, 2014 Neil Morchower was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, one of three sons of William and Ruth Morchower. He excelled in athletics in high school and was admired by his peers. He attended University of Cincinatti and Fairleigh Dickinson University, and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Management and Architecture. He relocated to California and became a licensed architect in the State of California. He married Judy Felton and they had two children, Scott and Dori. They lived in Los Angeles and eventually settled in Irvine, where he happily lived the rest of his life. He and Judy...
Neil Morchower, August 28, 1936–May 16, 2014

Neil Morchower was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, one of three sons of William and Ruth Morchower. He excelled in athletics in high school and was admired by his peers. He attended University of Cincinatti and Fairleigh Dickinson University, and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Management and Architecture.
He relocated to California and became a licensed architect in the State of California. He married Judy Felton and they had two children, Scott and Dori. They lived in Los Angeles and eventually settled in Irvine, where he happily lived the rest of his life. He and Judy divorced, but remained devoted parents in cooperation and good friends.
He worked at Max Starkman & Associates and Albert C. Martin & Associates architectural firms in Los Angeles, and was an independent consultant for the last 15 years of his life. He was among the founding members of the Architects and Engineers Association, and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He supported the Wounded Warrior Project and the Jewish National Fund.
He was a great athlete throughout his life, and loved basketball, football, baseball, skiing, tennis, and running. He shared his love of sports with his children, and brought them on ski trips and to ball games. He taught them to swim, and they spent many afternoons in the pool and playing ball in the greenbelts of Irvine. He took them on bike rides to Balboa Island on weekends.
In his 50's he started outrigger canoeing, and for the next 20 years, it was his favorite sport. He went to practices four times a week, and competitions on Saturdays. He competed in races to Catalina and in Hawaii. He participated in a senior's basketball league, and continued to paddle and ski into his 70's.

In 1997, through friends from high school, he reunited with his high school prom date, Natalie Schwartz. He surprised her by showing up at her 60th birthday party, and they have been together ever since.
He was a loyal and devoted family man, and took great care of his mother, Ruth, toward the end of her life, when she was suffering from Alzheimer's. He always lived within walking distance of his children while they were young, and was a loving, attentive and supportive father.
He was a faithful friend to many, and known for his sense of humor, loyalty, intelligence, integrity, and passion for political causes. He put up a valiant and heroic fight against the cancer that plagued him for nine years, never complaining. He inspired all those around him, including his doctors.

He lived long enough to see the births of his beloved grandchildren, Eli and Ayla, and they brought him enormous joy. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his partner, Natalie Schwartz, son Scott Martin Morchower, daughter Dori Eileen Ward, their spouses Kimberley Morchower and Andrew Ward, Natalie's son Gary Schwartz, grandchildren Eli William and Ayla Lillian, brothers Donald and Michael, their spouses Goldie and Kathy, ex-wife Judy, and nephews, Matthew, Todd and Randy.

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