WILMINGTON- Skip Morrow, internationally known illustrator, artist, and musician, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday morning, May 28, from natural causes. He was 67.
Son of the late James Scott Morrow and Beryl (DaSylva) Morrow, he was born in Elizabeth, NJ.
Mr. Morrow’s love of music began at age 12 when he learned to play the guitar. When he was in high school he went on to play in a rock band called Mother’s Little Helpers. In 1974, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a focus on photojournalism from Rutgers University. Unable to land a job in this field after graduation, he turned to his talent as a singer, guitarist, and pianist and began playing music at establishments on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Bermuda, St. Thomas, New York City, the Caribbean, the Berkshires, Florida, and Boston, which included a performance for the New England Emmy Awards in 1984 at the Wang Center.
All the while, he loved to sketch. His art mostly consisted of cartoons, although he was talented in several mediums. In 1974, while still playing music on the Cape in the summers, he went to Mount Snow to find a gig playing music in the winter and became the resident musician at Snow Lake Lodge for five years. Later, he began playing at The Silo, performing with The Duck Tones and other local musicians. In 1980, he published the New York Times bestseller, “The Official I Hate Cats Book,” which launched his full-time career as an illustrator. Mr. Morrow went on to become an accomplished illustrator. He published many other books, calendars, and greeting cards, and did commissioned and freelance work for numerous corporations both locally and globally.
In 1981, he married Laraine in Wilmington. After 10 years of marriage she joined him at music gigs and they became a regular duet at local restaurants, most notably Fennessey’s for 15 years, the Roadhouse for 12 years, and the Hermitage Inn for 10 years. They have also played at many weddings and special events together. He was also instrumental in the annual Holiday Concerts to benefit the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry.
Mr. Morrow opened The Art of Humor Gallery in 2001 to showcase and sell his work. His artwork is also on display at the Wilmington Inn, West Dover Inn, the Grand Summit Hotel, and the Roadhouse.
Mr. Morrow will be remembered for his innovative mind, unique sense of humor, and artistic abilities. In earlier years he also flew planes and maintained a love of sailing, landscaping, and photography.
Mr. Morrow was a loving husband and father. He leaves his wife Laraine (Bevans) Morrow; their daughters Megan Judith Morrow and Lindsay Patience Morrow; sister Jeanne (Morrow) Stiehl, her husband Fred Stiehl, and their two sons Jonathan and Christopher; brother Scott Morrow, his wife Cheryl, and their son Douglas; his beloved cat Chance; as well as many friends made throughout the years.
Mr. Morrow has touched many lives over the course of his life and career and has been an important part of the community. He will be honored and remembered privately by his family and friends.
In his own words, “Cartooning is about trying to distill complex emotions and thoughts down to simple terms. It’s just a way to make sense of this crazy world.” It was always his wish to make people smile and laugh through his artwork. Please continue to do that.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home. To send personal condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.