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William Kenneth Morris
March 23, 1951 ~ January 2, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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William Kenneth (“Ken”) Morris passed away on January 2, 2024, after a two-year struggle with idiopathic lung disease. Ken was a leading national retail consultant, one of the founding members of Cambridge Retail Advisors, and a board member of the Boston Main Streets Foundation. Ken previously served as the founder and principal of Boston Retail Partners, the CEO and President of LakeWest Group, and the founder and CEO of Consumer Focus Technologies (CFT). Prior to founding CFT, Ken was a retail consultant at Deloitte & Touche and held various IT leadership positions at retailers including Filene’s and Lord and Taylor.
Ken was born and raised in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and attended Boston Latin School and Boston University. Ken worked hard his entire life and passed away on the first official day of his retirement. Ken had a magnetic personality and quickly formed lifelong friendships with colleagues and clients who were inspired by his optimism and energy for new projects.
Ken was brilliant, creative, dynamic, collaborative, and open-minded. He loved to golf, bike, and play tennis with family and friends. He also loved taking out his children and grandchildren on his Boston Whaler to fish and explore different islands in Florida and Maine. He also loved working with his wife Adele to invest in and improve different real estate projects in Massachusetts, Maine, and Florida. We will remember his bright eyes and warm smile forever.
Ken is survived by his wife Adele Morris, his son Matthew Morris, his daughter Lillian Rees, and his grandchildren Soren Rees, Dorothy Rees, and William Morris. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Bowers, his nephew Stephen Morris, and Adele’s siblings, nieces, and nephews who loved him dearly.
A memorial service will be held at the McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Home in Cohasset, Massachusetts on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a mass at St. Anthony’s Church across the street at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the Morris family requests that any donations be made in Ken’s name to the Boston Main Streets Foundation or the Audubon Society.