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E. Morton Leavitt
E. (Ernest) Morton Leavitt of West Ossipee, NH passed away at the age of 85 on November 25, 2023, at his home after a brief illness. Technically he died from a stomach aneurysm, but anyone who knew him well knows he died because of a broken heart and his strong will to be reunited with his beloved wife, Mary Ann, of 60 years.
Morton was born in Wolfeboro, NH on March 11, 1938, and was the son of Harry Morton Leavitt and Marguerite Huckins Leavitt (Whipple) of Ossipee, NH. He was married to Mary Ann Bellerose from May 8, 1963, to May 28, 2023, when she passed away. He is survived by his daughter Laurie Lewis Bain of Bailey, CO and son Scott Leavitt of Conway, NH. Morton was blessed to have four grandchildren (Joshua Stout, Kylie Lewis, Kennah Leavitt and Ryan Leavitt), three great-grandchildren (Sawyer, Brady and Bruin Stout), and three special young men and their families (Jeremiah, Jake and Joel Stout). He also leaves behind his cousin Helen Moran of Somerville, MA and two stepsisters Diane Whipple of Spring Hill, FL and Marilyn Loud of Wolfeboro, NH.
Morton went to Ossipee Central Elementary until 1946 when his father Harry, who had just been elected Carrol County High Sheriff and was two days shy of taking office, was killed in an automobile accident while transporting a prisoner to the State Prison. He and his mother soon moved to Arlington, MA but moved back to Center Ossipee a few years later.
In 1952 Morton started Kennett High School in Conway, NH where he was class president for two of the four years. He became a well-known and celebrated athlete and was voted into the New Hampshire First Team All-State football team his Junior and Senior years. Morton was also elected co-captain of the basketball team and was a starting first baseman for three years on the baseball team. He was inducted into the Kennett High School Hall of Fame in October 1995. Upon graduation he was accepted at several colleges, receiving offers that provided athletic scholarships.
Morton, however, decided to forgo those opportunities to enter the US Marine Corps in 1956 and received thirteen weeks of intensive training at Parris Island, SC. He was one of three (out of 60) to be promoted to Private First Class upon completion of basic training. He served in various capacities and spent time in the Middle East.
After being discharged, Morton attended the University of New Hampshire and studied Business Administration and was the starting first baseman. He then ventured into the finance business and worked for Local Finance in Boston, MA for a few years and then moved back to manage Coastal Finance in Conway, NH. This is where he met Mary Ann Bellerose, who had requested and was approved for a loan. After some convincing, she finally agreed to go out with him and four months later they were married. Mary Ann got to enjoy the Ford Falcon she bought and Morton got to pay off the loan....win-win!
Morton purchased a Ford car dealership in Kezar Falls, ME and when he sold that, he entered into a partnership with Stanley Rines in West Ossipee at his existing car dealership, “Rines Garage.”
In 1970, Morton purchased what was known as “Bradford’s Cove” along with the adjoining back land, and developed what is now known as “The Bluffs on Ossipee Lake.” After turning the operations over to the Bluffs Association, Morton purchased Tamworth Oil Company and served the community until 1983. From there he did lots of investing (stocks, real estate, issued personal loans, etc.) for income so that he and Mary Ann could spend the winters in Florida, which they did for about 20 years.
Morton then purchased a large parcel of land on Route 16 in West Ossipee and developed a driving range with a mini golf course named “Valley Golf” and enjoyed that for several years until he sold. Today the range bears the name “Bucket of Balls.”
Morton’s political achievements included serving the Town of Ossipee as a Selectman for six years, establishing the first full-time Ossipee Police Department and serving as a County Commissioner for four years.
A service will be held at Lord Funeral Home at 23 Club Lane in Wolfeboro, NH on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 2:00pm. Those who cannot attend in person will have the option of joining a live web session. The burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Freedom, NH in the spring of 2024 at which time we will congregate for the Celebration of Life at a location to be determined.
If you are interested in attending the December 9 service by web session or if you want to be informed personally about the spring event (an announcement will be in the newspaper), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.