Allen Morrison

by | Sep 19, 2016 | Obituaries

NORFOLK—Allen Morrison passed peacefully in his sleep on September 1, 2016 at the age of 95.

He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Larry Quate and Wendy and Barry Lance; his grandchildren John David Quate, Kevin Lance, Holly and husband Jesse Loomis, brother in-law Gilbert Spencer and wife Kendall and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Doris and his brother Melvin.

Born on May 2, 1921, he grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and attended Wilson High School and Virginia Tech. He was stationed in Belgium during World War ii as a member of the US Army. After marriage, he and Doris lived in Norfolk, spent their summers at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and in later years, winters in Palm Beach, Florida. Along with his wife, Doris and brother-in-law Maury, Allen established an import-export business, international Trading Corporation of Virginia. He later went on to found Continental Trading Corporation, an optical import-export company, which he headed for many years until his retirement in 1991.

Traveling, fishing on Saturdays with his friends and most of all doting on his wife, children and three precious grandchildren were what Allen enjoyed most. Their beloved Poppy will always hold a special place in their hearts. He was a gentle gentleman; a man of character and of his word who served as a sterling example to his children and grandchildren. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met. His warmth, charm and humor endeared him to all. And for his family, there was no impossible task.

Allen belonged to Ohef Sholom Temple and was a Virginia Freemason. He was recently recognized for 70 years of service by Masonic Lodge Norfolk No.1.

His family will cherish his memory and will miss forever his ready smile, can do attitude and winning charm. They are grateful to all who have befriended him for their kindness and caring.

Graveside services were held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice. H. D.Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at