December 15, 2000, Friday, Final Edition Copyright 2000 The Buffalo News The Buffalo News December 15, 2000, Friday, Final Edition (BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- Frederic H. Morgan of Kenmore, a retired Buffalo police officer known as "Mr. Skyway," died Tuesday (Dec. 12, 2000) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 75.
Born in North Tonawanda, he served in the Navy during World War II aboard the battleship USS Washington.
He joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1949 and served for 37 years. As daytime patrol officer on the Skyway, he was one of the officers who made the decision to close the span during bad weather.
In an interview in 1985, the cigar-smoking Morgan gave Buffalo News reporter Gene Warner his basic advice for motorists who break down on the Skyway.
"Stay in your car and keep your lights flashing," he said. "It's about all you can do."
He was a member of the Buffalo Police motorcycle unit and taught new officers how to ride. He began service with the department as a member of the Mounted Unit.
He was a master Mason and a member of Modestia Lodge 340, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the Chief Petty Officers Club, the USS Washington Reunion Group and the Retired Western New York Police Association.
For many years, he had a houseboat on Lake Erie.
His wife, Lydia Choczynski Morgan, died in 1971.
Surviving are a daughter, Marilyn Mackel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Thea Barone of the Town of Tonawanda; a longtime companion, Marie Utzig of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.