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Services Set For Anthony 'Duke' Morasco, Died In New Milford Plane Crash

Anthony 'Duke' Morasco of New Milford
Anthony 'Duke' Morasco of New Milford Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW MILFORD, Conn. — Anthony J. "Duke" Morasco, a Danbury-based flight instructor, mechanic and craftsman who also loved to write and sing, died Friday, Aug. 11, in a plane crash in New Milford. He was 57.

Morasco was a graduate of New Milford High School. He attended Heidelberg College in Ohio and Western Connecticut State University. At the time of his death, he was employed as a flight instructor at Arrow Aviation in Danbury.

In his life, Morasco excelled in many areas. He was an expert mechanic and craftsman who was able to build, replace, repair or re-create nearly anything. He was a meticulous craftsman — good enough was not good enough for him.

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He was also a gifted writer, poet and satirist, writing humorous poems, commentary and song parodies, which he enjoyed singing, as well as American song book and rock and roll classics. His intellect and wit were well-known. Morasco loved intelligent banter and had a brilliant sense of humor and comic timing.

His true passion was flying. From the time he was a child, Morasco had an interest in any aircraft — commercial, military or experimental. He acquired his private pilot's license in his 20s and continued his studies, learning to fly some of the most unusual and challenging aircraft ever made.

Morasco flew for many summers as an aerobatic performer in the Rhinebeck Air Show at the Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, N.Y., piloting World War I aircraft, flying maneuvers, offering rides in antique planes and even having his skills featured in an episode of "Man, Moment and Machine" on the History Channel.

He is survived by his father, Anthony S. Morasco and stepmother Gail Washburn of New Milford; sisters Annette and Jeffrey Marcus of Brookfield, Patricia Morasco and Louis Sproviero of Newtown, and Sharon and Edward Baldwin of Brookfield; and eight nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Harriet Berry.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford. A graveside service will take place at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in New Milford on Thursday Aug. 17, at 11 a.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the New Milford Animal Welfare Society, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776

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