Sheila Morgan

Sheila Morgan of Vineyard Haven died on June 12 after a brief illness. Born in Marblehead in 1928, Sheila was the widow of Guion Case Morgan, grandson of the famed founder of the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.

She was a long-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, first coming here as a new bride in 1952, then as a summer resident until she moved here permanently in 1988. Prior to that, she raised her family in Lawrenceville, N.J., where her husband taught at the prestigious Lawrenceville School. She was a larger-than-life figure on the Island, working as a therapist and author of the recently published “Pieces of the Puzzle.” Active in the self-help movement from the 1970s onward, she devoted her life to enriching the planet and the lives of those she touched. Her humor and generosity of spirit were apparent to anyone who met her. Her presence will be greatly missed.

Sheila is survived by her daughter Lee Megna, son-in-law Tom Megna and their children, Kate, Ben, and Colin; daughter Hilary Morgan and daughter-in-law Robin Dublin; son David Morgan and daughter-in-law Janice Cyr and his stepchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Kerry, and Shane, and a large extended family on and off the Island. A memorial celebration of Sheila’s life is planned for October 2, 2010, on Martha’s Vineyard, with details to follow. Donations in Sheila’s memory may be made to her favorite causes — Beyond War at www.beyondwar.org and Global Community at www.globalcommunity.org. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs.