By Lisa Pate, FRSA.
Morris was an FRSA Life Member, Campanella Award Recipient, Past President and Certified Professional Roofing Contractor (CPRC). He was father to Keith Swope, CPRC, Past President, Life Member and Campanella Award Recipient, and grandfather to Brian Swope, CPRC, FRSA President Elect.
Morris was a unique individual who was well known throughout the roofing industry – from his local Affiliate, WCRCA, to the national level where he served as an officer at the National Roofing Contractors Association.
He was heavily involved in the Florida codes arena, helping develop codes for the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI), through the Florida Building code and was respected for his code knowledge and gentle manner. Morris was instrumental in pushing for the state to develop the Florida roofing licensing test for roofing contractors and received the first roofing license issued.
He was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman and will be deeply missed.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 1 from 6-8 pm at Blount & Curry, Terrace Oaks Funeral Home, 12690 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617, phone: 813-988-9200. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 2 at 10 am at Mission Hill Church, 10002 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617.
Condolences can be sent to the Swope family at Tampa Roofing Co. Inc., 1700 E. Ellicott St., Tampa, FL 33610.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.