Aaron W. Morris

The Bee Man has passed

Aaron W. Morris 66, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Saratoga Springs, NY and was a 1972 graduate of Shenendehowa Central Schools and a graduate of SUNY Albany majoring in mathematics/computer science, class of 1981.

Aaron was one of the first computer specialists working at SUNY Albany, retiring in 2011. A world renown Master Beekeeper, Aaron was former President of the Empire State Beekeepers Association. He taught many beekeeping classes throughout the northeast including Cornell University. He was a member of Empire State Honey Producers, and the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association, holding numerous positions. He was also Master Beekeeper of the Eastern Agricultural Society.

He attended several international beekeeping conferences as a special invited guest and speaker. Aaron received multiple awards for his honey, beeswax, and candle making. Aaron enjoyed all aspects of gardening, including special gardens for bees, butterflies and birds. He especially enjoyed the company of family, friends, and his adopted second family, the residents of the Village of Round Lake.

He was predeceased by his father Ellis F. Morris, Sr. and his mother and stepfather Barbara Morris Lucarelli and Frank Lucarelli. Aaron is survived by his brothers Ellis Morris (Valerie) and Ross Morris (Edie); sister Daryl Morris Griffiths (Tim) and his loving friend Julia Corbally-Carson. He was a special uncle of Michael, Samantha, Elizabeth (Travis), Luke, Leora (Haylee), and Livia; great uncle of Dylan, Charlotte, and Theo. They lovingly called him Uncle Beezer.

A celebration of Aaron’s life will be held on a later date. Memorial contributions in memory of Aaron may be made to the Fund for the Preservation of the Round Lake Auditorium and Organ, c/o AP3, PO Box 546, Round Lake NY 12151

Guest Book

Adam Finkelstein

I just learned of Aaron's death. Reading over what his friends have said about him and his actions through life, I'm filled with emotion. I always enjoyed my time with Aaron! He was fair and kind.
The glorious Spring day here is brightened and enhanced with his spirit.

George and Mary Lee Blakeslee

Daryl, so sorry to learn of the death of Ellis. Wishing you and your family many of God's blessings at this difficult time and always.

Sue Sivers Drezek

So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate'er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be to you all

Carole Beauregard

It is very sad to think we no longer have Aaron in our village of Round Lake to bring us joy in seeing his smile and his friendly presence. I have bought honey from him for years. That will be another thing that we will miss from now on. I extend my sympathy and prayers to his whole family and hope it helps your sadness to lessen just knowing that while Aaron was with us he made a lasting impression and brightened people's days.

Bill Mares

Aaron's death is a sad moment for beekeepers world-wide. He was a champion herder of the "cats" on BEE-L. His mind was clear as a bell, even if his home gave a new definition to the word "cluttered." He had a generosity of spirit and a restless curiosity we'll all miss. The last time I spoke to him, he enthused about a drone he'd bought to do his early spring out-yard inspections when his truck couldn't negotiate the mud.

Suzanne Cohen

I was so sad to learn of Aaron's death. He had such a fun presence when he came to Betterbee, where I work, in Greenwich. He came in a while back in sandals, with his toenails all elaborately painted. It was wonderful! I will miss seeing him.

Tina Alviar

Aaron was such an interesting person to me. I loved, how he loved the important things in life.
Conversations were usually friendly, fun, educational and thought provoking. Aaron was passionate about things, and even when we didn't agree on things we were able to agree to disagree and still be friends. Aaron mattered and Aaron made a difference, in so many ways...to so many people.
I'm grateful for the time I got to spend with you.

Charlie Kavanaugh

My bees and I will miss him. My confidence in doing my "Hobby" has taken a hit. Will miss seeing his many hats.

Gregory Stoddard

A mighty oak has fallen, not soon to be replaced.

Jane and John

You will be missed our friend.......
Be Free -----

Rachel Garrison

So hard to find the words...Aaron was so interesting, creative, punny, and kind. Sitting in his house watching the news, talking about all aspects of life past and present, learning about bees and so much more is the tip of the iceberg. It won’t be the same without you. I already miss the insightful and funny conversations. God bless you dear friend.

Robert Lavery

I will always remember you and your hives. Our property has missed the sweet activities you brought to us. Rest in peace dear friend.

Bonnie and Bob Meager

Your brother will be missed by so many. He touched so many peoples lives. Sorry for your loss.

Kathryn Gulick

Aaron was my first "bee" teacher. I would always look forward to sharing a moment with him at meetings and events. Thank you Aaron for being a part of my life - and of the lives of all bees. You will be missed.

Barbara Potter

One of the greatest joys in my life as a ten year old, was coming home from school, going to my Aunt Barbara's house and being given permission to wheel Aaron around Round Lake in his baby carriage. It seems like just yesterday. How time flies when you are having fun.

I was always grateful that he frequently attended the annual Fuchs Family Reunion Picnic and joined us when a group of Fuchs descendants manicured our great-great-grandparents cemetery plot in Troy.

Pat Imbimbo

This is very sad, Aaron was a great person and a very skilled beekeeper and will be missed. Fair Winds my friend we have the watch.

Doug Moench

I first met Aaron in the Second Grade, and we immediately started a life-long friendship that has lasted almost 60 years. I have many fond memories skiing, tubing, and of course bee-keeping with Aaron. My wife Kathy and I are at a loss for words after his sudden and unexpected death. All we can say is "Godspeed my friend, Godspeed!".....

Karen Barton

You will be missed. I considered you my friend always. My heart and prayers go out to your family.

Bob Lounello

I too worked with Aaron for many years at UAlbany. He was truly one-of-a-kind and I didn't realize the impact that he had on his hometown community (Village of Round Lake) until I moved nearby and spent some time in the village..... literally everyone seemed to know Aaron. The 'Beeman' handle fit him perfectly because he lived and breathed beekeeping, but he also loved gardening and I would often see him in the Round Lake community garden toiling away. For almost 20 years I organized UAlbany Computing Center alumni luncheons and I could always count on Aaron being there, keeping the conversation moving and having an interesting story to tell. When we are once again able to break bread with the group, we will be sure to raise a glass in his honor.

Winona Einhornhitt

Aaron was a great neighbor. Our family bought lots of his honey, my daughters would get jars for gifts. He was always a smiling and friendly stop on the way to the post office. He will be greatly missed.

Sheila Daubney

I was deeply saddened to hear of Aaron's passing. I've know Aaron for 20 plus years working with him at UAlbany. We became fast friends and use to walk on our lunch break regularly, working on improving our health and getting our exercise. I always looked forward to it because our conversations and laughs helped pass the time while walking. Through that I really got to know him as person and I had the utmost respect for him, he was very insightful on many levels and knowing him was an asset to my life. Thank you Aaron for having walked in the same path for part of our lives I'll always remember you especially around our birthdays. Mine is 6/21 and his the 20th or 22nd I believe. Every year he'd wish me a Happy Solstice birthday...Rest in peace my unique, cool friend.

Lloyd Spear

Aaron was a fine friend. We 'worked bees' together for a very long time; perhaps 30 years. Aaron always wanted what was best for beekeeping and the bees and no one was ever in question of his views. I'll miss him and the beekeeping community has lost a valuable member.

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Zander

I will miss the chats we used to have over breakfast at Leah's. Each of us tried to get there before the other so we wouldn't be blinded by the sun at the corner table. By the time we finished their would be 5 or 6 villagers with us listening to Aaron talk about his bees and the way things used to be in the village. I will miss you my friend. Rest in Peace

Mikaline VanKuren

I had the pleasure of working with Aaron for many years at SUNY. Many many memories and good times. Rest in peace my friend.

Joyce Floud

Our deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time.

Ted Elk, Hammond New York

I was so saddened to hear about Aaron's passing. Aaron and I both were on the board of espa served many years together was a great guy, I remember one time he called and asked if I could pick him up an Amish picnic basket I think he had someone special in mind to gift it to. He was a fierce fighter for the bee industry.

Deb Corcoran

A fellow keeper of honey bee’s, peace to his family and friends.

Anthony Antonucci

As current President of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association I would like to express our extreme sadness in Aaron’s passing. He was a mainstay in our organization for many years as an officer, instructor, mentor, donator and overall friend to many beekeepers. He will be missed tremendously. We will be sure to tell the bees of his passing. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Isabel Nirenberg

I worked alongside of Aaron in his job at the Suny Albany computing center for 20 years. Appreciated his knowledge and his good humor. Bought many many many quarts of his great honey to make my mom's honey cake. He helped me with the layout of my first garden. He livened up our retiree meetings. He will be missed.

Stephen Uebrick

Aaron was a wonderful person to know. He was a good friend and a influential person in my life. His love of nature and gardening were things that I loved also. We both loved planting trees together in the Village of Round Lake when I lived there. We did this for many years on Arbor Day. His commitment never ended as he continued to plant trees there until now. Aaron also made excellent home brew that he often shared with me. Boy was that stuff good!
My heart feels the loss of Aaron and it’s hard to believe that he has left us here in this physical world. He is at peace now and I hope happy in his afterlife because of all of the good things he did in his life!

Kim Berry

I loved the fact that Aaron painted his toenails. That he developed special friendships with the children in the village. I loved his candied pecans and his passion for trees and birds and butterflies and bees. His joie de vivre was second to none and it's just incomprehensible that was taken away so soon, too soon. And even though I wasn't there to hear it, so many of you did ... that chorus of owls calling him home. My only consolation is knowing that I now have a second special angel watching over me. Love you to the moon and back, Aaron.

Ken Rawley

Things are now buzzing in heaven.

There was only one Bee Man.


Julie Mayman Garonce

Dear Morris Family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Aaron. May cherished memories help you through this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely, Julie

Oliver Comstock Reynolds

A good word never broke a tooth.
Farewell friend.

Robyn A. Shaffer

God speed dear Aaron. Your presence will forever surround your Round Lake Village as spring bulbs and flower seeds you have shared blossom. Their beauty will be your smile.

Nance Max

Rest In Peace Aaron. Fly with the angels. ❤️

Carol (Brown) Mercier

Daryl, Ross and Ellis, my prayers and sympathy go out to you in the death of Aaron. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by the people of Round Lake.

Judy Selig

Aaron, the village outpouring of grief, with your passing, is incredible. You were well loved and we miss your absence already. Here's to a wonderful neighbor and fellow nature lover. Even the owls marked your passing....

Samantha Miller

You were so much more than a neighbor and friend. You were my family. I’m so to miss you so incredibly much. Everywhere I go in our village I am reminded of you, and your kindness and unique aspect on life. I’ll miss our talks, and your knowledge on flowers, bees, trees, and your movie reviews. I love you Aaron, and thanks for loving me.

Will Northup

God speed, Aaron. Fair winds and following seas