SARANAC LAKE — A local legend became eternal over the weekend with the passing of Forrest W. “Dew Drop” Morgan.
The local veteran, champion bobsled athlete, businessman and quintessential storyteller died Saturday at Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid at age 90.
Born in Saranac Lake on Aug. 16, 1922, the local luminary spent most of his life here, sharing his vibrant perspective on life with everyone he met.
“Saranac Lake has lost its greatest icon with the passing of Forest ‘Dew Drop’ Morgan,” Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau said by email Monday.
“No other person was so emblematic of Saranac Lake’s zest for life, friendliness and loyalty. Dew Drop Morgan was indeed ‘Mr. Saranac Lake.’ On behalf of the village and the greater mournful community, I extend sorrow for this enormous loss to the Morgan family and our deepest condolences.”
Many remember encounters with the man who could tell a tale like no other.
“When I first moved to Saranac Lake, Dew Drop instantly treated me like family and told me many stories, getting me up to speed on the legends and lore of the community,” Rabideau said. “Stories he always had — most of them true— and smiles aplenty.
“He was a character in the best sense of the word, and he had character, the rock-solid kind that got him through a World War II POW camp and back home to raise a large and robust family and give so much life to Saranac Lake.”
On Monday, Historic Saranac Lake shared an HSLWiki page commemorating Morgan’s life of accomplishment, musings and adventure.
The nickname “Dew Drop” came early from an upperclassman, Murph O’Donnell.
Morgan recounted the story in an interview with SUNY Plattsburgh’s All Points North four years ago, saying the nickname came from a tussle in eighth grade.