Edmund Morrissey Senior founded Morrissey Construction Company in the basement of his home in 1952 with his wife Trixie by his side. Over the next several decades, Ed built Morrissey Construction on the principles of honesty, hard work and, most of all, TRUST.
As someone who firmly believed in a person’s word and handshake, Ed helped lay the foundation of his community as well as many other communities throughout the State of Illinois. His friends and family described him as a “trailblazer.” Living up to the name, Ed excelled in not only business, but family life and athletics, once trying out for a spot on the St. Louis Cardinal’s Major League Baseball Team.
While building Morrissey Construction, Ed and Trixie were also raising 11 children. Family and his children’s activities were top priority. Being an active presence in their lives, Ed took pride in leading by example and mentoring his children and 27 grandchildren.
Today, Morrissey Construction is one of the leading residential and commercial developers in the construction industry and is now headed by Ed’s son Michael M. Morrissey. Michael and his wife Linda also take pride in placing family first by playing active roles in the lives of their daughter Vanessa, their two sons Mike and Ryan, and their nine grandchildren.
Michael M. Morrissey began working for his father when he was 10 years old. Through the years he worked his way up as a laborer while in college, then as a carpenter, assistant superintendent, superintendent, vice president and now serves as President/CEO. His sons, Mike and Ryan, have also spent their entire professional lives climbing the ranks at the company. Mike now serves as Vice President/Director of Operations and Ryan serves as Treasurer/Director of Pre-construction.
Together, with the rest of the Morrissey Construction staff, the legacy that Ed created and principles with which he built the company, will be carried on and respected by future generations.
Ed Morrissey Sr. was extremely passionate about the business he built and made sure that each project had his stamp of approval up until he passed in 2011.
Here Ed stands on the structural steel beams of the Math and Science Building Complex on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in 2000.