Wednesday night, October 29, 2014, The Villages developer H. Gary Morse passed away. He was 77.
It was Morse’s vision that transformed his father’s struggling mobile-home project into what the world knows today as The Villages, perhaps the most notable master-planned community ever developed.
A number of tributes have already been posted and there are surely more to come as word of Mr. Morse’s passing spreads.
We’ll link you up to some of the better ones below:
NPR – The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale
Orlando Sentinel – Villages developer had brilliant formula for success
Miami Herald – Gary Morse, The Villages developer and GOP mega donor, dies at age 77
Statement by Gov. Rick Scott: “Gary was a champion of Florida innovation. When molding The Villages into the one-of-a-kind community it is today, Gary demonstrated what makes our state so great – the idea that anyone can make a positive, lasting impact in the lives of generations to come. Gary’s boldness and entrepreneurial spirit is known internationally and helped define Florida as the place where anything is possible. Ann and I send our condolences to Renee, the Morse family and the entire community of The Villages today.”
Columba and I send our love to Renee and the entire Morse family. Gary was a great friend and inspiration. http://t.co/gSLgX40Zvk
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) October 30, 2014
Flags fly at half staff in honor of The Villages developer Gary Morse, dead at age 77. pic.twitter.com/hha3hpcC3Y
— Dave D’Marko (@DMarko13) October 30, 2014
Gary Morse brought a vision to FL & gave us America’s Friendliest Hometown. Prayers go to Renee & fam as we mourn the loss of a great leader
— Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) October 30, 2014
— Alex Leary (@learyreports) October 30, 2014