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Thomas R. Morley, Sr., former Morley Candy Makers President and Chairman of the Board has died at the age of 86

Sanders Announces Death of Former Morley Candy President, Thomas Morley, Sr.

Clinton Township, Mich., March 1, 2016 – Sanders and Morley Candy Makers, Inc. sadly announced today that Thomas R. Morley, Sr., former Morley Candy Makers President and Chairman of the Board died on February 29, 2016 at the age of 86.

Morley was the youngest son of Ervin and Julia Morley who began Morley Candy Makers in 1919. He led the company’s continued growth in providing fundraising candies. His vision also helped strengthen the confectioner’s private label business, which ultimately led to Morley Candy Makers’ purchase of the Sanders brand in 2002.

“For over 40 years I have had the opportunity to not only work with Mr. Morley, but to have him become part of my family,” said Sanders and Morley Candy Makers Vice President of Manufacturing Mike Koch, Sr. “He was a mentor that taught me about quality products and taking care of customers. His dedication to family, friends, and employees was unmatched. He was a compassionate man that would do anything to help someone out. He will be missed by all of us at the Morley Candy Makers and the Confectionery Industry.”

In addition to his love for work and family, Morley had a passion for hunting, and was a founding member of the Pioneer Hunting Club. He also served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Morley is survived by his wife, Helen E. Morley and four children Thomas Morley, Jr., Michael Morley, Sr., Daniel Morley and Mary Lynn Watts.


Visitation will be held at Kaul Funeral Home located at 28433 Jefferson in Saint Clair Shores on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. scripture service. Instate is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Saint Clair Shores. The community is also invited to share memories with the family online at www.kaulfuneralhome.com.



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About Sanders:

Sanders is a classic national brand featuring premium chocolates, dessert toppings and baked goods using original recipes dating as far back as 1875. Started by Fred Sanders in Detroit, Michigan, the brand is now owned by Morley Candy Makers, Inc., with its own rich history dating back to 1919. Sanders products can be found in multiple retailers across the United States, at Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shoppes in Michigan, or online at www.sanderscandy.com.


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