Captain Christopher (Kip) O’Connor Mors

February 25, 1970 - September 10, 2022

Captain Christopher (Kip) O’Connor Mors, 52, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past year, formerly of Tavernier Key, FL and Antioch, IL, unexpectedly passed away Saturday, September 10, 2022 in his home in Cape Coral. He was born February 25, 1970 in Lake Forest, IL.

Kip was a proud Veteran of the United States Marines from 1988-1996 where he served as an Aviation Mechanic and Crew Chief for the UH1N Huey helicopter. In 1990, he was deployed to Iraq and continued his service in Operation Desert Storm. During his time in the Marines, he received the Rifle Expert Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Letters of Appreciation (2nd Award).

Following Kip’s service in the military, he attended Flight Safety Academy and received his Private Pilot’s license in 1999. The year after, Kip graduated The Pacific Maritime Academy with a 200-ton Master’s including sailing and towing endorsements, as well as a marine transportation certification. Kip worked as a Field Supervisor for Pipe Freezing Services from 1994-2008. Kip then moved to Key Largo where he was a Tow Boat Captain for the next 12 years. During Kip’s time as a Tow Boat Captain, he also worked as a Chief Mate for the Shedd Aquarium. As a Chief Mate, Kip was the First Officer of the research vessel, Coral Reef II. Aside from Kip’s many other responsibilities working for the Shedd Aquarium, his role provided a platform for many different scientific expeditions and educational opportunities throughout the Caribbean. Kip’s next adventure was in the Hawaiian Islands where he was the Mate at Kirby Offshore Marine, the largest United States operator of coastal tank barges and towing vessels. Captain Kip’s final adventure at sea was as a Captain at McCulley Marine Services in Fort Pierce, FL.

Kip was someone who honored his heritage, and service in the military. As Kip became an expert in his field, whether he was Captaining a vessel, scuba diving or near water, he felt at home. Kip’s family is proud of his accomplishments and of the kind, loving man he was.

Kip is survived by his loving father, Don Mors of Antioch, IL; loyal brother, Sean Mors (Melissa) of Antioch, IL; as well as a niece and nephew, Kennedy and Seamus. Along with his Uncle Thomas Mors (Judy), Uncle John Mors (Mary) and many cousins and friends.

Kip was preceded in death by his mother, Sheila Mors.

A Celebration of Kip’s Life will be held at Herner’s Hideaway in Genoa City, WI on October 29th, 2022 and Caribbean Club in Key Largo, FL on March 31st, 2023 where he will be buried at sea. Details to be announced at a later date via

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Memorial Contributions in memory of Captain Christopher (Kip) O’Connor Mors are suggested to Tunnels To Towers Foundation and The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, FL.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Jerelyn M Daly Sep 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    An Honorable man, friend ! I will miss him immensely!!! My Condolences to everyone. God Speed Kip!

  2. Brian Tjader Sep 15, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    So sorry to hear of Kips passing we had a lot of fun delivering my boat to Chicago and listening to his military story.

  3. Judy Mors-Kotrba Sep 16, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    My heartfelt Condolences for your loss. May God give you strength during this time ~ with Love ❤️ Judy Mors-Kotrba

  4. Tammie munson Sep 16, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Kip was best friend ever he was always there for me listened made me laugh made me look at him weird when he come up with some of his crazy ideas or thoughts I will truly truly miss my best friend.

  5. Andrew McDonald Sep 18, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Ir really enjoyed the time i got wo work with and spend with Kip in Hawaii. Always had great stories and he was an increadibly nice guy.

  6. John Kealoha Sep 18, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    I’ll miss our little talks and reminiscing of his time at Kirby in Hawaii also his adventures in Florida. Kip and I clicked from day one and he was always a good friend to me. I hope he would say the same for me. Aloha no Kip. A hui hou kanaka.

  7. Patt Sep 18, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    A true original. We had some great time scuba diving and hitting the dive bars in Honolulu. You will be missed my friend.

  8. La'amai Sep 21, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    I had the pleasure of working with Kip in Hawaii. He had a tremendous heart and swagger that is tough to match. Safe journeys my friend. ALOHA ALWAYS!

  9. Kai Sep 22, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Shared good laughs and crazy story’s ! Awesome guy to work with . Aloha Kip sail on !

  10. Sean Hannigan Sep 23, 2022 at 10:30 am

    He looks so much like Sean in this picture. Of course, I knew Kip when we were teens. We all had younger brothers and sisters, and Kip was one, and we all had great fun, some troubles of our own making, but the Mors’ house was always home away from home. I haven’t seen Kip in a while, but I’ve heard stories, and I am really impressed reading about his accomplishments and experiences. Seemed like he was living his best life. It did cause me to remember that Kip sold me his king sized mattress for twenty bucks and that was my bed those last couple years of college. I don’t know if that counts as Eskimo brothers, but we’re connected, and I’m sad he’s not still living his part of the story. Thank you Christopher Mors for the part you played in mine. You are loved.

  11. Emily Steele Sep 26, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    My friend KIP was an amazing human. Highly intelligent, wickedly humorous, zanily crazy, warm hearted and amazingly talented. I will always be a little broken hearted when I remember him and was truly blessed with his friendship.

  12. Mary Navarrete Sep 26, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Loveable soul always had a smile. Loved the ocean.
    Will be missed.

  13. Jackie L McPeek Sep 26, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Kip was a great guy whom I’ll forever hold a special place in my heart. I will miss you always and forever. Aloha and Mahalo for all the memories.

  14. Connie Chambers Sep 26, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    So sorry for the families loss. Kip was a new neighbor so I hadn’t known him long. He was really a nice guy and will be missed.

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