Captain Christopher (Kip) O’Connor Mors
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 www.MullinsMemorial.com.
For additional details, please visit https://www.strangfh.com
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.