Forest “Dew Drop” Morgan, Saranac Lake resident, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10.
Mayor Clyde Rabideau said that Dew Drop had an influence on many people, including himself.
“When I first moved to Saranac Lake, Dew Drop instantly treated me like family and told me many stories, getting me up to speed on the legends and lore of the community,” Rabideau said. “Stories he always had — most of them true — and smiles aplenty. He was a character in the best sense of the word and he had character, the rock-solid kind that got him through a World War II prisoner of war camp and back home to raise a large and robust family and give so much life to Saranac Lake.”
Morgan was a World War II veteran; bobsledder, Olympic team manager and member of the U.S. Bobsled board of directors; owner of the Dew Drop Inn on Broadway in Saranac Lake and bartender at the Lake Placid Lodge in 2000.
Rabideau, in a statement, said Saranac had lost its “greatest icon.”
“No other person was so emblematic of Saranac Lake’s zest for life, friendliness and loyalty,” Rabideau said. “Dew Drop Morgan was indeed Mr. Saranac Lake. On behalf of the village and the greater mournful community, I extend sorrow for this enormous loss to the Morgan family and our deepest condolences.”