‘He lived with passion’: Father mourns sudden loss of son found in Virginia quarry

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The father of 18-year-old Henry Morin, a Patrick Henry High School senior whose body was found on Thursday after he went missing earlier in the week while swimming in a rock quarry, spoke with 8News about the sudden, tragic loss of his son. Morin was adventuring with friends on June 4 when he jumped into a quarry in Albemarle County and was killed.

Morin was supposed to graduate next Saturday, on his 19th birthday, and go on to experience life in a new city and new state. He was planning to attend the University of Colorado to study aeronautical engineering and was hoping to become a pilot. 

Morin’s father Patrick spoke with 8News’ Matt Dinardo, a family friend, to share memories of his son. 

“Whether it was skiing, skateboarding, or building cars, or anything, he always wanted an adventure,” Patrick Morin said of his son. 

Henry Morin was fearless in everything he did, his father told 8News. P. Morin spoke about how proud his son was about being an Eagle Scout. “Always looking for that which was different. Always ordered a different thing on the menu twice. And he did that up until the end,” P. Morin said.“He went off to Philmont on an eagle scout trip, he went up to Canada and hiked in the wilds of Canada with his boy scout troop.”

His father said Morin’s sense of adventure was matched with his ability to ease others, especially his friends. P. Morin recalled his son’s last moments, telling 8News he helped another person at the quarry get over his fears.  

“One of the kids with him had given him a hug and thanked him for helping him overcome his own fear of heights. And he had just hugged him and Henry looked around and said it’s a beautiful day. And then Henry with full force ran, and went off himself and landed wrong. Something went wrong, and he landed wrong,” P. Morin explained. 

“When he jumped, he jumped with intention, with adrenaline, with joy in his mind and a smile on his face, but he died like he lived, and he lived with passion, and he lived with adventure and that’s him,” P. Morin said. 

WATCH: Full interview with Patrick Morin about his son’s life and lasting memory 

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