Luke Anthony Morgan

December 04, 1992 - October 18, 2020

Obituary For Luke Anthony Morgan

Luke Anthony Morgan,27, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in his home on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in Raleigh, NC.

Luke is survived by his parents Michael Morgan And Tina Pagnozzi Morgan of Raleigh, NC, his siblings, John (Kasey) Morgan of Raleigh, NC, and Elena Morgan of Southern Pines, NC; uncles, aunts, cousins, and countless friends.

Luke was born in Montclair, NJ and grew up in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School before going on to earn degrees in Economics & Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Luke was a devout Catholic who regularly attended mass at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh. He exemplified faith seeking understanding. Luke was a truth-seeker and in particular strived to understand and exemplify what it means to be the “ideal man”. He was an avid reader, a lover of the Great Books, an amateur philosopher, a gifted listener, and a witty conversationalist. Luke delighted in making his friends and family laugh. He enjoyed weight training and spent many hours training to become a competent practitioner of jiu-jitsu. He developed true expertise in preparing steak on a cast-iron pan. Luke studied the ins and outs of software sales and honed his sales technique at Citrix, Xentegra, RevGen, and Advantage Lending. He was an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors. There are few things he enjoyed more than going for a walk around Lake Lynn in Raleigh on a nice day. Friends and family are encouraged to walk around Lake Lynn on the first weekend in December in celebration of Luke’s birthday.

A funeral mass will take place at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, NC on Friday, October 23rd at 1:45pm. Viewing of the Body with visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:30pm. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required.
In lieu of flowers, please dine at or pick up takeout from your favorite restaurant and tip generously. As a former waiter, Luke believed strongly in supporting local restaurants, particularly during the current pandemic.



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I met Luke at a poker night at UNC when I was visiting some of my friends from high school with whom he was also friends. At the time I was becoming interested in the Catholic faith, and my friends insisted I find some time to talk to Luke. Eventually I worked up the courage to mention that I'd developed an obsession with all things Catholic, and Luke and I spent much of the rest of the night discussing anything and everything. His personality was infectious. At the end of the night he took my phone number and home address, and a few weeks later he sent me a copy of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (it sits on my bookshelf as I type this). I didn't get to spend a ton of time with him after that, maybe spending 3 or 4 weekends together when I managed to visit friends again, but I entered the Church shortly after our first meeting and we kept up a correspondence in the years that followed. His intelligence, kindness and humility left a lasting impact and I am saddened to hear of his passing. Thank you Luke! Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.
- Sam Robb
Luke was one of my favorite Newman Student Directors to work with. He was brilliant, funny, philosophical, and honest. I was so sad to not be able to be at his service, and wanted to say how very sorry I am. I will keep you all in my prayers.
- Jeannie Rogers
I'm fortunate enough to have known both Luke and John during my time at UNC. On multiple occasions, Luke and I discussed philosophy and religion while having a couple beers at my brother's house. I was always impressed by Luke's deep knowledge on a variety of subjects, but even more so with the respect and curiosity he had for my positions, even when we disagreed. Talking with him was always fascinating and invigorating. I'm devastated to hear of Luke's passing. John and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Luke will be so missed.
- Nathan Vos
Be the things you love most about the people who are gone.
- Molly Cannon
I had the honor of knowing Luke as a young kid in our Boy Scout Troop at St Francis of Assisi in Raleigh. When I joined the Troop, he was already a member and a leader. From the first time that I met him, he was very outgoing, smart, and strong. I remember him being one of the most accomplished scouts in the Troop. His leadership skills helped ensure the success of other scouts, including myself. I have fond memories of going to mass and seeing Luke and the whole Morgan family a few pews over. It is extremely sad that he has left this life so early on especially with so much potential, but I'm sure he's climbing his seven story mountain into Heaven as we speak. I'll be praying for his soul and for his family to find solace in the loss of Luke.
- Alexander Kot
I am so very sad to hear of Luke's passing. I remember both Luke and John when they were in middle school at TFS. Both were kind and considerate, and were genuinely liked by all. Peace and prayer to the family at this time.
- Sami Burnette
My deepest condolences to Luke's family! Luke was original, a deep thinker, and simply a person who embodied a sense of purpose different than most, almost sensing, that time should not be wasted with every moment valuable as the next. I worked with Luke at Citrix! My last Virtual phone call with him was on Friday October 16th with a loyal customer that he had known for the past several years! Luke had to step away from the call momentarily, and the customer noticed what appeared to be a record-player in the background! Upon his return, I asked Luke if that was a record player and he confirmed with a big smile! He candidly said "Sometimes In the evening I like to pour a glass of bourbon, and turn on the old-record player" I told him that was awesome! Luke was talented beyond his years filled with a kind, competitive, and inquisitive spirit that always expected the best from every conversation! My last call with Luke on that Friday yielded a mutual respect of collaboration together that benefited the customer, and his presence short-lived through years here on earth have filled all of our hearts with memories that will last forever! It was my pleasure to have known Luke!
- Matt Allen
Luke and I haven't share a memory together since we were little, but the last time i was lucky to be in his presence, i know i laughed a TON. our family sat in the backyard and talked together for hours. a moment captured and saved forever, Luke kicked his feet up in a chair in front of him, pulled his hat over his face and popped a toothpick in. it's a picture i'll always keep, i remember it like it was just the other day. as a server myself, it put a smile on my face to hear his love for giving to restaurants and the people who surrounded him. i promise to pay my dues and continue to graciously tip in his honor. his act of kindness and love for God will never be forgotten. i am lucky to call him my family and he will be greatly missed. to my cousins, my heart is with you all and wish i could hug you so tight. i will see you so and Rest in Peace Luke. i'm heartbroken.
- gianna volino
"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same." Luke was one of those people. He always looked out for others, had strong faith, and made an impact on anyone he met. He was someone that you knew once you met him you had a friend for life. I'm so bless to have gotten to know him Senior to year at Gibbons through Kairos. One of my favorite memories with Luke was when we went to senior prom together. I remember we looked how packed the dance floor was and decided to pass on dancing and instead we just sat, ate dessert, and talked. We talked about God, leaving for college, and just life in general. It was so nice, looking back back, that was one of my favorite memories of senior year. My heartbreaks for all of you, but I know he was welcome to heaven with lots of love. We all have a new guardian angel watching over us. I'm so sorry for your loss. May God bring you all comfort and pace during this difficult time. Praying for you all.
- Lauren Yoder
I first met Luke about a year and a half ago. He was so kind and easy to talk to. We debated philosophy and deep thinker topics. He was always so happy and would greet me every day with a smile and a, "Hello, Julie!" Though he only spent a little time here on Earth, I know that he was a gifted and righteous soul. He is welcomed in heaven as he has served his God well here on Earth. He will forever be a shining beacon of love, hope and kindness. I ordered myself and two friends some really yummy food in Luke's behalf and tipped the wait staff massively. I will always throw in an extra dollar or two on-top of my regular 20+% tip in Luke's name, for the rest of my days. Thank you for sharing your lovely son with us. He will forever hold a place in my heart.
- Julie White
Luke is going to be deeply missed. I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Luke while he was with Citrix. He was always so cheerful, happy and positive every time I saw him and spoke to him. He always had a smile on his face. I remember bugging him this year about what he was giving up for Lent; asking every day what he decided on. I'd see him on the office on Saturdays at times and we both would always give each other a weird look that said "It's Saturday, go home". Such a great and genuine soul. May you find peace during this difficult time. Know Luke was greatly loved and cherished as a friend, as a person.
- Jennifer Miller
There is a heavy canopy above us all today. But light has a mysterious way of finding itself in the darkest of places. I firmly believe Luke was one of those curious flickers of light for all of us to see. A flicker that landed itself in all our walks of life. Acting as both a source of curiosity and appreciation. Leaving us all to wonder why we might not have had enough time to understand the source of its brilliance, but appreciative enough to have been graced with its presence, none the less. My deepest regards to the Morgan family, and thank you from us all, for raising such a wonderful light into this world.
- John Bonano
There is a heavy canopy above us all today. But light has a mysterious way of finding itself in the darkest of places. I firmly believe Luke was one of those curious flickers of light for all of us to see. A flicker that landed itself in all our walks of life. Acting as both a source of curiosity and appreciation. Leaving us all to wonder, why we might not have had enough time to understand the source of its brilliance, but appreciative enough to have been graced with its presence, none the less. My deepest regards to the Morgan family, and thank you from us all, for raising such a wonderful light into this world.
- John Bonano
It was a pleasure working with you on the Greenfield team last year; your drive and curiosity was worth emulating. Rest in Peace. My deepest condolences to the entire family - Eman
- Eman
I met Luke on his first day at REVGEN and had the honor of managing him as he stepped into technology sales. From day one Luke was focused, driven, and up for any challenge. We became fast friends and even on the hardest days he held onto his joy. I don't know a single person like Luke. He truly cared for everyone around him. I will miss our conversations and I'm so sorry for the Morgan family. I can't imagine your loss. Please know your son was a light to all around him, even when he didn't see it in himself. The impact he's had on all of us will carry. He will be remembered.
- Andrew Hamilton
I am deeply saddened to hear that we have lost Luke from this earth. I was blessed to have been able to coach Luke back when he was very young at TFS. You know as I think back 13 years ago it's easy to remember what stood out about Luke. He was such a pleasure he was always asking questions and trying to learn. I just cannot imagine the loss to the Morgan Family. My Family's hearts and prayers go out to you. Thank you for allowing me to have Luke in my life.
- Tony Mancini
Dear Morgan Family: I knew Luke through a reading and discussion group with other UNC alums. He was an original thinker and a kind soul, grounded in his family and faith. Recently we read the Book of Job together. In those conversations, Luke was working as hard as ever, helping us all to dig deeper, never afraid to ask a probing question. I admire his example and am very sorry for your loss.
- Patrick Kinlaw
I knew Luke only through the Symposiums at UNC in the summers of 2018 & 2019. Luke impressed me greatly with his incredibly thoughtful and thought-provoking points in our discussions, made sparingly and with profundity; he clearly grappled with and understood the text long before we all explored it together, so his words carried great weight. In these brief moments with him, it was clear to see his humble nature and kindness because it radiated from him. He struck me as a rare man. I am so sad to know of his passing. My heart goes out to his family and friends, peace be with you all.
- Kim Griffin
Dear Morgan family Surrounding you with love and hope. Luke was a Brilliant light that magnified the goodness in others. He was kind , compassionate ingenious and spiritual the heart of friendship and a servant leader. We were blessed to know him, celebrate him and grow up with him. His golden warmth will continue to shine through time and space, he is not forgotten and will always be deeply held and loved .
- Anne Derouin
I had the pleasure of working with Luke at XenTegra. He was one of the most respectful and polite indivduals that I've ever interacted with professionally. His parents should be so proud of their son. He was way beyond his years in professionalism and maturity. As a mother of young men, I can only hope my boys carry themselves as well as Luke did when they enter the workforce. He was definately taken from this earth too soon. My prayer is that you, his loved ones, feel the comfort of God's love as he carries you through this devestating season. May your memories of Luke be bright and bring you joy until you are united with him again!
- Bridget Kiser
Miss Me But Let Me Go When I have come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little but not too long. And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared Miss me but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take And each must travel alone; It's all a part of the Master's plan One step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart Go to the friends we know And lose your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me but let me go. Tom Dougherty
- Dennis McKinley
Sorry to the family and other close friends of Luke! Amazing guy would train Jiu Jitsu 3-4 days a week together! Gentle giant, a foodie and around good people. His presence will be missed on the mats! -Julien Smith Jr AKA Other Big Julien
- Julien Smith Jr
I had the pleasure of working with Luke at Citrix. I will always remember the great conversations we had about life and work. He was a kind, generous, genuine soul. My prayers to Luke's family.
- Angela R. Harris
I had the pleasure of bringing Luke into Citrix and managing him for a year. He was truly was of the most impressive, Intelligent, creative and caring individuals I have been around in my career. I may have honestly learned more from Luke and than he learned from me. He was a special young man that was always striving for excellence. Luke will be truly missed by all.
- Will Almand
Luke was a friend I met in elementary school. Going to a catholic elementary school, I remember every time a verse from the Gospel of Luke was read, every young head of ours would slowly turn and put all eyes on Luke and we would all laugh. I tried to think of one word to describe Luke and the word that comes to mind is "exceptional". Even at a young age, Luke was just an exceptional person. He was incredibly smart, polite, funny, caring, and exceedingly handsome. I think every girl in our class really had a crush on him at one point or another. The memory I have of Luke that comes to mind (other than his ability to recite any Eminem rap) was from the 9th or 10th grade. One night, after we both had recently started high school at Cardinal Gibbons, we were chatting back and forth about what was going on in our lives. When the conversation was ending he said, "even if it's ten years from now and we've lost touch, if you ever need anything, I'll be there." While we didn't keep in touch, I knew he was a forever friend. My heart goes out to the Morgan family and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
- Krista Kozak
Luke is someone I always looked up to. As an athlete, he was a humble leader. As a classmate, he was an inspiration to always think deeper. As a friend, he would never think twice to put others before himself. I am incredibly fortunate to have known Luke, he will truly be missed.
- John Barr
I am heartbroken. Luke was very special. We had lovely conversations over the years. I will miss seeing him. I will be there on Friday to share in the celebration of his life. He was a darling young man.
- Melinda Cook
I only met Luke once but in that short hour it was so obvious what a fine young man he was. His smile was infectious and his manners were impeccable. This is a beautiful family who I have had the pleasure to meet through Luke's Uncle Kev. To the Morgan Family May there be Peace in knowing that Luke is with his Savior and is with his Grandparents. Love and prayers to you all. Kathy & Bruce Million
- Kathy Million
I was so fortunate to have spent time both personally and professionally with Luke. I always felt like he was in one of two moods; happy, or deep in thought, and look on his face was always an easy indicator (big smile or furrowed brow). His smile was infectious. If someone was struggling, or having a bad day Luke would be quick to flash a grin and give you a "it could be worse" scenario that would be totally outlandish but would always bring things into perspective usually resulting in the creation of a reciprocated smile. He was so considerate in the way he approached his relationships with other people, often using extended pauses before giving a thoughtful response or pressing forward with a deeply insightful question. My favorite memories with Luke will always be the times we spent during our weekly one-on-ones at the coffee shop near the office on Glenwood. Looking back on it, I'm not sure who was mentoring who and am forever grateful for his friendship. I will always cherish those conversations and the bright, thoughtful, caring young man who sat across the table from me.
- John Rosar
I am so so very sorry. Luke is a wonderful person and I will always remember our laughs and thoughtful conversations. He made a lasting impact on me and I am a better person for knowing him. His beautiful spirit lives on through those he touched so deeply like me. God bless you guys. The Fleming Family sends all their LOVE.
- David Fleming
We had at quite a few Luke's at the gym, so when anyone needed clarification of which Luke they'd say "The nice one?" and I think that's speaks to how everyone viewed him. Luke was just the nicest person you would ever find and a gentle giant. His brilliant smile would always light up the the moment he walked in.. He would constantly check up on people if they hadn't shown up in a while and would make sure that every new student felt safe and welcome. He had only been with us for a bit over a year but he had already been a great part of the culture. I considered Luke a friend and he will be missed.
- Karl Krebs
I will forever remember the kind and caring spirit that was part of who Luke was as a person. As his teacher I was drawn to Luke because he truly knew what it meant to live and love like Jesus! My heart is broken but my faith in God's promise of eternal life fills me with joy! Although Luke's life was short, it was a life well lived! Luke will live forever in my heart! !I know your pain first hand and know that you will never stop missing Luke! May God give you peace and comfort. I would love to see you when you are ready! We now are compassionate friends!
- Carolyn Moser

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