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Morning Glory B&B Innkeepers Innkeepers, Bob Shea & Marcel Dufour

Bob, a native of Salem, was educated in the Salem public school system and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Buzzards Bay, MA. Bob sailed as a Marine Engineer for five years aboard the SS Energy Independence—a 675 foot, self-unloading coal carrier which for many years, supplied coal for the power station on Fort Avenue in Salem, today known as Dominion. After serving five years as a Merchant Marine, he dabbled in everything from banking to landscaping but all the while, never lost sight of his dream of owning and operating a b&b in his hometown. Bob’s partner, Marcel, is originally from Carleton Québec; a beautiful seaside community in the Gaspésie area on the Bay of Chaleur. He is one of four children and also a twin. After high school, Marcel served five years in the Canadian Army and was based in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a Marcel baking breadbackground in Information Technology and enjoys traveling, camping and cooking gourmet meals for friends! Marcel's famous home-made cheese bread is always a huge hit with guests at the breakfast table.

In December of 1995, Bob purchased a two family, 1808 Georgian Federal, on Hardy Street that had been severely neglected over the years. After only four short months of non-stop renovations, Bob’s labor of love came to fruition. On July 12, 1996, the Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast opened its doors. This dream of Bob’s could not have happened without the selfless dedication of his dad, Bob Sr., who gave 100% of his time and labor throughout the entire renovation. Today, Bob Sr. continues to lend his support, knowledge and labor with every aspect of improving the Morning Glory B&B. Bob’s mom, Mary Ann, has been and continues to be a huge asset to the Morning Glory as well ‘operating’ as its chief baker! Mary Ann has always had a love for baking. Among her specialties, guests are likely to enjoy blueberry crumb and raspberry swirl coffee cakes, irish bread, lemon bread, cranberry scones, and banana bread. And, in addition to Marcel’s famous cheese bread, Marcel will often serve guests his home made baked beans, french toast, apple cranberry crumble or crepes. Bob continues to enjoy his work as much today as he did back in 1996. Whether it’s meeting new people from around the world, or welcoming back the many 'friends' that return to his B&B each year, hosting the Morning Glory remains Bob’s passion and he couldn’t dream of doing anything else! This year, Morning Glory celebrates its 19th season!

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