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Rev. Canon Morris D. Murchison

In Loving Memory



Died in Sarnia, Ontario


March 24, 2008

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MURCHISON, Rev. Canon Morris D. After a brief illness, Rev. Canon Morris D. Murchison, 73 years, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2008, in the Palliative Care Unit at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario, with his loving family by his side. Devoted and loving husband of Nancy (Malpass), formerly of London, ON. Dear father of Joan of Sarnia, and David and his wife April of Newcastle, ON. Always remembered and cherished by his grandchildren Stephanie and Matthew. Predeceased by his parents Arthur Russell Murchison (1963), and Mathilda (Johnson), (1985), formerly of Windsor, ON, and his brother Roger Arthur Murchison (1981) and sister-in-law Laura “Edna“ (2003), formerly of Amherstburg, ON. Survived by his brother-in-law William Malpass and wife Jean, of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, and by several nieces and nephews. Morris graduated from the University of Western Ontario and Huron College, London, ON. As a theological student he served in the Dioceses of Huron and Keewatin, and after graduation was accepted by the Diocese of Ottawa. He faithfully served the Anglican parishes of All Saints Sandy Hill, Ottawa, and as Rector of St. Peter's, Ingleside, with Christ Church, Newington, and All Saints, Crysler. He was Rural Dean of Stormont Deanery. He held an Interim placement at St. Anne's and St. Andrew's, Bermuda. He returned to the Anglican Diocese of Huron as Rector of St. Matthew's, London, and Holy Trinity, London. He was Chaplain to the Lay Reader's and Chairman of the Third Age Committee of the Diocese. He retired as Rector of St. James the Apostle, Sarnia, after 22 years. During this time he was made a Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. He was appointed to the Mayor's Honour List for his volunteer ministry of services implemented at Marshall Gowland Manor, Sarnia. Morris enjoyed travelling with his family and was a yearly guest for 16 years at St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem. A private family service has taken place and cremation followed. Arrangements have been entrusted to the STEWART FUNERAL HOME, 254 George Street, Sarnia. A public funeral service will take place at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, 718 Cathcart Boulevard, Sarnia, on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. with The Right Reverend Bruce H.W. Howe and The Right Reverend Robert F. Bennett, Bishops of Huron, concelebrating the Holy Eucharist, assisted by the Reverend Grace Coleman Anthony, of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Point Edward, and the Reverend Rachael Parker of St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Sarnia. Visitation with the family will take place before and after the service, and a reception will follow in the church hall. Messages of condolence may be expressed to the family at . In lieu of flowers, donations to The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, , would be appreciated.

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