MORRIS DUFF

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MORRIS DUFF April 26, 1927 - October 2, 2013 Morris Alexander Duff, aged 86, died peacefully at home in Minden with his daughter, Diane and grandson, Graeme at his bedside. Morris was born in Regina, SK and joined the navy in 1944 at the age of 17. He graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism ('51) from Carleton University in Ottawa, where he met his first wife, Dorothy Johnston. They moved to Toronto where Morris began working at the Toronto Star on the police beat. He later transitioned to writing for the Entertainment team and covered the theatre, movie and music scene in Toronto. He attended Broadway openings and film festivals around the world, interviewing celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand and Fellini. His music review column, For the Record, led to a collection of thousands of LPs. In 1973, Morris graduated from the Faculty of Education at University of Toronto and began his second career as a teacher. His first teaching job was with CUSO at Ahmadu Bello University in Lagos, Nigeria, where he taught English and History. He married his second wife Shirley Jenkins in 1976. He returned to Canada in 1978. Morris taught English in Green Lake and Prince Albert, SK, and was the Principal of a two room school in Kinoosao, SK. Returning to Ontario, Morris taught elementary and high school, primarily as a supply teacher, in Toronto, York and Bruce County and then college courses at Humber, Seneca and Fleming Colleges until he retired in 1992. Morris and Shirley owned a cottage on Gull Lake and in 1990 bought the historic two storey hand-hewn log home, The Clergy House, in Minden. Morris was an enthusiastic supporter of the Minden community serving on the Art Gallery Committee, as an organizer of the morning walking group at the local elementary school and as the organizer of "Sneaker Day" promoting walking and cardiovascular wellness. Morris was a passionate curler, lawn bowler and shuffle-boarder. Best of all, Morris was a wonderful father and grandfather who loved having family around and organizing family events and outings. Morris was predeceased by his wife Shirley. He will be sadly missed and well remembered by his sister, Jean Swanson, his sister-in-law, Barbara Duff, and his children and grandchildren: David, Lorrie, Kelsey and Hayley Duff; Diane Duff, Tatra Palfery, Alix and Graeme Longland, Adrien and Sebastian Palfery; Gwen Jenkins and Marvin, Dylan and Gareth Anderson; Greg Jenkins; Bruce, Jeannie, Katie and Billy Jenkins; and Ralph, Dale, William and Danny Jenkins. Special thanks to all the people who kept Dad independent and well over the past many years: Mike Lopez, Jean Hancock, the doctors and nurses at the Minden Hospital, the visiting nurses from ParaMed, and Dr. Courtney and Lori on 2B at Peterborough Regional Hospital. A private family remembrance will be held Thanksgiving weekend for Morris. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kikombwe Well Project in Nigeria or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation can be made through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., PO Box 427, Minden K0M 2K0. www.gordonmonkfuneralhome.com

Published in the Toronto Star from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2013
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