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MORRISCEY, Gordon Edward
1920 - 2012
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of our dear Dad on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Stillwater Creek Retirement Residence. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Marguerite Morriscey (nee Welch). Cherished and loving father to Catherine (Gord), Anne (Steve), Brian (Corinne) and Gail (David). Dear Grandfather to Andrew, Victoria, Scott, Alex, Julia, Emma, Kendra, Rena & Bryce.
Great-grandfather to baby Emerson. Dad lived a full and wonderful life, cherishing every moment shared with family. He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, went to Saint Mary's University and joined the ranks of the Canadian Air Force in Word War II. Upon his return to Canada, he moved to Kingston and continued his education at Queens University. He then moved to Ottawa and began his career as a Public Servant until his Retirement in 1981. Dad was an avid tennis player and a member of the Britannia Tennis and Yacht Club for many years, which is where he met our mother. Dad and Mom shared a love of life, especially when enjoying the great outdoors.
They took great delight in caring for and riding their horses. For numerous years, Dad coached the neighbourhood kids in Little League. In the winter, he would spend many a cold evening flooding the ice on our backyard rink.
But when weather conditions were perfect, and he felt like going for a big skate on a rink that looked like glass, he would take any of us that wanted to join him to Mud Creek near the Britannia woods. Dad also loved to garden and at the end of the day, he would relax by the pool with his loyal Shelties and a frosty beer in hand, waiting for another glorious sunset.
His love of animals and his inability to say no to every stray we brought home, had our house at times, outnumbered by all our pets. Dad's kindness and caring for those less fortunate became somewhat of a passion. Once retired, he was able to volunteer at the Crisis Centre Hotline and devote many years to being a Big Brother. Dads charitable heart is where his strength lay and perhaps contributed to his ability to fight all odds and live long enough to share his 92nd birthday with his family. We would like to thank all the staff at Stillwater Creek, for the excellent care and attention Dad received. A Memorial Mass will be held in his honour at Our Lady of Fatima Church on December 27, 2012, at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa Food Bank would be most appreciated.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 22, 2012
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