Bernard Lucien Morin

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    - Kelly Morin
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CORRECTION MORIN, Bernard Lucien Bernard Lucien Morin, born December 24, 1919 in Billings Bridge, Ontario, the sixth of eight children of Leah (Lecompte) and Edgar Morin. Resident of Dearness Home in London, Ontario and a former resident of Fairhaven in Peterborough, Ontario. His passage was marked by great courage in the face of significant discomfort. He finally passed over in peace on July 11, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alice Elizabeth (nee Pruner), his brother Gerald (Sonny) and wife Sheila Morin of Burlington, Ontario, his sons John Edgar, Bernard Earl, Paul Ronald and his wife Lin. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Donna, James, Mary-Lynne, Mark, Nicole and Paul, four great grandchildren Abby, Kaitlin, Erin and Leah, many beloved nieces, nephews and their children. Here was a man known for his enthusiasm, integrity, loyalty, humour, sportsmanship, his pride in his Canadian French heritage, his positive attitude, and most especially his love of all children. He was, above all else, dedicated to his wife and family. This was truly an extraordinary man. In his lifetime he was a butcher, boxer, singer (swing, big band and church choir), production employee (Westclox), salesman (Kilgour Paper Company and Somerville Industries) and General Division Manager (Somerville Industries). He joined the army (Service Corps) on September 4, 1939 and proposed to Alice Pruner shortly before departing. His fiancee enlisted and joined him overseas in 1942 in the first draft of the newly-formed Women's Army Corp. On May 1, 1943 they became the first Canadian enlisted couple sanctioned to be married during the Second World War. The majority of his war service was in England where he attained the rank of sergeant. As recent as a year ago, he could still recite the enlistment numbers of every man in his platoon. However, it was his volunteerism that truly characterized his life. He was a Freemason, a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Peterborough), a baseball coach, a hockey coach, a member of the Optimist Club (London), a member and executive of two professional organizations (ACT and CPMA), a founding Member of the Big Brothers Association (London, ON), a long-standing Board Member of the Peterborough Zoo and the Peterborough Humane Society, a Master of Ceremonies, a willing fund-raiser, and a Church Warden for three Anglican congregations. In his later years he was on various committees at both Fairhaven and Dearness Home. All of this from a man who had to leave school at age fourteen in order to contribute to the family home. Decidedly self-made and diligently self-educated, his personal mission was to put a smile on the face of everyone he met. His passing leaves an enormous vacuum in the landscape of many lives. His family wishes to thank the exceptional, professional staff at both Fairhaven and Dearness Home. At his insistence there will be no formal funeral service. However, in recognition of his dynamic spirit and accomplishments, his family is hosting an informal reception at The Waterfront Holiday Inn, 150 George Street North in Peterborough, on July 31 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. in the Garden Room. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity or institution of your choice.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from July 16 to July 17, 2010
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