Donald Morrison, late of Eatonia died in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the age of 88 years.
Son of Donald and Christine Morrison, he was born on June 15, 1925 and grew up in Borve, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Donald was born to be, throughout his life, in morals, manners and attire, a gentleman. He served in Malaysia during the Second World War, enlisting in 1942 at the age of 17. After the war ended, he returned to the Isle of Lewis. He remained there until 1951, when he came to Canada to help his uncle, John Morrison, an early homesteader, who had grown too old to continue farming.
The young man from Scotland came to the attention of two other Scottish farmers, Jack and Charlie MacGregor; Old World craftsmen who had been employed in building the Legislative Building in Regina and the Court House in Swift Current. When the MacGregor brothers retired from farming, they entrusted their fields and farmyard into Donald's safe keeping. It was a very good choice. Donald maintained the former MacGregor properties in excellent condition, working to preserve and protect them his entire life.
Donald married Joyce Foth on December 7, 1957 in Calgary. They shared a life in the Eatonia district, where they were blessed with two daughters, Marla and Lisa. Donald farmed until 1980, when he leased out his land and retired. He retired to keep working, to keep up the farmyard and be the carpenter who was always immediately available whenever his daughters needed him.
Donald became a member of the Masonic Order in 1953. He was the Worshipful Master of the Eatonia Lodge in 1960 and District Deputy Grandmaster for District 12 in 1990 and 1991. He was a faithful member of the Eatonia United Church and had a strong interest in the Co-operative Movement. A life-long supporter of the CCF and NDP parties, his love and understanding of politics was never more vibrant than in his days of passionate campaigning for Tommy Douglas, a fellow Scot for whom he had nothing but respect.
Donald was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Christine (Murray) Morrison; by his uncle and aunt, John and Margaret and by his cousin Angus. His father-in-law (and one of his best friends), William Foth, died in 1986 and his mother-in-law, Rose in 1995. Donald leaves to mourn Joyce, his wife of 55 years; his daughters, Marla of Saskatoon and Lisa of Calgary; a grandson and granddaughter, Logan and Madison Fedoruk of Saskatoon; a brother and sister-in-law, Angus and Chrissie of Stornoway, Scotland; a sister and brother-in-law, Katie-Maggie and Tommy Jack of Borve, Scotland, and a brother-in-law, Gordon Foth of Calgary, as well a numerous nephews and nieces in Canada and on the Isle of Lewis.
Dad, you were an exceptional man in every sense. We will miss your never ending stories and continued delight in recalling memories of past antics and practical jokes, encyclopedic knowledge of world history and current events, mischievous sense of humor and unfailing sense of duty and moral code. You will surely continue to provide your detailed directions for us to follow from above.
A celebration of Donald's life will be held in the Eatonia United Church at 2:00 PM on August 22, with Bill Thomson officiating. The Urn Bearer will be Murdo MacLean and the Honorary Urn Bearers will be Colin MacKeracher, Paul Pavlik, Steven Pavlik, Emil Tweten, Richard St. Jacques and Bill Foth. The eulogy will be read by Bill Wardill. Donald's ashes will be interred in both the Eatonia and District Cemetery, as well as being returned by the family to his homeland in Scotland.
In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made in Donald's name to any of the following:
- STARS Saskatoon Base, Hanger 16, Wayne Hicks Lane, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 6S2
- Eatonia United Church, Box 506, Eatonia, SK, S0L 0Y0
- Kindersley Ambulance Services, 1003 – 1st St. W, Kindersley, SK, S0L 1S2
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kindersley Community Funeral Home and Crematorium.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Aug. 20, 2013
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