David Morley died peacefully at home on June 13, 2014. Less than a month ago he celebrated his 79th birthday. Although David has lived with cancer for the past six years, he has managed to continue expressing his enthusiasm and passion for life. David's life is celebrated by his wife, Beth Franklin; his brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Penny Morley; as well as his four children: Sara Morley (and partner, Salvatore Barrera), John Morley; Mark Burnes (and wife, Shannon) and David Burnes (and wife, Andrea); extended family and friends. David's loving counsel and support will be missed by his five grandchildren: Anna Cook; Erika, Mark and Colin Morley; and Benjamin Burnes.
As Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, David leaves behind a distinguished lifetime of writing and fieldwork that has focused on social justice and equality. As a man who has lived such an exceptional life since his birth in England in 1935, David has left behind a legacy of intellect and good cheer. A quote from Heraclitus captures the essence of David's spirit: 'Our character is our destiny.' David's engagement with life until his final days was dynamic - truly a life well lived. Near the end, he told his family: 'Dying is relatively easy if you've loved your life.'
Details regarding a ceremony of celebration will follow. Donations are welcome to the Temmy Latner Centre, who organized David's palliative care: (416) 586-8203 or email email@example.com.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jun. 14 to Jun. 16, 2014.