MORGAN, Carl It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and dear friend to many. While still grieving the death on July 30 of Gloria, his devoted wife of 52 years, he too was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away peacefully at Hospice Village on November 21 at the age of 77 with his family by his side. He is survived by three children, Jocelyn (Paul) Gignac of Tecumseh ; Scott (Tracy) of Edmonton, Alta., and Julie Morgan of London; four grandchildren, Jacqueline Gignac who recently accepted a teaching position in South Korea; Andrea Gignac of Tecumseh; and Carter and MacKenzie Morgan of Edmonton; niece Christine (Andrew) McKelvie and family of Windsor; nephews, Dr. Todd (Charlene) Plexman and family of Sudbury and Matthew (Sylvia) Plexman and family of Toronto; brother-in law to Fred and Anne Plexman of Windsor. He was predeceased by his mother Christine Mayotte and aunt Florence Greig. He began a distinguished newspaper career in 1950 when he joined the Trenton (Ont.) Courier Advocate as a junior reporter. He moved on to the Sudbury Star in 1952 where he was appointed district editor before joining The Windsor Star in 1955 as a reporter. It was in Sudbury that he would meet his future wife Gloria. Except for one year in the public relations department of Union Gas in the early sixties, he would remain at The Windsor Star until his retirement as Editor in 1992. Before being named editor in 1977, he held a number of key positions in the newsroom including assistant city editor, city editor and news editor. While editor, he was involved in a number of community outreach programs, introducing an annual creative writing and poetry contest for area students and launching the Windsor Star Summer Camp Fund. He was a founding member of the Windsor Press Club and the Windsor Media Council, Canada's first community-based press council. He was a member of or actively involved with several professional organizations including the American Society of Newspaper editors, the Canadian Press, the Canadian Daily Newspaper Association and the Asian Pacific Foundation. He served on the advisory committee of the Ryerson University Journalism Department and participated in the editor/professor exchange program at Humber College. As a reporter, he won three feature writing awards in the Ontario Newspaper Awards competition held annually . After his retirement, the ONA committee named its award for special projects the Carl Morgan Award for Special Projects, which was a great source of pride to him, particularly when it was won by The Windsor Star. Following his retirement, he was involved in a number of community organizations and endeavors. Both he and wife Gloria were tireless volunteers for Hospice. When Gloria went through her first round of cancer treatments, he wrote a booklet entitled Man-to Man, a practical guide for male caregivers who were also dealing with the trauma of their wife's struggle with breast cancer. He was also involved in the fund raising project for the University of Windsor's new medical school. He always had an abiding interest in writing fiction and earlier this year had his first work, Belfast Brotherhood, published after 18 months of burning the midnight oil to complete the work. Prior to that he was involved in the writing and production of three non-fiction coffee-table books, including Birth of A City, Pioneering the Auto Age and The Olympians Among Us each of which focused on specific aspects of Windsor's history. Earlier on he wrote Early Woodenware in Canada which spotlighted another passion--collecting antiques particularly those crafted from wood. Carl had a wide variety of interests including photography, gardening, antiquing and travel. He approached all these endeavors with the same passion, energy and enthusiasm as he approached all aspects of his professional and personal life. The family would like to thank Carl's caregivers Kristen, Rene and Nhi, as well as Zulma, Beth, Jill and all of the Bayshore staff. Special thanks to Dr. Gall, Dr. Howard, Fran and the Hospice Community. Also, the endless support from Jim Bruce, John McLaughlin and Ed McMath. Donations may be made to Hospice of Windsor-Essex, the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre or the Gloria and Carl Morgan Graduate Scholarship in Breast Cancer Research. Visiting Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. at The Marcotte Funeral Home and Chapel, 12105 Tecumseh Rd. Tecumseh (519-735-2830). Parish Prayers Monday 3:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. from the Marcotte Funeral Home to Ste. Anne Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. A tree will be planted in memory of Carl in the Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will take place September 2009. All are welcome.
Published in The Windsor Star from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2008.