McMORRIS email@example.com_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-01-13 published
McMORRIS, George Coulson (1926-2007)
Commander, Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Air Force (ret.)
Peacefully on January 11, 2007 at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. He leaves his cherished wife of 56 years, Gene (MacMINN,) his daughters Robyn McMORRIS and Nicola MALONEY (Randy) and grandchildren Candice and Michael with very special memories. Predeceased by his parents George and Margaret McMORRIS and his brother Lawrence (Sam) McMORRIS (Joan,) he is also survived by his sister Beth GOLDSTONE (Bill.) Born in Edmonton, he spent his youth in Saskatoon and Winnipeg before enrolling at Royal Roads Naval College as a cadet in 1943. Upon graduation in 1945 he began a naval career that took him overseas to England and Scotland and from coast to coast in Canada, serving on submarines and destroyers and becoming the first Canadian naval officer to command both a submarine and a destroyer. After his naval career ended, George and his family moved to Toronto where he pursued a variety of careers, retiring in 1991 as the General Manager of the Etobicoke Olympium. In retirement he was able to devote more time to his many passions including woodworking, upholstery and travelling and golfing adventures with Gene. A hole in one at the Humber Valley Golf Course was one of the highlights of George's retirement. Most recently, he experienced great pleasure from becoming a dog owner, as evidenced by the large photographs of 'Cookie' that he circulated widely to family and Friends. The family would like to thank all of George and Gene's family, Friends and colleagues for their love and Friendship during George's lifetime, as well as the staff at King Gardens and Etobicoke General Hospital in his last few months. Particular mention must be made of the very caring nursing staff at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, who made his last days very comfortable. Special thanks also go to George and Gene's Friends from Lion's Gate whose support enabled them to remain in their home and independent until the last few months. George felt very blessed to count such caring people among his circle of Friends. A memorial service to celebrate George's life will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 3: 00 p.m. at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre, 1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 5J1, 905-602-1580. A reception will follow immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society, www.alzheimer.ca would be most appreciated.
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