It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Don Morrison on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021. He passed away surrounded by his family in the home he loved and helped build.
To many, Don was a teacher. He taught at Peacock Collegiate for 30 years where he was a mentor to countless students and many of his colleagues. He loved to help people grow. One of our great pleasures was watching former students approach him to say ‘thank you’. It happened a lot.
The only thing Don loved more than teaching was his family. He met his wife, Barb, at Peacock. They were married for 35 years and you will not find anyone more committed to a man than she was. She is the rock that he leaned on. Don had two sons, Kirk and Kent, whom he fiercely supported. If you knew him, you knew us, because he made sure you did. We are the men we are today because of his unwavering support.
In recent years Don spread his love to his daughter-in-law Katie, who consistently impressed him with her strength and ambition. We are so happy that he was able to meet his new grandson, Leo, who will grow up knowing how special his grandpa was.
After retirement, Ross Wells Park became Don’s oasis. He volunteered there every summer, cutting grass and maintaining the field. He spent many hours working alone in the sunshine but would often sneak back early in the evenings when the stands were full. It was the place he looked forward to going every day and it will always be special to our family.
Don’s roots are on the farm near Archydal, SK with his parents Gerry and Norma. He is survived by his siblings Pat (Donna), Mauraine, Bob (Tammy), and Gail (Barry), as well as his brother-in-law Basil (Tara) and sister-in-law Betty-Lou. He has many beloved nieces and nephews who all, at some point, admitted he is their favourite uncle.
We are grateful for Dr. Volker Rininsland and the caring doctors and nurses at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. The kindness and competence of the home care nurses will not be forgotten.
Among his final wishes, Don asked that we spread kindness in the community and cherish our friendships. That is what we intend to do. We encourage you to do the same.
A Private Family Service will be held to honour Don. We invite family and friends to join us for a livestream of the Memorial Service on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Please visit www.moosejawfuneralhome.com/webcast/ to attend.
There is a scholarship in Don’s name at Peacock Collegiate. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation by e-transfer to DonMorrisonScholarship@gmail.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550
My sincerest condolences to Barb and all the family. Don was a wonderful man with a heart of gold.
Barb.Mauraine and family; we were sad to see Don passed away. He was a “Peacock man” through and through. Our deepest sympathy to you and all the family.
To Barb, Kirk, Kent and Family
I have such amazing fond memories of Don. In my first years of teaching, I was so fortunate to be a colleague to both Don and you Barb. I was blessed with conversations that challenged me and made me laugh. Don always encouraged me as a young teacher then a new mother. In the last conversation, Mike and I had with Don he took the time to ask about our boys. He was always kind no matter what the circumstances were. I will miss how every time he saw me he would say “How is it going Tana Banana?”.
Sending prayers and hugs to all of you during this time. Donny will be missed.
Tana and Mike
Our condolence to you and your family, Barb. Thinking of you,
Shameem and Duane Arndt
sad loss Don was a good guy my condolences to the family
Barb, Kent and Kirk
So sorry to hear of Don’s death. Sending you all strength as you deal with your loss. May good memories cause more smiles than tears.
Barb and family… .. our sincere condolences to you all. Hold on tight to all the good memories as we know there are many.. take care of each other …. ❤️Colette and Dave Krawczyk
Don was a wonderful friend and mentor, Marie and I will miss his corny sense of humour at the “pie counter” at the concession, he will truly be missed at Ross Wells. His devotion to his family and friends is a lasting inspiration to us all. To Barb and family you are in the Bastedo’s thoughts and prayers.
Kent and Katie I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your many wonderful memories of your dad will help you through this.
Just saw where your father had passed away.So sorry for your loss.
Barb and family, I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Barb, Kent, Kirk and family. We are so sorry. Don was always a supportive and insightful colleague. His sense of humour always had perfect timing.
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you Barb and the entire family.
Barb, Kirk, Kent and Katie, and little Leo I am so sorry for your loss. Keep all those happy memories of him alive in your hearts and lean on each other for strength. Hugs to all of you .
Dear Barb, Kent & Kirk
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. May good memories of all the happy times you shared bring you comfort. Sending our love, hugs & prayers – Willis & Cheryl
Our deepest sympathies to all the family on the loss of Don. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
On behalf of my wife Barb and myself, we share condolences to your entire Family Barb. Sorry for your loss with Don’s passing.
Pat, Donna and the rest of the family, we send our heartfelt sympathy….
Barb, Kent, Katie and Leo, Kirk and Morrison family, Our deepest condolences on your loss. Don truly loved his family. If ever you had difficulty engaging Don in a conversation all you had to do his ask about Kent and Kirk. Don was a lifetime friend. We will definitely take Don’s last wishes to heart. Cherish your great memories.
Dear Barb and Boys,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Don will be dearly missed.
Sincerely, Allan and Shirley Lemieux
My deepest condolences to you and your family Barb on Don’s passing. May Don rest in peace and yourself, Kent and Kirk always cherish his memories.
Dear Barb and Family; We were so very sorry to read of Don’s death. I’m sure the many happy memories you have will give you comfort and strength during this difficult time. We send our deepest sympathy to you and Don’s family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our deepest sympathies to Barb and family. I really enjoyed working with Don at Peacock….loved how he organized and “ran” our staff meetings. A GREAT guy.
Dear Barb and sons,
David and I were sorry to read of your deep loss! We send you our most sincere condolences and have you in our prayers.
Barb, Kirk, Kent and Family;
We were so sad to hear about Don. He was such a positive, gentle individual. Whenever we would happen to run into the two of you and have a conversation he would always joke around. The one memory I always chuckle about is when we were having a chat and Andie said ‘I’m sorry, but what is your first name again?’, and Don replied (without skipping a beat) ‘Jim’ – love that sense of humour!
We miss seeing you at Pilates Barb – life has changed during these times, but please know we are thinking of you and your family. Words can never take the pain away but your wonderful memories shared with family and friends will help you heal. Take Care.
Marlys Benson and Andie MacLowich
Dear Marlys and Andie,
Thank you for your kind words of condolence and sharing a memory of Don (aka Jim). Also, we enjoyed the pretty flowers that you sent us.
Please know that you are in prayers. Sincerely John, Patti, Joel and Paige (Tenbult) Kreutzwieser
Barb, Kent, and Kirk, so extremely sorry to hear about Don’s passing. May you know that he loved you deeply and cherished the time with family. May you find comfort in all the memories you have with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barb, Kent & Katie & little Leo, & Kirk, I am so deeply sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a dedicated teacher & family man, whose warmth & great sense of humour earned him many friends everywhere he went.
Sending you much love,
Dear Barb, Kent and Kirk,
We were so sad to hear of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour! He will be missed by all.
Love from the Whelans
Barb,Kent and Kirk,I was saddened to hear of Don’s passing.I truly enjoyed our visits and his teasing at the ball diamonds and pickleball courts.Cherish the many great memories you created as a family! He will be missed by many
Don was such a kind, funny and considerate man. He will be truly missed by the community and the many lives he touched. We are so sorry for your loss and send you our deepest condolences.
My condolences to Don’s family.
He was a great guy and a true gentle man.
Barb and family–our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Cherish the memories.
Gail and Orris
Barb and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Don will live on through your sons and your little Grandson. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Barb, Kent and Kirk, please accept our sincere condolences. Don was one of Viv’s favorite colleagues over the years. Never a shortage of laughs with his sharp wit. He was also always supportive of our family and bought our daughters ball gloves. We are sad to lose such a great member of our community.
Barb, Kirk, Kent, Katie and Leo; We wish to express our sincerest condolences on Don’s passing. We just watched the funeral service and it was beautiful. The tributes given by Kent and Kirk were exceptional as was the written obituary. Our prayers are with all of you as you grieve the loss of your husband, dad and grandpa.
Dear Adeline and David,
Thank you for your kind words of condolence here and in your lovely card. It means so much to me that you joined the livestream for Don’s service.
During my tenure as librarian @Central Collegiate, I was satirized by students during one of their literary shows as unreasonable and unforgiving when students handed in books late. They named me Mr. Codfish in their skit which was televised for weeks on Shaw Cable. Don never let me live that down. Ever after, every time as I approached him on the street, he would grin and announce, “Here comes Fred Codfish!” He always had a broad smile after I’d feign anger at his taunting. We had many pleasant conversations over the years. After listening to the live streaming of his memorial service, I realize what a wise and loving parent he was, passing on so many important values to his sons in the baseball dug out and elsewhere! What a guy you were, Don!
I appreciate you taking the time to share your memory of Don. It helps our “kids” to see their dad through others outside of our family. Also, it means a lot to me that you joined us for the service via livestream. Thank you.
With many, and only, fond memories of Don from being a colleague and hanging around baseball parks. Barb, Kirk and Kent- you lived with a beauty. Thinking of you all…
Barb and family,
We were so sad to hear of Don’s passing. Our family has many memories of Don and his family from the farm and lots of time together on the school bus. We send our love and prayers to you. Thank you for making the service available to watch on line.
BARB AND FAMILY,
MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO YOU AT THIS SAD TIME.
I KNOW HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT KNEW HIM.
Barb, Kent and Kirk,
We are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Angus & Dara McIntosh and Family
So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many.
Thinking of you at this sad time….wishing you and your family comfort in the days to come.
So sorry for your loss.
Dear Barb, Our sincere sympathies to you and your family upon the passing of Don. I am thinking of you and sending love.
Robynn & Doug
Barb & family- we were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. May God hold you close & keep you as you move through this time of unspeakable grief.
Our deepest sympathies & prayers.
We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing – gone much too soon. The boys did a great tribute to their dad under such difficult circumstances. He was a great man.
Lorie and Sharon Benson
Dear Barb, Kent, Kirk and family, we are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. The baseball family memories will be treasured. My boys have many stories to share when it comes to Don, Don was loved by all. Always “up” for a chat about something.
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Carolyn Ross, Tyler Griffin, Bubba Griffin
Dear Barb and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Don’s unexpected passing. I was on staff with him at Peacock for a number of years and Don was always a cheerful and positive colleague.
Barb and family,
I just read the beautifully-written tribute to Don and am so sorry to hear of his passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Lambert (Berge)
I grew up in the same area. So sorry to here. Good bless
Dear Barb, Kent, Katie & Leo.and Kirk,
We hope that you and your family will find comfort in all who care about you, and we want you to know how much you’re in our thoughts and prayers. We hope your special memories will help you through this very difficult time and we are so sorry Don didn’t get to spend more time with his grandson. Sincere sympathy and so sorry for your loss,
Peter& Lori Yankow and family
Barb, Kent, Kirk and family;
So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don was such a kind and wonderful man, cherish the memories.
We are so very sorry for your loss of Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Barb. May are your great memories comfort you at this time.
So sorry to learn of Don’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Barb we will keep Don, you and your family in our prayers during this time…
Barb, so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Dons passing.
He was loved by all