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GERALD (GERRY) DONALD MORROW (published on October 24, 2009)



GERALD (GERRY) DONALD MORROW November 21, 1933 October 18, 2009 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and Dodie , Gerry Morrow, at his home in Winnipeg on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Gerry was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. He was 75 years young. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Agnes, son Jay (Barbara), daughters, Tracy (Glenn) Vargas, Kristal (Andrew) Benton, Tania (Gil) Johnston and his adoring grandchildren: Randy and Alyssa Morrow, Bryn, Shana and Mack Vargas, Nick, Emma and Matthew Benton, Anna and Olivia Johnston. Gerry is also survived by brothers, Jack (Debbie) and Fred (Diane) Morrow; sister-in-law, Irene Morrow; Uncle Bert and Aunt Alice Wilton; nephews and nieces, Bob, Jeff and Rick, David and Carey, Christine and Jennifer and eight great-nieces and nephews. Gerry was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Lyda Morrow and brother Wayne Morrow. Gerry was the eldest of four boys born to Harry and Lyda Morrow in Melita on November 21, 1933. He spent his childhood in Melita until he moved to Winnipeg to attend United College and the University of Manitoba, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy in 1957. Gerry returned to Melita to work beside his Dad in Morrow's Pharmacy and he purchased the drugstore in 1959. In 1961, Gerry married Agnes Fuller of Carievale, Saskatchewan and they were blessed with four children, Jay, Tracy, Kristal and Tania. Dad was very involved in Melita community life, volunteering his time on countless projects to improve the quality of life in Melita. He served as Mayor of Melita for nine years and Chairman of the Melita Centennial Committee in 1984. Dad was active in the Melita Chamber of Commerce for many years as well as the Kinsmen and K40 clubs, and he was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge in Melita. Gerry was an avid curler for many years, skipping a number of rinks during high school, university and well into mid-life. He competed in the British Consoles in the 1960's, and his rink won many bonspiels over the years. He and Agnes enjoyed many summers at Clear Lake with their family, and even had to acquire a second cottage to accommodate everyone. Gerry and Agnes also enjoyed travelling to places including China, the former Yugoslav, the Caribbean, Thailand and the United Kingdom. In 1999 Dad sold the drugstore and he continued to enjoy gardening and going for morning coffee with the coffee gang' everyday at the Happy Chopstick or Melita Inn. In 2003 Mom and Dad moved to Sanford to be closer to their children, and because of Dad's declining health, they moved to Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence (assisted living) in Winnipeg in October 2008 to be closer to the medical care he required. We were delighted to have Mom and Dad living closer to us so we could see them more often and so they were able to participate in their grandchildren's many activities and sporting events. In February 2008, Gerry was diagnosed with Progressive SupraNuclear Palsy, or PSP, which is a rare neurological Parkinson's-related disease that affects vision, mobility, speech and personality. We sadly watched Dad slip away' from us for the past five or so years as this untreatable disease progressed. On October 5 2009, Dad was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, to which he ultimately succumbed less than two weeks later. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the PRIME program at Deer Lodge for their excellent and compassionate care of Dad during his 4-1/2 month involvement with the program; special thanks to Sue, Janna and Dr. Albak. Thanks also to Dad's regular Health Care Aids through the Manitoba Homecare Program: Elaine, Nelda and Nellia, as well as the many others who assisted Dad in a variety of ways over the past year. We are grateful for Nurse Jadwiga of the Palliative Care Program for her knowledge and kind support to both Dad and the family during his very short time in palliative care. This allowed us to keep Dad at home during his final days, and we are so grateful for that. Special thanks to the staff at Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence for their wonderful care and concern for Dad since him and Mom moved in last November. Finally, special thanks to Nick Knish of Knish Funeral Chapel in Winnipeg. A beginning and an ending, dates upon a stone But the moment in the middle is how we will be known Cause what defines us can be found within a line Finding reason for our time (Mark Harris song The Line between The Two ) Dad was a role model of graciousness, integrity and community service not only for his family, but for many who knew him. His Line will never be forgotten. A celebration of Gerry's life will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Victoria United Church in Melita. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dad's memory to the Melita Centennial Committee Centennial Fund c/o Donna Brown, Brown Accounting, 133 Main Street, Melita, R0M 1L0. Arrangements by Redpath Funeral Home in Melita.


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