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Alfred Richard Morrish

Nov 24, 1930 - Dec 25, 2022

Service

Friday, January 20, 2023
2:00 pm
Cremation has taken place and we invite you to join us for the celebration of Dad’s life on Friday January 20, 2023, at 2 p.m. in the Nazarene Church, Rocky Mountain House. A private burial will take place later in the year.

Interment

Garth Cemetery

Notice

In lieu of flowers, donations in Alf’s memory as per his request may be made to the ALS Society of Canada or a charity of your choice.

Obituary

Morrish, Alfred Richard
1930-2022
Alfred Richard Morrish passed away December 25, 2022. Born in Rocky Mountain House November 24, 1930, he was the son of the late Richard and Edith Morrish.
He is survived by his partner Hazel Drakes, sister Florence Allen, his children Wendy (Robert Raeside) Wolfville, Nova Scotia, James (Myrna) Rocky Mountain House, Jackson (Cindy) Rocky Mountain House, Robert (Bev Gibbs) Eckville, Gordon (Melanie) Rimbey, Judith Rocky Mountain House, and Darren Miller (Heather) Kelowna, grandchildren Gordon and Donald Raeside; Michael, Sean and Aryana Morrish; Jason Morrish and Cora Dennis; William and Daniel Morrish; Emilee, Matthew and Sara Morrish; David (Morrish) Reid, Courtney Egan, Ashton Ismail, and Zackary Miller; 15 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a number of step children and their families.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wives Joyce (1988) and Delphine (2009), brothers Reginald and Arthur (in infancy) and sister Dorothy (Giese) and stepdaughter Margaret Harper.
Other than for a couple of years living in Mirror while working on the railroad, Alf spent his 92 years in Rocky and the Garth/Ferrier district.
Alf’s heart was full of service for family and community. He was a loving, caring, dedicated and supportive husband and father and all-round handy-man for all his family including his step children and their families.
Alf was a hard working and loyal employee. His first employment at the age of 14 was working in bush camps, followed by being a railroad section worker and eventually a conductor for the CNR, a parts man, salesman, office and garage manager for International Harvester owners Matt Bradshaw and then Helen Hunley. Upon the closing of International Harvester and remaining with Helen Hunley he turned to the task of selling insurance. In 1970 Alf and Carl Ringness purchased Helen Hunley Agencies where he remained until retirement in 1984. Full retirement was not to be. Following retirement, he worked for Alberta recreation and Parks caring for campgrounds and for Alberta Health Lifeline services and had a sale table of his crafts at the Rocky Farm Market. He was an active member of the church and sang in the choir as well as joining local barbershop singers.

In his later years, Alf enjoyed woodworking and numerous, trucks, cars, trains, machinery, picture frames, tables, etc. were created. In the last few years his love of music and woodworking led him to repairing and refinishing old violins.

Alf loved to make people at least smile if not laugh. He loved acting in skits and plays and being the master of ceremonies at the Ed Sullivan Variety Night with Rocky Little Theatre. He dreamed up great parade floats which more often than not won first prize. Unsuspecting Farmers’ Market entrepreneurs and customers were often the victims of his home-made marshmallow shooters. He seemed always to have a twinkle in his eye.
Alf loved local history! His memory recall of the people, situations, and experiences of Rocky and area, the recitation of poems and the escapades from his school days and the inevitable joke of the day kept many of us at the coffee tables of the town infatuated and usually in stitches even up to his passing.
His mantra for which he wished to be remembered was “I would like to be remembered as a teller of stories and history” (The Mountaineer, August 24, 1999).
Cremation has taken place and we invite you to join us for the celebration of Dad’s life on Friday January 20, 2023, at 2 p.m. in the Nazarene Church, Rocky Mountain House. A private burial will take place later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alf’s memory as per his request may be made to the ALS Society of Canada or a charity of your choice.

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Sandra Zoa Ward:

Blessings, Wendy and family as you remember your Dad. Wonderful that you were able go to Alberta to be with others in the family at this time. Sandra Ward

Frances Fairbrother:

To the families of Alf Morrish :

I am thinking of all of you and so very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Alf and visiting with him throughout our various interactions over the years. He was lighthearted, talented, warm, witty and engaging and always so welcoming and hospitable. May your many fond memories bring you peace and comfort in the coming days. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Rest in peace, Alf.

Sincere condolences,
Frances Fairbrother

Kathryn and Ed Himsl:

Our hearts, thoughts and best wishes are with your entire family. Your dad sounded like a wonderful man that I wish I'd known. How lucky you are to be his daughter! We hope for deep peace and healing in the tough days of raw sorrow. May your friends and family be a great comfort and source of rich memories. Kathryn and Ed

Loraine (Bowhay) Liang :

Alf was a favorite “ cousin-in-law” indeed. ( having married our cousin Joyce Hunley). Many family gatherings were brightened by his presence. Lives have been “enriched” just by knowing him. What special memories we have. Condolences to family members. Praying for you, and the celebration of his life.

Arlene Miller (nee Bowhay):

Alf was the kind of guy who made me feel good, just seeing his smiling face! And he raises some wonderful children! My condolences to you all!

Janet Rowledge:

So sorry for your loss Jack Cindy and all the families. Your dad sounded like a amazing man
Prayers and love

Michelle Wutzke:

So sorry to hear of Alf’s passing and sending my condolences. I had the pleasure of serving Alf often at the Rocky Library. He was always a pleasure to talk to and I looked forward to seeing him come in for a new pile of books. He will be missed.

Robin and Phyllis Read:

Our deepest condolences to all.
Alf was an unique man with a bright smile and many interesting stories. We visited over many cups of coffee at A&W. Alf will never be forgotten. He has touched so many lives. These and other special memories will live on.

Dusty & Karen Fay :

Alf was a true Gentleman and a pleasure to visit with. Sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to the Morrish Family.

Bev Dahlmo:

My sincere condolences to the Morrish family

Randy and. Sharon. Hardy:

We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Alf’s family and friends I got to meet. Alf. He was a very. Joyful fella and he treated my sister in law so very good he will be dearly missed. RIP. Alf

Evelyn Zuberbier:

To Alf Morrish’s family,
We share your sorrow with the loss of Alf. He is lovingly remembered for his sweet sense of humour. He was a caring, kind and genial soul with a pleasant smile for everyone he met.
Warm hugs are sent to all of you.
Evelyn Zuberbier and husband Bill Butler

Stewart Stephanson:

It’s with much sadness I read of the passing of Alf. It was always a adventure to hear his latest joke of the day ! And was always amazed, it never, ever was one he told previously.
Will Sinclair ( my father in law ) and Alf were best friends , at meeting each other, they both immediately began laughing ! ( and began recalling some adventures the two shared over the years )
Will has been gone for many years, but often meeting Alf, he had a memory or experience
of a long time friend to relate. ( many were often the same stories, but it always cheered me to hear them again )
To all the family members , my since condolences on the passing of Alf.
His memory will be retained by many family and friends .
Sincerely
Stew ( Jean ) STEPHANSON

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