Farming Rural 07

Donald Neil Morrison

January 4, 1930 ~ August 22, 2020 (age 90)

Obituary

In Loving Memory of
Donald Neil
Morrison

age 90
beloved husband of the late Eunice
beloved dad to Colin, Kim & Gene

Died
August 22, 2020
at his residence
Killarney, Manitoba 

In accordance with Don’s wishes 
cremation has taken place 
and a private service will be held 
at Rea Cemetery, Dunrea, Manitoba

Please click here to view recording of the service ~ https://vimeo.com/454233559

 

Donations in memory of Don may be made 
to Ninette Community Place, Box 135, Ninette, MB R0K 1R0 or a charity of one’s choice 

Donald Neil Morrison was born January 04, 1930 on the family farm SW 28-4-16 near Ninette, MB.  Born to parents Jennie and Angus Morrison. Delivered by his grandmother, he was the youngest son and his siblings George and Mary Morrison, though much older,  remained a close knit family throughout their lives.

At the age of 8 he started school at the Tisdale – One room schoolhouse about 5 miles from the family farm.  Dad always recounted the story how someone had been to visit and asked his Mom-Jennie “Well when are you going to send that child to school?”
At that point in his life Dad (Don) only spoke Gaelic so no doubt school must have been quite a transition in his early life.  He said he always got the oldest most sway back horse to make the trek back & forth to school.  He completed Grade 8 at Tisdale school and that was to be the end of his academic career.  Killarney School was far away and there was work waiting for him on the farm.
At that point he joined his older brother George and his Mom to work the family farm  His Dad, Angus, had been bed ridden and suffered from what we believe was some sort of Rheumatoid Arthritis and succumbed to his illness when Dad (Don) was only 2.  There was lots of hard work to go around at that time for everyone.  As a young boy one of Dad’s jobs was to pump water (of course by hand) for the many horses that were needed to work the farm as he explained to his own kids much later.  When they wanted horses that he wasn’t all that fond of horses because of all the work he remembered that having horses meant – though Dad & Uncle chored  for many years with a pair of Percherons, Queen & Trixie long after most farmers had transitioned to using tractors.

When Dad was around 23 he met a young gal from Carrot River, SK, Eunice Parcher, who was working at the Ninette Sanatorium.  They had a 3 year courtship and married August 04, 1956.  Nine months later their first son, Colin arrived in 1957 and at that time the young family was living with Grandma and Uncle George.  A few years passed before they built their own in 1960 – ½ mile west of Grandma’s – where Dad resided for the rest of his life.  Dad and Mom built their new home with the help of a local carpenter. Dad (Don) recounted how they had to carry the building supplies by hand the ½ mile from the main gravel road.  Kim, their daughter arrived in 1960 and their youngest son Gene in 1962.

 

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