John William Frank Morison

May 6, 1947January 5, 2019
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John Morison, passed away peacefully at the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice on January 5, 2019 in his 72nd year with his family by his side. Loving husband of Vivienne. Cherished father of James and Allan (Carisa). Grandfather to Jessica, Maddison and Macy. Survived by his siblings Kelly, Nancy and Peter

John was a teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for 35 years

The family wishes to thank the Oncology Unit at the Juravinski, the VON, and a special thank you to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice for their compassion and support during John's final days

A celebration of life will be held on Friday January 11, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel, 322 Fennell Ave East, Hamilton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Dr. Bob Kemp hospice would be greatly appreciated.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Morison family.


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John William Frank Morison

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Will Hendrie

January 11, 2019

I visited John at his Duke St. apartment at Christmastime in 1968. Upon entering I was surprised to see his Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling.
I thought this quite odd until last year when I was watching Victoria (PBS) and I learned that Prince Albert also hung the royal tree from the ceiling in Buckingham Palace. John had exclusive company in his tastes.

Marissa Rodix

January 10, 2019

As a former student of John’s at Fessenden I was saddened to hear of his passing and send condolences to the family for their loss.

I remember vividly, sitting at my desk as a nervous 4th grader approaching the end of the year. We were going to be finding out who’s 5th grade class we would be assigned to. I was hoping to be sent across the playground into the safety of Ms. Ellis’ portable. We had all heard the shouting that came from the room across the hall too scary! Little did I know that would be the luckiest thing to happen to me.
I am sure that I will not be the only person to try and express the gratitude I feel for having been in his class but I needed to try. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have thought of him in the 24 years since I sat in his classroom. Every significant person in my life has heard stories of this man. This man, who taught me so much about how to live at a time when I didn’t even realize it was happening, or how far reaching those lessons would be.
John empowered each of his students with the ability to trust in their unique strengths while holding us all to a higher standard of behaviour and responsibility than most would deem possible of students so young. Even at 9 years old, I knew something was different. I felt like he saw me, really saw me. In later years it would feel like he had seen who I would become before I had and he had given me the confidence to get there.
There isn’t a single person who went through a year in his classroom that isn’t better for it. His profound influence in my life still surprises and impresses me, and I hope as his family you are all bursting with pride at the incredible impact he had on so many.
I’m sure it was an entirely different experience to know him as ‘husband’ or ‘father’ or ‘friend’ but to us he was our captain. O captain my captain! He was a teacher in the truest sense of the word and I am honoured to have been his student.
Thank you for sharing him with us.

Moiya Keenan

January 9, 2019

My condolences to Vivienne and family on the loss of John. It's been a long time, but I have fond memories of you all.