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Robert Brown Morgan

September 15, 1950November 6, 2020

It is with grieving hearts that we announce the passing of Robert Brown Morgan on the morning of Friday, November 6, 2020. Robert was born in Victoria on September 15, 1950, a few minutes after his twin sister. He was raised in Victoria. His love of wildlife and nature led him to complete a Bachelor of Science in Zoology at the University of Alberta. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he developed an interest in law and ultimately pursued a career as a lawyer. He attended law school at the University of Ottawa, where he met and fell in love with his wife of 40 years, Barbara.

Rob and Barb relocated to Kenora with their son Matthew and during Rob’s tenure in Kenora, he frequently travelled to the Rainy River District to provide legal services. In 1983, the Morgan family moved to Fort Frances, thinking they would only live in the Rainy River District for a few years. Rob and his family did not take long to develop lasting friendships with the people of the Rainy River District and the family quickly gained a love and appreciation for the beauty of Rainy Lake and the surrounding area.

Rob served the community as a lawyer and was involved in many community endeavours, notably as a volunteer for minor hockey and the Fort Frances Visserettes Gymnastics Club. Rob and Barb had wonderful friendships with the people in the Rainy River District along with many friends from all over the U.S. as a result of building a cabin on a small island on the north arm of Rainy Lake. Although he had no extended family in the Rainy River District, Rob always felt that our friends were an extension of his family - a sentiment shared by his wife and three children.

Robert received excellent care at La Verendrye Hospital, the same hospital where two of his children were born. He passed away peacefully, with his family at his side and his friends in his mind. Robert lived with cancer for 15 years. With his strength and optimism, Rob managed to negotiate with the cancer and live many healthy years with ongoing treatment.

Robert was a wonderful husband and loving father, a trusted friend to many, a skilled and experienced lawyer and successful entrepreneur. Robert always took an interest in young people and encouraged young adults to pursue their dreams. He saw the glass half-full and enjoyed the little things in life. His family and friends will forever cherish the memories they shared with him.

Robert was predeceased by his father Vernon Morgan (Victoria, BC), his mother Patricia Archibald (Burnaby, BC), sister Suzanne Hartley (Richmond, BC), and brother Andy Archibald (Langley, BC). Robert is survived by his wife Barbara and his three children, Matthew (Courtenay, BC), Graeme (Qualicum, BC), Hillary (Prince George, BC), his oldest sister Penny Brand (Peter) (Sidney, BC), his twin sister Candice Morgan (Ian) (Nanoose Bay, BC), sister Heidi Archibald (Joanne) (New Westminster, BC), sister in law Lynda Noel (Keary) (Langley, BC), brother Dennis Murphy (Hawaii, USA), niece Caitlin MacDonald (Drew) (Nanaimo, BC), and nephews Josh Brand (Laura), Aidan Brand (Heather), Fraser MacDonald (Kathryn) and Brady Archibald.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, an invitation-only memorial will be held. A Mass that is open to the public will be held at St. Mary’s Parish on Wednesday, November 18th at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made in Rob’s memory to the Riverside Foundation for Healthcare or to the Royal Canadian Legion Fort Frances branch.

“You can trust a human being with grief; even a small human being. Walk fearlessly into the house of mourning, for grief is only love that has come against its oldest challenge. And, after all these mortal years, love knows how to handle it.” Rob know that you were so loved by me. I have lost my best friend, my life’s partner and trusted soul mate. When your soul left a part of my soul went with you. God blessed the path we took together, our love grew and strengthened and love supported us when our path turned sharply and when there were hills to climb. We took our path and vowed never to part and our three children are our legacy to each other and to God.

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Sylvia Johnson

November 23, 2020

Sincerest condolence to Robs family and friends. Many happy memories of times together Barb...<3

Carissa Pierroz

November 17, 2020

To the Morgan Family,

We send our deepest condolences, our warmest hugs, and our ongoing prayers to you during this difficult time. Rob will be kept in our hearts as a member of our Fort Frances extended family with memories of his warmth, laughter, and caring nature. We send love to you today and will be honoring him from here.

Love and Peace to you all,
Nick, Carissa, Everly, and Keaton

Forch Mauro

November 16, 2020

Barb and Family
I met my friend back in 1983 at your office/house on Church St. His happy disposition struck me immediately. I found a caring friend that I could trust completely. He provided me with legal services and collaborated on numerous clients over the years. Rob was quite the family man. Numerous meetings always ended up with a discussion on our respective family members. We will miss you Rob.

Tom Foley

November 16, 2020

Rob Morgan was an absolute gem of a man. Full of character and life. He always had my best interest at heart, easy man to respect and love.

Barb feel same way about you

Tom & Joan

Donna Cannon

November 13, 2020

Chris and I send our heartfelt love and sincere condolences to you, Barb, and to your family and to Rob’s family as you mourn his passing. As I shared with Matt, who practically lives next door to us, I feel I owe so much to his Dad. If my best buddy Kim hadn’t convinced me to come work with her for Rob that November day in ‘85, just one day after I hit a deer and totalled my car on route back to Winnipeg, it is hard to say whether I would have stayed in Fort Frances. But thanks to Rob taking a chance on me and hiring me and the divine grace of God, the direction of my life was changed for the better within 24 hours of that deer losing it’s life. In large part, the many blessings I have enjoyed every year since then are due to Kim and Rob and that fateful day in that little law office on Church Street. Thank you, Rob, from the bottom of my heart, for your friendship and the many precious memories made while working for you. May you peacefully rest in His loving arms as we, whom are left behind, savour our precious memories of you until we meet again.

Joan Belanger

November 13, 2020

My thoughts, and love go out to you and your family, Barb. You were always part of our family, no matter what we were doing. or where we were going. If we were on our way to the ski hill, Barb was in the back of the car holding onto the skis so they didnt fall out. If we were going to camp on Coney Island, Barb was there, helping to clean the camp. You were with Janet lining up the kids on the street to enter the parade at Keewatin on Labour Day, We have always kept in touch when you and Rob moved to Fort Frances. We will continue to keep you in our memories and wish you strength for the future. All my love, Joan

Deb Westover

November 12, 2020

Rob has represented my family, as a solicitor, numerous times over the years and excelled at everything he did for us. Tough but fair and got the job done.
A few years back he caught me on the street and convinced me that I “really” did want to go back to work. Such a fascinating guy to work for! When the frustration level with each other would skyrocket, I went for a walk around the block. But….I am so very proud to say that Mr. Morgan “Sir” discovered that he was not beyond needing to take that walk.
It wasn’t long before RBM managed to worm his way into my heart as not only an excellent lawyer, a fantastic employer and work partner but the most amazing friend a person could ask for. The after-hours or weekend work catch-up get-togethers became something I looked forward to. Those tea breaks with sugary sweets, ice cream and hours of visiting and learning about each other will be a wonderful memory to fall back on.
Rest easy “Dear Sir”, you will be forever remembered with love and admiration.

Kathy Zupancich

November 12, 2020

Barb and family,
Our hearts are heavy with the news of Rob's passing. We are so very sorry for this great loss... you are in our hearts and prayers.
When we last spoke this past Fall, he shared that it could possibly be our last business related conversation, as he returned my call from home already at that time, not the office... and it was indeed the last time we spoke. We said our goodbyes in our own ways and I teased him that he would no doubt outlive us.
As US citizens with a fishing lodge in Ontario, our business relationship was very long. Family court battles over the property, MNR issues, sales of properties, Trust issues... etc... the list is on-going. During a 17 year family law-suit he gave 100% and spent so much time with us that our young children began calling him "uncle Rob" and still do to this day.
Our hearts will remember your kindness, our heads will remember your words of wisdom.
Thank you Rob. Rest in peace dear friend.
I think of Rob often when reading this plaque on my desk that has been there for 40 years...
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marie Babcock

November 11, 2020

Dear Barb,

I send my love and my deepest condolences to you and your family for your tremendous loss. You and Rob were a loving couple and a great team. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time and I hope you take comfort in the wonderful memories you have made over the years with Rob, the love of your life.

With Love,

Marie

Ray Maynard

November 11, 2020

Dear Barb,
It is hard to comprehend that someone as seemingly invincible as Rob is gone.
I recall the gentle man who gave me several moments to compose myself when I was attending to estate issues following Elaine’s passing.
Then there was the plain-spoken man who managed to encapsulate much of what he viewed as human foibles in a wryly turned phrase.

Ray Maynard

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