Gerard Morrow

June 18, 1951July 2, 2019
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MORROW – Gerard Sydney

It is with tremendous sadness the family of Gerard Morrow announce his peaceful passing on July 2nd, 2019 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital following an extended illness. Born in Sydney on June 18th, 1951, Gerard was the son of the late RCMP Cpl. Maurice and Tena (MacGillivray) Morrow.

Gerard graduated from Sydney Academy and attended Dalhousie (B.Sc) and St Francis Xavier (B.Ed) Universities. He returned to Sydney Academy in 1974 to begin a teaching career until his retirement in 2006 as Science Department Head. Throughout those years, Gerard encouraged his students in all aspects of learning and became a mentor to many, which continued following their graduation into their adult lives.

This interest in learning continued in his own life. Never afraid of any challenge, Gerard decided to learn to play the fiddle following his retirement and became a devoted member of the Cape Breton Fiddlers. He worked to perfect his saxophone skills and then so much enjoyed his time performing as part of the dance band Rock-it. He took up windsurfing and kayaking, returned to skiing and hockey, becoming a goalie and eager to play as many games as he was called for.

Gerard was an avid 'fixer', builder, and woodworker, leaving behind a legacy of accomplishments to be enjoyed. These accomplishments are a true testament to his work ethic, a quality that he made certain to instil in his two children. Most of all, Gerard cherished the time spent at the family cottage in Pt. Michaud, on the beach beside the ocean sharing special times and making memories with family and friends over the years.

Gerard was born a true teacher at heart. He used that gift both in and out of the classroom setting. Anyone that met him was sure to receive advice or lesson to take with them. All of his actions were motivated by his huge heart, and willingness to give and help others. Gerard will always be remembered as a dynamic people person, story teller and friend. He faced his medical challenges and setbacks over the past two years with courage and determination, hope and prayer. We acknowledge the tremendous support and encouragement given to him by family and his many friends during this time. He was lifted up by your visits.

Gerard is survived by his wife Anne (McDonald), daughter Erin, son Andrew (Jen) and grandchildren Bennett and Reid, who were truly the light of his life. He is also survived by brother in law and sister in law, Matt and Jane McDonald and very special nieces, Maggie Banfield (Kevin) and great nephew Owen, and Jenny McDonald (Jesse Lightstone) as well as cousin Leonard MacGillivray. He was predeceased by special cousin Dwight (Deanie) MacGillivray.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff who were involved in Gerard’s daily care in both Halifax and Sydney.

Visitation will be held 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Sunday July 7th at TW Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 3 pm on Monday July 8th at St. Marguerite de Bourgoeys. Father Burke will officiate. Donations to hospice palliative care society, Cape Breton Regional hospital Foundation Or Kidney Cancer of Canada. Online condolences may be sent by visiting


  • Anne (McDonald) Morrow, Wife
  • RCMP Cpl. Maurice Morrow, Father
  • Tena (MacGillivray) Morrow, Mother
  • Erin Morrow, Daughter
  • Andrew (Jen) Morrow, Son
  • Bennett Morrow, Grandson
  • Reid Morrow, Grandson
  • Matt MacDonald, Brother-in-law
  • Jane McDonald, Sister-in-law
  • Maggie Banfield (Kevin), Very Special Niece
  • Jenny McDonald (Jesse Lightstone), Very Special Niece
  • Owen ., Great Nephew
  • Leonard MacGillivray, Cousin
  • Dwight (Deanie) MacGillivray, Special Cousin

  • Dwayne Andrews, Pallbearer
  • Bill Delaney, Pallbearer
  • Coady Delaney, Pallbearer
  • Jim McDonald, Pallbearer
  • Jim Woodrow, Pallbearer
  • Leonard MacGillivray , Honorary


  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 8, 2019


Gerard Morrow

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Sam Landry

July 13, 2019

Although we lost contact when I moved away in 1971, I will always have fond memories of our friendship growing up especially the high school years. I was saddened to learn of his passing. Condolences to his family.

Ron Hanrahan

July 8, 2019

Hello my name is Ronald Hanrahan. My sincerest condolences to the Morrow family in regards to the passing of Gerard. He was an excellent educator and an even better person. I am saddened to hear of his passing and wish his family only the best during this difficult and trying period of their lives.

With deepest sympathy,

Ronald Hanrahan

Chad Hanrahan

July 8, 2019

My name is Chad Hanrahan. My sincerest condolences to the Morrow family. I am just learning of his passing today so my apologies for not attending the visitation nor service. It would have been an honor to attend.
Gerard was my very first cooperating teacher when I completed my first pre service teaching assignment at Sydney Academy. There was a mix up with my placement and when nobody wanted to take me, he did out of the kindness of his heart. I am truly grateful for his mentoring and guidance and his methods helped shape me into the educator I am today.

With sincerest sympathy,
Chad Hanrahan

Tom & Eva Kummer

July 8, 2019

Dear Andrew and Family
May the thoughts of sympathy
help to ease your pain
at this difficult time
With deepest Sympathy
Eva and Tom Kummer

Shane Gyorfi

July 8, 2019

Very saddened to hear of Gerard’s passing. He loved life more than anyone I know, and always tried to make sure it rubbed off on me. He was an awesome guy, and will be missed dearly. He will live on in our hearts and minds though. Condolences to his family.
With love,

Mike Hache

July 7, 2019

Judie and I were saddened to hear of Gerard's passing. May your memories of the good times sustain you all in the difficult days ahead.

Mike and Judie Hache
Point Michaud

Betty MacDonald (Aboud]

July 7, 2019

Deepest Sympathy to the Family...So sorry to read of his passing...May the wonderful memories you have help you in your grief...Thoughts and Prayers with you all...

Jan Saddington

July 7, 2019

Dear Cape Breton Cousins, One and All,
On our dining room table we have a fine photo of Gerard in the centre of an Inverary family reunion photo taken in September of 2017.
And so, although we are sorry that we aren't there with you, we shall do our Celtic best to bring him honour this evening with the playing of guitars, the singing of joyful songs and, no doubt, the quaffing of some fine craft beer on the cottage dock.
To Gerard, truly " a man of many parts"!
We send our deepest sympathy and respect for all that you have experienced in knowing and supporting such a fine man.
Love, Jan and Ron

Angus & Merrie Pyke

July 6, 2019

Our deepest condolences go out to your family at this difficult time. Gerard will forever have a special place in our hearts as he was an amazing, kind and helpful neighbour. Always wanting to lend a hand and always there to give advice. He will be greatly missed. Loving thoughts and prayers to the Morrow family.

Linda Jensen-Moran

July 6, 2019

Sincere condolences to all the family and friends of Gerard. We knew him through the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association and know he will surely be missed. Linda Jensen-Moran and Mike Moran