William Roscoe “Bill” Morrison

    • William Roscoe “Bill” Morrison
    • RCE Badge circa 1937-1952
    • William Roscoe “Bill” Morrison Headsone at Beechwood National Military Cemetery, Ottawa

    We regret to advise of the death of William Roscoe “Bill” Morrison on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 in South Dundas, ON in his 96th year. He was a Royal Canadian Engineers veteran of the Second World War.

    Born in Lindsay, ON, Bill grew up in Wakefield, QC. Enlisting in the Canadian Army at the age of 21, he served overseas during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Engineers. He was a member of the Railway Operating Group of the Canadian Railway Troops and served primarily in England, Belgium and Holland.

    Following the war, Bill continued his work as a heavy equipment operator - joining his father, John, and his brother, Jack, in the J.T. Morrison and Sons Excavating business. He married in 1949 and raised his family in Ottawa, ON, working many years as an equipment operator and for 15 years he operated large conventional and tower cranes. His work contributed to the construction of some of Ottawa's notable mid-century buildings, including the National Arts Centre.  

    Upon his retirement, Bill became an accomplished carpenter with a particular aptness for designing and fashioning clocks. He was a long-time and enthusiastic member of the congregation of St. David & St. Martin Presbyterian Church, even after his move to Morrisburg in recent years. He will be remembered and missed by his fellow congregants there and by the residents at the Hartford Retirement Residence.

    In celebration of Bill's life, a memorial service will be held Thursday, 30 March at 11:00 AM at St. David & St. Martin Presbyterian Church at 444 St. Laurent Blvd., with a reception to follow in the church hall. Burial will be held at Beechwood Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to St. David & St. Martin, The Salvation Army, or the charity of your choosing.

    Condolences/Tributes/Donations can be sent to Hulse, Playfair & McGarry {khMar2017}[zsp]