Known for his warm engaging personality and fine listening skills, James (Jim) Lewis Morrison passed away peacefully at the Maycourt Hospice, Ottawa, in his 81st year on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.
Born in London and raised in Athens, Ontario, Jim was predeceased by his parents, Gerald Lewis Morrison and Mary Louella Mackie as well as his brother, Mackie Morrison. He is survived by his ex-wife Mary Mueller, close and loving supportive friend Ali Black, and pre-deceased by his second wife Susan Worsnop. Loving father to Michelle Serson and Scott Morrison, grandfather to Jim Serson and Bailey McNicoll and great grandfather to Bella & Kooper. Survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Bouthoorn of Rockport Ontario, his brother Robert John Morrison of Kingston and their families.
After graduating from Athens District High School, Jim spent time in the Officer Training program of the Royal Canadian Naval Air Arm. Following this, he did training in sales management in Toronto. Additionally, he wrote for the Toronto Star, the Brockville R&T and several other papers and magazines as a roving reporter as well as developing a community newspaper in Abitibi. He served as Recreation Director in community centres in North Bay and developed the first mall newspaper in Toronto.
Jim graduated from North Bay Teachers College and later attended Queens University, graduating with a B.A in 1972 and a Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa in 1980. He had a varied and noteworthy career as an elementary school principal in Sprague Ontario and other areas in both Northern and Eastern Ontario and also developed and ran Board training programs for both Educators and Board officials.
He was active as an addictions educator in Eastern Ontario and Northern New York and was supportive of people with addictions and other health issues. His many years of community service benefitted many.
As a proud Scotsman, Jim joined the City of Brockville Pipe Band as a Bass Drummer. Later he was active in developing an eastern arm of the Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band, performing locally, throughout Eastern Ontario and northern New York State and in 2001, at several locations in Scotland including the Edenborough Tattoo and Balmoral Castle. With his interest in all things Celtic, he helped develop the Brockville Celtic Festival in 2001 and ran several Celtic events in Eastern Ontario.
Jim loved the outdoors and spent many happy moments on the water in sailboats, canoes and a houseboat as well as enjoying jogging, running marathons, hiking, and skiing. He developed and ran a houseboat Company (Aquaventures) operating on the St Lawrence, Rideau and Ottawa Rivers. He was actively involved in the Ottawa Tulip Festival Boating Festival and worked with various radio stations to promote events along the three rivers. He created many happy memories for friends and family as well as customers from all over the world.
Jim will be dearly missed by his many friends across Canada and northern New York. A funeral and celebration of Jim’s life will take place in the spring. Dates and details will be available in early May. In memory of Jim, donations may be sent to the Heart Institute or Cancer Centre. Leave a condolence or share a memory of Jim by clicking on the Memory Button above.