MORLEY, William John
Passed away peacefully on Thursday Oct 22, 2009 at the Worthington Pavilion in Abbotsford. Survived by his sister, Bernice Morley, niece Jane, nephews David and John, pre-deceased by his wife Kathleen in 2008, brother Colin in 1942 and brother Lloyd in 2000. John was born April 24, 1914 to pioneering parents who had moved from England to establish a farm on the bald prairie near Eyebrow, Saskatchewan. However, the harsh prairie was too much for John’s mother and the family returned to southern England and acquired “The Hollies” farm in Kempley, Gloucestershire. John particularly enjoyed summers with his siblings and cousins at Llanddewi Rhydderch, Monmouthshire, Wales. John was a born scientist and demonstrated a brilliance for the sciences in school. However, the only avenue to higher education achievable for the family was for John to pursue teaching with the benefit of a scholarship. John met Kathleen while they were both teaching at the Bicester Grammar School in 1938. In 1948 John, Kathleen, Lloyd and Bernice moved back “home” to Canada. John and Kathleen moved to Ottawa where John achieved the scientific research job he desired working for the Federal Government. Eventually, the milder climate of the west coast attracted John and Kathleen to Langley and later Abbotsford in 1952. John resumed the role of teacher (of science) at the original Abbotsford Junior High School where Kathleen also worked as the Librarian. They retired in 1972, but continued to maintain contact with several former students for many years. John also dabbled in land purchases and property development with success. The residential Kempley Court cul-de-sac off King Road is a testament to his efforts. For nearly 50 years John and Kathleen resided on 7 lovely acres on King Road, now the site of Suite Dreams B & B. Family would like to thank all of John’s friends and acquaintances who provided support in recent years and the staff of the Worthington Pavilion for wonderful care and unending patience. John will be laid to rest after a small service at 2:00pm on Friday Oct 30 at the Maclure Road Cemetery. A small reception will follow. Memories, stories and condolences may be emailed to [email protected] In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals or a charity of your choice.