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Born: Mar 10, 1947

Date of Passing: Oct 25, 2021

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March 10, 1947 - October 25, 2021

On Monday, October 25, 2021, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Walter Morris. After his courageous battle with cancer, John passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
John was predeceased by his mother Lily and father Walter. He is survived by his wife Sylvia, and children, Kim LaFleche (Henri), Shannon Martin (Pierre), Tanya Vermeulen (Mark), and Shaun Morris (Jen); and grandchildren, Chase, Desiree, George, Gabrielle, Ireland, Sawyer and Emery. Also survived by his brothers, Jeff (Jennifer) and Jim, and sister Kathy (Lorenzo), as well as several nieces and nephews. John had many close friends that he considered and treated like family.
John was known for his infectious laugh and charismatic personality. With a glass of red wine in hand, John was always the life of the party while spending time with family and friends.
John enjoyed golf and travel which included trips to Ireland and Italy.
Dad was always there to lend an ear and hand whenever needed. Dad was the glue of the family. He always looked forward to bringing everyone together during holiday gatherings dressed as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
G-Pa will always be remembered for his famous mac and cheese casserole and perfect bacon. There were several adventures that G-Pa will be remembered for including annual craft nights, Winnipeg Jets games, movie outings and numerous limo rides which always made the kids feel like rock stars.
John spent the majority of his 45 years in automotive parts sales, working for Fenwick Automotive and Specialty Sales and Marketing, where he took great pride in his work while making many long-term friendships.
The family would like to thank CancerCare at Victoria Hospital; as well as the Palliative Care team at Riverview Health Centre.
A private service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Cancer Crossing.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I worked with John at Fenwick Automotive for many years and was sorry to hear of his passing. He always had a happy outlook and that special laugh. - Posted by: Catherine McWilliams (Friend) on: Dec 02, 2021

  • John will be always be remembered by our 40 or so years of knowing him his kind and friendly way about him our thoughts and prayers go out to Silvia and family. A good friend will be missed. - Posted by: Bob and Linda Regula (Friend and business association ) on: Nov 06, 2021

  • Dear Sylvia and Family Our deepest sympathy for you and your family on John's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Take care Jane, John & Zachary Alderdice - Posted by: Jane Alderdice (Friend) on: Nov 04, 2021

  • Johnny, you were my mentor, co worker and most of all my friend. I learned so much and had some great times on our work trips together. Whether we were driving to Modern or off to Thunder Bay, I always enjoyed our sing alongs in his Edge. One of our favourite songs to sing on the road was “Night moves” Bob Seger. I will sincerely miss you John. It’s really unfortunate that we never did go for that lunch we tried so many times to plan this last year. Rest In Peace Sir.. My prayers, condolences and hugs to Sylv and the family. Arbuthnot Family - Posted by: Darcy (Friend & Mentor ) on: Nov 03, 2021

  • John was the husband of our dear friend Sylvia and together they found true happiness. He was a wonderful man and dedicated husband. His father Walter was at Catherine Place with our mom Mary Broeska several years back and we would all reconnect there and had some great meals and fun times together. He will be missed and our family sends our condolences. - Posted by: Linda Broeska Lane (Friend and school mate from Nelson Mac) on: Nov 03, 2021

  • I had the pleasure working with John for a couple of years. John was a true gentleman and friend. He always talked about his family which he loved very much. I was really saddened by his passing but know that he is now in a better place. Hopefully one day I will see him again, just a classy, big hearted man! Rest in peace John - Posted by: Daniel Morrison (Friend/Colleague) on: Nov 03, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Sylvia and family. We always enjoyed John's company. His easygoing, kind and caring ways always made us feel welcome to join what was sure to be a lively and entertaining conversation. We shared lots of laughs and many, many good times over the years. We will forever hold John deeply in our hearts. John's love for life will live on forever in his family and friends. - Posted by: The Sitka Family (Long time friends) on: Nov 02, 2021

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Sylvia and Family during this time of difficulty. John will surely be missed, John was a family friend and business acquaintance for more than 40 years, We have so many memories of John that we will hold on forever. RIP John. - Posted by: Kevin Mehling (Freind) on: Nov 02, 2021

  • The world will not be the same with the loss of John. Knowing John for many years he was always upbeat and positive no matter what the situation. He was the life of the party and brought smiles and laughs to everyone around him. On a professional note, John was one of the hardest workers and committed employees one could ask for and always had his customers (Friends) best interest in mind.... I know that John is in a better place and hope he is resting peacefully. - Posted by: Tom Dunlop (Friend/Colleague) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • So sorry for you and your family on the passing of John. Did John ever tell you the story of us bringing a dead skunk back to Nowood in the trunk of my 1953 Ford. Still can see John in the back seat with tears in his eyes. Hope you enjoy my memory of John. - Posted by: Warren Drake (Old friend ) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Sylvia and the rest of John's family. I would like to share a quote. John has not died, but gone away, to a better place, free of pain and suffering. We will see him again someday. Rest in Peace John. You are loved and will be missed. - Posted by: Patricia Homenick (Neighbor from Horace Street ) on: Oct 30, 2021

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