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Born: May 29, 1927

Date of Passing: Dec 05, 2018

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THE HONOURABLE PETER SCOTT MORSE, BA, LLB, DCL, QC Peter Morse died peacefully on December 5, 2018. Peter was born in Winnipeg on May 29, 1927. He was predeceased by his first wife Marjorie Jane Bull whom he married in 1954 and who died in 1980. In 1983 he married Margaret Chown McDonald and acquired a second family of sons and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, David (France Morin), Stephen and Ruth (Ronald) Hermann; by Brian (Evelyn), Douglas (Sandra) and Peter McDonald; by grandchildren, Thomas (Virginie Begin), Lawrence (Vickie Sonier) and Catherine Morse; Ashley and Nicole Hermann; Jenna (Phil) Neuendorff; Lauren and Matthew McDonald; by great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Harper. Peter attended Ravenscourt School, the Royal Canadian Naval College, Royal Roads BC and the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and in 1952 with a Bachelor of Law Degree. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1946 after graduating from the Naval College with a First Class Certificate and retired from the Naval Reserve in 1962. Although he had been admitted to the Harvard School of Business in 1952, Peter decided to stay in Winnipeg and to practice law with the firm then known as Aikins, MacAulay and Thorvaldson. He became a senior partner of the firm, President and Life Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1964. He served as a director of the Canada Permanent Trust and Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporations. In 1975 he was appointed a Justice of the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench and retired from that position in 2002. Subsequently he acted as counsel to the law firm headed by David Hill. Peter also served as Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Rupert's Land and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Canon Law from St. John's College, University of Manitoba. A memorial service will be held at St. George's Crescentwood Anglican Church on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. which he attended all his life and where he serviced as a member of Parish Council and as Rector's Warden. Following the ceremony there will be a reception in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Peter S. Morse Fund, United Way of Winnipeg, 580 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1C7 or to St. George's Anglican Church Memorial Fund, 168 Wilton Street, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3C3. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 204-783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 08, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I had a rather interesting relationship with Justice Morse. My father was a partner at the old Aikins firm when Peter joined there. Although I never met him through that association, in 1983 I bought his 1974 Datsun 260Z from him, shortly after I completed my articles. I took him for a reluctant seller although I was a most motivated purchaser. Subsequently, I sold the car to Peter Kraemer who, oddly, had been a student to Justice Morse. So the car kept that odd connection. I appeared before him many times and could always see he always wanted to know how the car was doing, but never could quite find the opening during the proceedings to do so. The car, so far as I am aware, is still running. - Posted by: Tom Saunders (Professional colleague) on: Mar 22, 2019

  • À nos amis, Dave, France et à Catherine, Lawrence et Thomas. Nous avons connu plus Peter via vos yeux que par nos rencontres. Néanmoins il a laissé une forte impression. Au chalet, à Rawdon, il démontrait toujours beaucoup de curiosité pour les autres. Il abordait intéensémant la vie autant intellectuellement que physiquement. On se souvient de ses fameuses parties de volleyball où encore tout récemment de ses envolées sur la piste de dance avec Louise. C'était un homme droit, intense, vivant, curieux et stimulant. Peter était un homme exceptionnel et une partie de lui a laissé une trace en chacun de vous. Amitiés sincères. - Posted by: Georges et Louise (Friends) on: Dec 14, 2018

  • Doug, My deepest condolences to you and your family as you remember your father. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Rob - Posted by: Robert Olsen (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2018

  • Doug - I’m glad that Andrew shared the obituary with the board. Your step father was a man of enormous achievement and a recognized pillar of the Winnipeg community. His passing will be felt and remembered by his family and all he touched over a very lengthy life. Leon and I extend condolences to your mother and the rest of your family. Anita - Posted by: Anita Lapidus (Doug’s McMichael colleague ) on: Dec 10, 2018

  • So glad we had a visit with Peter and Margaret,not that long ago when we brought Harper over for lunch and a visit.Harper really took to Peter. We'll all miss him. - Posted by: chris and anita neuendorff (friend of family) on: Dec 10, 2018

  • Margaret, David, Stephen, Ruth and families, I was saddened to hear about Uncle Peter's passing. He was an integral part of many fond memories from our Lake Winnipeg summers with our cast of cousins. I still recall Moishe and Tom's ill-concealed glee as they ventured off in the Dodge Dart to retrieve Uncle Peter from his Rolls Royce, which had broken down en route from Winnipeg to the Point. The times we had together with our far-flung families each summer was truly priceless. With love to you all, Dorian - Posted by: Dorian Kachur (Niece) on: Dec 09, 2018

  • My parents were friends of the Peter and Margaret and thus I was introduced and came to know them, certainly more so in the last few years at various functions and at St George's church, which my mother attends. Peter was lovely and so kind, sitting in St George's church on Sunday mornings. Always a smile and good conversation. I will always remember him, his smile and kindness. Deepest sympathy to all his family. He will be missed greatly and by many. - Posted by: Sidney Macaw (friend) on: Dec 09, 2018

  • I met Peter in 1988. He was a gentleman who has always been punctual. He loved strong tea. He always offered me tea which I drank out of courtesy although it gave me headaches. During our weekly lessons. We discussed several subjects, current and historic, in French of course. He was well versed in history and geography. He told me that he was eager to learn the language not only because he may use it in Court but also because his grand-children and daughter in law spoke it and he wanted to be able to interact with them. Even after his retirement, we remained friends and we went together for lunches at the Prairie ink and Tre Vici a few times a year. I cherished these lunches because it gave me a chance to reconnect with a very interesting, knowledgeable man. He loved to eat spicy food. I also met Margaret and we had a couple of meals together. She is a very remarkable woman, active in many organizations: The Art Gallery and the University of Manitoba to name a couple. I offer my condolences to the family for their loss. I know I will miss my conversations with Peter. I am sorry for not being able to attend his Funeral. We will be out of town. Laila Chebib - Posted by: Laila Chebib (Friend) on: Dec 08, 2018

  • My condolences to Margaret and family. - Posted by: Valerie Alderson (Homcare nurse ) on: Dec 08, 2018

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