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MICHAEL RAY MORTON (MIKE)
Born: Jun 18, 1952
Date of Passing: May 20, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
MICHAEL RAY MORTON
June 18, 1952 - May 20, 2020
Mike was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and immigrated to Canada with his mother at the age of 17. He worked many jobs in his younger years, including on the barges along the Mississippi River. In his 30s, while working for Canada Post, he impulsively quit his job and enrolled in his first course at the University of Winnipeg. Mike completed his degree in Justice and Law Enforcement and went on to many satisfying and rewarding years of employment with Opportunities for Independence, Macdonald Youth Services and later, Occupational Rehabilitation Group of Canada. He was the recipient of the 2014 Ian Logan Memorial Award in recognition of his years of dedicated service.
Mike was predeceased by his mother Roi, father Merell, brother Rick and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States.
At Mike's request, there will be no service and his ashes will be scattered in the Mississippi River and at the family plot in Summersville, Missouri at a later date.
Thank you to the Paramedics involved for their compassion and sensitivity, and thank you to the doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Emergency Department for going above and beyond to ensure he was comfortable and not alone.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Mike's memory are appreciated.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 23, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
My deepest condolences to the family. Myself, I worked with Mike for many years and always admired his energy, laughter and sure-fire spirit when it came to his finding solutions to the near impossible. Knowing now his history is the deep south... I am sure that shaped much of his character and resilience. He will be missed. - Posted by: Ken Pauls (Colleague) on: May 26, 2020
Mike was just a nice guy. I always enjoyed the time we spent together, even if it was only for a game of golf or a Bombers game. I learned a lot from him in a limited time. I always looked forward to seeing him as I knew there would always be a lot of laughs. I'm sure everyone who got to meet Mike, was enriched in some way. C,S,J, and A. - Posted by: Colin Fick (Nephew) on: May 25, 2020
I believe Mike arrived in Manitoba earlier and for a period of time attended St. John’s High, before having to leave in order to support himself. Much later he also received a Master’s Degree while working full time at MYS. He was a man who always spoke his mind! Sometimes that was good and sometimes not appreciated by those above him! He was prepared to tell you what he saw to be the truth no matter what. Working with high risk youth for years there was just something about him that gave them - many for the first time - a sense of safety. And they loved him and followed him around the house like puppies. He played baseball with them and field hockey with them. He made many a Christmas dinner for them. He had a beautiful singing voice which he didn’t share often although Mikaela can share stories with you of being in the car with him as he belted out, with perfect pitch, Feel Like a Woman. She is the recipient of many hams that he would purchase for her because that is how he said he cared. He is in our hearts and memories for ever. He lived many years in constant pain with little complaint. He kept on going against all odds. He was the opposite of a quitter. Many people received great gifts from him And I was one of them. May you Rest In Peace Mike knowing you did your best to make it a better world - and you succeeded. - Posted by: Melanie Wight (Friend) on: May 23, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Heather and her family. - Posted by: Allison Chiponski (Friend) on: May 23, 2020
Sweet dreams Mike. Catch you on the other side. Doug - Posted by: Doug Major (Friend) on: May 23, 2020
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