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Date of Passing: Apr 23, 2021

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Our hearts are broken as we share the sudden passing of Morley James Tichborne on April 23, 2021.
Morley was born in Cloverdale, Manitoba on the first day of summer in 1958 and he has brought the sunshine and warmth with him ever since. He was generous with all his gifts; his time, his emotional depth, and taking care of the physical needs of others with care and compassion.
Our father was loving, doting and giving to a fault. He'd whip up the comforting meals, talk about the serious and hilarious, go to concerts with us or just fix our cars. He'd find a song to sing for every situation. Time slowed right down with him. He was the "best grandpa ever": patient, playful and happy to live in the moment with his grandkids. Our brother Morley was there to help us when we needed him, to help renovate, counsel or make curry. Uncle Morley was our Go-To guy, our favourite, our soft place to land. In the end, he used his last days to help others mend, to care for family and to be present for those he cared about. He was our Good ol' friend Morley who listened and supported, shared his love of music, adventures, stereos, camping, and the outdoors. He was someone you could talk to about it all. He was our tender-hearted handyman.
As a case worker for CFS, the size of his heart stretched far and wide, reaching so many young people who really just needed a kind, generous soul like him. His ability to care and act was above and beyond. Our Morley knew that his super skill was connecting with people and he made genuine friends wherever he went. Morley reminds us to take the time, hold the space, be easy, be soft, be genuine, and keep the music loud.
Our dad knew that life was messy and raw, balanced in equal measure with laughter and joy. Although our many hearts are broken right now, maybe in time we will feel instead cracked open, in a way that can allow all the love he's given us to shine through.
We love you. We're so proud of how you overcame the tough times in your life, all while making ours better.

"Take hold of me, blessed powers that be, love will keep us together." Martin Sexton

A virtual Celebration of Life will take place in the morning of Saturday, May 8, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to VOICES: Manitoba's Youth in Care Network or WE24.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Morley's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 01, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • From the first moment Morley's calm voice sounded on the other end of the phone it was immediately apparent I would be enjoying a collegial relationship with this gentle soul. And then a few years later, got to know him more personally as neighbour to his daughter Melissa and grandpa to Yannik and Violet. His handsome smile made more perfect by his beautiful spirit. Pearl and I send our deepest condolences, and we grieve with you. - Posted by: Erwin & Pearl (Former Colleagues to Morley and Neighbour to Melissa) on: May 06, 2021

  • Morley had a laugh that was contagious. Loved up my daughter during rough times, even though he had his own...his absence will leave sad hearts. My love to you, Melissa, Maureen, Sarah and Susan and grandkids. Love, Aunty Lynda - Posted by: Lynda (Sisterinlaw) on: May 05, 2021

  • Morley was born a good guy! Even as a young person, he was just good. Oh, but he loved to tease his sisters and more than once got into a little trouble over that! He never held a grudge, that I knew of.....that's a gift! He was one of those people who helped others out of concern and love. Never wanting money or power or recognition. "There are some who bring a light to the world so great that even after they are gone, the light remains: Rest in Peace our dear brother, until we meet again. - Posted by: Linda Cinq-Mars (Sister) on: May 01, 2021

  • Morley was a gem of a human....his kindness, intelligence and warmth always shone through. I am heart broken at his sudden passing. He was so generous in more ways than one. I have many fond memories of him, especially listening to great music at WFF. He will be missed tremendously. May his family find healing and peace at this time. Love from Joelle, Andy, Jacob & Hudson - Posted by: Joelle (Friend to Melissa) on: May 01, 2021

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