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Born: Feb 15, 1931
Date of Passing: Jul 18, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
February 15, 1931 - July 18, 2021
Morris is survived by his children, Cindy Ponton and son-in-law and Brian #1 (Lenton), Sharon Ponton-Ezako and son-in-law and Bryan #2 (Ezako), son-in-law Joe Pereira and partner Edith Kovacs. Grandchildren who were the light of his life, Troy Pereira, Tory Pereira, Sam Pereira, and Daniel Pereira. He was predeceased by his father George, his mother Margaret, his brother Morley and Phyllis, his wife of 62 years.
Morris was born in Wabigoon, Ontario and started his life in a small cabin in the woods. The family eventually made the big move to Winnipeg. Morris loved education, and learning, but unfortunately had to leave school to start working early. Before settling into his career, he joined the army and was a decorated veteran of the Korean War. Something he spoke of often in his later years. Morris found a way to laugh his way through life and the war was no exception. He found humour in everything, and his advice has always been, not to take life too seriously.
Returning from the war, Morris embarked on his career at the Winnipeg Hydro, where he started on the pole gang, and ended up as supervisor of stores. The tales from his days of the hydro are filled with much humour and much laughter.
Morris retired after 42 years with the Hydro and moved out to his little piece of paradise in Anola, Manitoba. He spent many years on this acreage which was his pride and joy.
Morris did return to Winnipeg with his wife for the last little bit of this journey but missed being out in the country.
To those who knew our Dad, you knew what a large presence he was. He brought laughter with him everywhere and was a loving and generous man. We learned early that there was always room at the table for more, and that people and the "occasional" party were some of life's greatest joys.
He was also a man of music, and it was part of his heart and soul. He was an incredible dancer, and to watch him do the jive was a joy to behold.
And if you were fortunate enough to know our Dad you would also know that his love for animals, and especially dogs took precedence over some human beings. (Yes, seriously.)
Above all, Morris was a man who put his family above everything else. Us, his daughters have known a love so strong, that even death will not break this bond. His grandchildren have benefited from his ability to love them above and beyond all else. He was and is immensely proud of all of them.
His enormous presence will be missed.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I worked with Moe at Winnipeg Hydro and he was the BEST BOSS I ever had. Great pleasure to work with him. Condolences to family. Larry and Patsy - Posted by: Larry (Employee ) on: Jul 26, 2021
I first met Moe at Winnipeg Hydro at 1315 Notre Dame Ave. We became work friends when he eventually became my Supervisor in Stores dept. I became a Clerk B and worked closely with him daily. He was truly a mountain of a man. He was respectful, intelligent, funny, and everything else that made him great. When I brought my 1974 Harley Davidson police special motorcycle to work one day, he and I really connected about motorcycles, and he wanted me to become a Shriner and join the "Motorcycle Division". We had many laughs together through the years at Winnipeg Hydro until we were sold out. Rest in Peace Moe. - Posted by: Allan Kropelnicki (Winnipeg Hydro Supervisor/friend.) on: Jul 25, 2021
Our sincere sympathy goes out to all Morris' family. My folks, Ed and Elsa Wilson lived just down the street on Lorette and spent many an evening with Morris and Phyllis around the kitchen table on a Saturday night. The house was always filled with music and laughter and those get togethers left many happy memories. Morris was larger than life and will be missed. Sincerely, Donna & Allan Rosentreter - Posted by: Donna & Allan Rosentreter (Friends of Family) on: Jul 25, 2021
My condolences on your loss. Moe was a special person and will be missed by anyone that met him. Kind, funny, generous; a legend of a man. I am grateful for having the gift of knowing Moe...so many fond memories of him. Moe will be missed by so many, including all his fur-babies. Glen Harder - Posted by: Glen Harder (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021
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