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D. MORRIS McGREGOR D. Morris McGregor entered into rest peacefully on Friday, July 25, 2003 at Central Park Lodge, Brandon, with family at his side. He was in his 81st year. He is survived by his wife Helen; children, Malcolm, Loree (Kevin) Rowan, Donald, Heather (Kelly) Mathison; four grandchildren, Chris and Andrew Rowan and Kelsey and Katlin Mathison. Also surviving is his sister Grace Anderson, his Aunt Bess Murray and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Dan and Mabel McGregor; his brother Milas; and sister-in-law Lois; brother-in-law Jack Anderson; and his nephew Darcy McGregor. Morris was born and raised in the Kenton area, attended Kenton School and Lenore Church. He joined the Navy and was stationed at Halifax and Esquimalt and later returned to Kenton and purchased the Chris Curry farm. He took various winter jobs (Kimberly Mines, mink ranching at Sheridan and BMHC). In 1954 he married Helen Large and they raised four children. Morris was always interested in local and world affairs. He was a member of Kenton Chamber of Commerce, the Masonic Lodge and the Legion. He became involved in politics, first by helping in campaigns. In 1962 he was elected as Conservative MLA for the Virden Constituency. He worked tirelessly for his constituents and won five elections, retiring in 1981. His motto was always "People before Party Politics", and often was referred to as a maverick. Morris and Helen retired to Brandon in 1982. He enjoyed his yard and garden, and doing volunteer work with the Shriners and Lions clubs. In January 2003 he received his 50 year pin from the Masonic Lodge. In the Shrine Car Patrol he delighted in driving his little car and entertaining the crowds. He and Helen spent several winters in Victoria, Arizona, and Texas before ill health prevented him from doing so. Morris spent the last year and a half at Central Park Lodge, where he received excellent care. A service of remembrance was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on July 29, with Arlene Robertson officiating. Dennis Brugger, longtime friend and confidant, gave the eulogy, nephew Scott Anderson was soloist, and grandson Chris Rowan was urnbearer. A time of fellowship was held at Central United Church, followed by private inurnment at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Columbarium. Morris will be remembered by many as one who indeed made a difference. If friends so desire, donations may be made in his memory, to the Manitoba Lung Association or to a charity of choice. Arrangements in care of: BROCKIE DONOVAN FUNERAL HOME Brandon, MB - (204) 727-0694
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 09, 2003
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