James "Gil" Morrison LCdr (Retd)
Born: 24 August 1936
Died: 28 May 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gil at the age of 83. Gil passed away peacefully Thursday morning at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton. He was born August 24th, 1936 in Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island.
Gil joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an Officer Cadet at HMCS Venture in 1954 graduating as a Midshipman in 1956. Upon completion of the Lieutenant’s Qualifying courses in 1957, he served in HMC Ships Resolute and Ottawa. He was promoted Sub-Lieutenant in 1958 and served as Navigating Office and then Gunnery Officer of HMCS Ottawa. He served as TAS (Torpedo, Anti-submarine) officer in HMCS Cayuga from 1959 to 1961, during which time he was promoted to Lieutenant. In 1961 he was selected for specialist training following which he served two years as Weapons Officer in HMCS Crescent, equipped with the first operational Variable Depth Sonar system. He later served on the staff of the Commander Operational Evaluation Organization in Halifax. In 1967 he became Squadron Weapons Officer with the 1st Canadian Escort Squadron serving in HMC Ships Saguenay, Nipigon and Kootenay followed by two years exchange duty with the Royal Navy’s Operational Evaluation Group in Northern Ireland and England. In 1971 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander and appointed Executive Officer of HMCS Yukon where he served until 1973. He attended Canadian Forces Staff College, Toronto from 1973 to 1974 and on completion joined the staff of Senior Staff Officer Training Maritime Command Headquarters in Halifax. From 1976-1978 he was on the directing staff of the CF Staff School, Toronto. In 1978 he took command of HMCS Cormorant. His last posting with the Canadian Armed Forces was CFB Cornwallis from which he retired.
Gil was predeceased by his loving wife Ruth Morrison (Cross) of 52 years, both his parents Angus and Violet Morrison, and Violet’s second husband, Herb Miller.
Gil will be remembered by his brothers, Cliff (Julie) Morrison, Amherstburg, Ontario, Rod (Joyce) Morrison, Amherstview, Ontario and sister, Sharon Hignite (Glenn), Auburn, Michigan. He will be remembered by his four children, Christine (David) Chute, Bridgetown, Ian Morrison, Port Mody, British Columbia, Leah Morrison, Clarence, Gregory (Sherry) Morrison, Bridgetown.
Papa (as he was called) will be remembered by Grandchildren, Ryan (Nicole) Werner, Dartmouth, Lindsay (Rob) Clark, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Travis (Maggie) Werner, Bridgetown, Jason (Terri) Morrison, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Corey (Gillian) Morrison, Mount Hanley, Michael Morrison, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Katie Chute, Bridgetown, Kyle (Morgan) Chute, Clarence; Great-Grandchildren, Owen, Maggie, Lucas, Gemma, Rhys, Landon, Myah, Jack, and Baby Chute arriving in July. He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews.
Gil will be missed by his good friend Evelyn and her family.
We would like to thank Dr. Grant Goodine, Dr. LaPierre and his staff at the primary care clinic.
Gil was very proud of the volunteer work he did with Heart and Stroke Foundation. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation. Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place in Hampton Cemetery at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home 398 Main St., Middleton, N.S.