June 25, 1946 - September 8, 2019
MORGAN JAMES SMITH
Morgan was born and raised in Norman’s Cove, Newfoundland. He left home at the age of 16 to move to Toronto, Ontario then later found himself in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he lived for most of his life. Despite having lived away from Newfoundland for so long, the salt water still ran thick through his veins.
Morgan was a kind, compassionate and loving person. He was a born storyteller who never missed an opportunity to tell a joke. Most of his jokes were “Newfie Jokes” and almost all of them would make anyone groan. It did not matter how many times he told the same joke, he had a way of telling it, that made it different every time. At the punch line he would always have a twinkle in his eye, revealing his joy for making people laugh.
Morgan’s wit was only one of many good features. He was also a very generous person, whose home was always open to family and friends. The house was often a place to stop by for a beer, a meal, a party and for many a weary traveller: a bed. Several family members moved to the prairies because of Morgan, and often his nieces and nephews would find a temporary home with him and his wife, Terri. They also housed many International Students over the years, some of which are still in contact.
When anyone talks about Morgan, they almost always mention his immaculate mustache. He took great pride in grooming that handlebar stache that he only ever shaved off once. He was with family in Newfoundland and walked down the stairs with half of it shaved off, just to see everyone’s faces- his mother yelled at him to put it back on. Once it grew back, he never shaved it again.
Morgan loved drawing, fishing and travelling. He spent many years travelling in China and toured much of Asia. In the early 90’s he lived with Terri and their two daughters, Melanie and Rachel, in Taichung, Taiwan. For three years the family made Taiwan their home, and even years later they still carried on little traditions they picked up while living overseas. One tradition was the celebration of Chinese New Year: where Morgan and Terri would throw a party, serving everyone drinks and homemade Chinese food. Many friends still talk about those parties.
Morgan came from a large family. He had even more friends. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. When his grandchildren, Brenna and Brody, were born he was over the moon. He held so much pride for Darrin and his family. The passing of his daughter, Melanie was especially difficult for him but he cherished the memory of her. He often boasted about his youngest, Rachel’s, accomplishments and truly believed that one day she would be famous.
The final few years of his life saw the unfortunate progression of Lewy Body Dementia. The last five years proved to be the most challenging and for the past two and half years he resided at Beacon Hill Lodge. Although his disease was difficult on everyone, the family could not have asked for better care. They are forever grateful to the exceptional care he received while residing at Beacon Hill.
Morgan is survived by his wife of 43 years Terri (Theresa Osachuk); children: Darrin (Rachelle), Rachel (Matthew); grandchildren: Brenna, Brody; siblings: Sylvia (Hayward), Lillian (Alfred), Mavis (Bernard), George (Sandra), Stanley (Sandra), Darlene (Bill), Nancy (Bill), Darren (Marlene); as well as numerous family and friends.
Morgan was predeceased by his parents Robert and Rebecca, his sister Beulah, and his daughter Melanie.
Morgan will be forever remembered for his fun loving personality and for the caring man that he was. His life was full of adventures, of shared moments, of joyous laughter and of loving family. Although he is no longer with us, the memory of him will never fade.
Please join his family for a celebration of Morgan’s life to be held at 2:00pm on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg (603 Wellington Crescent). In lieu of flowers donations in his honour may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba.
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