Hilliard Morris

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Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday May 7, 2021
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One good person can touch more hearts than we’ll ever know. It is with regret that the family announce the passing of Hilliard Admiral Morris on April 30, 2021 at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, peacefully at 1:40am.

Hilliard, affectionately known as Uncle Hill, was born May 23, 1927 and was the only son of the late Gordon Morris and Ida (Louisa) Travis-Morris. He was proceeded by his wife Jocqueline Morris (d. June 11, 1993), his dear sister Ruby Lucielle Morris-Griffith (d. June 6, 1967) and stepson Durand Garrell. He joins his deceased family in their eternal home, free from all pain and sorrow.

In addition to helping his dad farm he worked at Libby’s canning factory in Chatham. In 1944 he went to Toronto and began working as a porter on the Canadian National Railways and after 40 years of service he retired as a Sleeping Car Conductor. He was known to say that he never worked a day in his life because he always loved the work that he did. On his time off between runs he would train race horses on the Murray Drew farm which was a joy and relaxing as he loved the outdoors and grew up with a love for horses. He was a member of the North Buxton Community Church and served as Trustee for over 10 years. Prior to the church hiring a groundskeeper he would cut the grass to ensure it looked like his lawn, which everyone commented that it looked like a golf course. He was also a faithful member of St John’s Masonic Lodge No. 9 PH Chatham, Ontario for more than 60 years.

He leaves to mourn his loss, two sisters Cleata Morris of North Buxton and Ona Allen of Burlington, one niece Trenia Griffith-Williams (husband Mark Williams) of Wisconsin, three nephews Stacy Griffith (wife Terry Griffith) of Amherstburg, Paul Allen of Burlington and Curtis Griffith of Michigan, step daughter Ronda Wilkins, three great nieces Nicole Davis of Virginia, Ashley Griffith of Michigan and Michelle Waite (husband Valliere Waite) of Wisconsin, three great nephews Curtis Robert (wife Kristy French) of Windsor, Sidney Davis (wife Lisa Davis) of Windsor and Tijuan Green of Michigan. A host of great grand nieces, nephews, step grand children and many other relatives and friends.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28 KJV

In lieu of flowers, family and friends wishing to remember Hilliard are asked to consider a donation to the Buxton Museum, Buxton Next Generation or a charity of your choice.

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Deepest condolences to the family

Miss Cleata, and all the Morris family, my sincerest condolences. Mr. Morris has gone ahead to Glory! A long life, well lived. And from your friends at First Baptist Church Chatham, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our deepest sympathies to the family. My father George Carr was a good friend of Hilliard father. They worked together in the winter time. My wife Annette remember waiting on Mr Morris when she worked at the Bank in Merlin. A very nice family.

Cleata,, sincere sympathy to you on Hilliard’s passing. We first met when he was a porter on the CNR and I worked in the Chatham office in 1944. Our paths crossed again when you and he were clients of Tom Mitchell’s Law Office where I was secretary. He was a kind, humble gentleman, always with a smile. Treasure your memories and take care.

Our condolences to family of Hilliard Morris. Our community will miss him. Truly he did have a lawn that looked like a golf course!

Dear Cleata, The Liberty Hill Baptist Church Family was sadden to hear of the passing of your brother. Our prayers are with you and your entire family. May our Lord comfort you. We miss seeing you on Zoom! Sincerely, The Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cleveland, Ohio 44103 Rev. Michael L. Brown, Sr. Pastor

To Cleta, Ona and family My sincere condolences. I shall always remember Hill as a sincere, quiet and happy gentleman. Our days singing with The Goodwill choir at all the nursing homes and churches. I will especially remember singing in the Buxton parade as the “Cow Shed Rascals”, the Buxton song which he had heard on the railroad and brought back to Buxton, every Labour day weekend. We shall sing together again one day in God’s choir. Love, Jean Simmons and family

To our Morris/Griffith family: We send our condolences in the passing of cousin Hill. Steve, Mark and I have fond memories of family, food and fun in Hill's beautiful yard on Labour Day over the years. We wish we could be with you at this time, but please know you are in our hearts and prayers. Love you all, Maria, Steve and Mark

My deepest sympathy on the passing of Hilliard Morris. My late husband Robert Farquharson enjoyed time spent with Hill and singing with Hill in the Buxton Male Choir. Sincerely Evelyn Farquharson.

Sending my sympathy to Cleata and Ona. I have good memories of the Morris family and the Finlin family from years ago.

Hill was always like a father to me, he taught me well, his laugh was a one of a kind and I will always miss it the most thank you Hill for keeping me on the right path, I am glad I listen to you, it paid off!!

I am so sorry for your loss Cleta. I always enjoyed talking to Hill. He had great stories to tell

We are going to miss Hill! We always looked forward to seeing him. Such a kind, gentle, thoughtful, and wonderful person. We are praying for the peace and strength of Hill's immediate family, especially Cleata and Ona. May we all treasure his beautiful memory in our hearts always.

Dear Cleata, Ona, and family, You have my condolences in the passing of cousin Hilliard. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Trust in the Promises of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who said nothing can separate us from His Love and promised us a home in Heaven with Him Forever. Love, Wanda Claytor, Cleveland, Ohio

Dear Cleta and Ona so sorry for your loss, may god hold your hands and guide you through this difficult time. Scott, Maddi and Crystal

To Cleata and Ona our deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother Hilliard. Hilliard was a lucky man to have so many extended family members who will mourn his loss.

My sincere condolences to Hills family & friends.

On behalf of Dorothy Maris and the extended Maris family we wish to extend to Cleta, Ona and the other family members our sincerest condolences