MORPHY, Donald George - Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the age of 83. Son of the late Dr. George and Lila (Mackie) Morphy. Beloved husband of Cathy Morphy. Loving father of Brad (Kimberly), Cheryl Payne (Todd) and Rod (Deb). Dear brother of Nelson Morphy (Janice) of London and John Morphy (Fran) of Oakville. Loving grandfather of Addison, Victoria and Michael. Uncle of Richard, Lianne, Lauren and Scott, and stepfather of Justin Pilgrim.
After attending The University of Western Ontario, Don spent his life in the corrugated paper box business, starting in 1956 at Canadian International Paper Co. in London. In 1965 he moved to Quigley Containers in Waterloo as plant manager. In 1970 he started his own company, Morphy Containers Ltd. in London with three people. The company employed approximately 130 people when it was sold in 2009.
Don was a member of the London West Rotary Club in the early 60’s. Later he was on the board of directors of the London Chamber of Commerce, London Junior Achievement and Museum London. He was quite involved with his industry trade association, The Association of Independent Corrugated Converters, (A.I.C.C) and served terms as president of the Canadian region and also the international group of 13 regions in 1984-85. He was inducted into the A.I.C.C. Canada Hall of Fame in 2010.
Don loved cars and was a member of the Porsche Club of America (Upper Canada Region). He participated in many Driver Education events at road tracks such as Mosport, Watkins Glen and Shannonville.
Special thanks to the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice.
The funeral service will be conducted at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond on Wednesday, November 28 at 12 noon, with visitation preceding from 11am-12 noon. Reception to follow. Interment Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. Joseph’s Hospice.
November 26, 2018, 9:20 am
MyDeepest Condolences to the Morphy family,my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I just wanted to say i remember Don a few years ago going through the plant with a few gentlemen. He stop by and said hi Dave how is your day going , i said fine. Then i told him that i appreciate all the things he had done for us. He just looked at me and grinned and said no,and said thankyou to me and walked away. That would have been the last time i seen Don, i will remember him as a humble soft spoken man with a grin who always remember who you are as person. Great Leader wonderful boss truly be missed thats the character of the person i had the pleasure to know
November 26, 2018, 8:14 pm
i am fully retired and living in riverbend london
my wife and i no longer golf,but we count our blessings and live day to day
robert jim rundle and family
November 27, 2018, 12:30 pm
sorry to here of dons passing our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time as a young boy in woodham grew up with don nelson and john living across the road from us god bless u all.
November 27, 2018, 9:22 pm
I worked for Don in the 1970s. There was no one, during my time as employee who was ever a better , kinder more caring boss than Don. He treated you more as friend than a worker. I remember him coming out to the lunch room eating with us. I have been self-employed for over 35 years and try to model his caring ways in my company too. He will surely be missed. Bill Fehr
Ken Mandy Alycia Sean Coll
November 28, 2018, 10:52 am
Our Prayers today are with Rod and Family Rest In Peace Don, May God Bless You.
November 28, 2018, 2:35 pm
Rod, sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Sending healing prayers and loving hugs. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. Our thoughts are with you. Such a wonderful man. May he rest peacefully. J.Forrest
Don and Heather Benner
November 28, 2018, 4:13 pm
Dear Morphy Family…We were sorry to read about the passing of Don…My mother in law …Norma Benner… worked for Don many years ago and had the utmost respect and admiration for him as a person and a boss. Norma passed away over 10 years ago but she prided herself on a “strong work ethic and attention to detail” so I can imagine she is discussing the good old days at Morphy Container with Don…Thinking of your family with sympathy and respect…Don and Heather Benner
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