Ronald Morphew

Morphew- Peacefully at C.E.E. Hospital in Petrolia with his family by his side. Ronald William Morphew age 89 years and 9 months passed away on June 10, 2023.  Loving husband for 42 years of Susan Elizabeth (nee Brown) of Courtright.  Proud father of Scott Donald (Aimee Murray) of London and Anne Marie Elizabeth (Arjun Punthambekar) of Toronto.  Ron is survived by his brother, Gary Alfred (Sharon) Morphew and their children Debora, Cory, and Christa (Wayne Newman).  Also surviving are aunts Myrna Smith of Petrolia and Shirley McDonald of Grand Blanc MI. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He will be remembered by his brothers- and sisters-in-law Dianne (late Mike 2022) Brown, Pat Brown, Alice Stoner and Rob (Janice) Brown and their children and grandchildren. Ron was predeceased by parents William and Irene (McDonald) Morphew and twin brother Donald John Morphew (1933). After graduating from the Commercial Program at S.C.I.&T.S., Ron worked at Dow Chemical in Sarnia for 18 years.  In 1969 with the creation of county-wide school boards and increased demand for teachers of business and technical subjects, Ron changed careers and accepted a job at Central Collegiate teaching typing and office practice. For the next decade through evening and summer courses he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.  After 25 years of teaching, in 1994, Ron retired as the Computer Head at St. Clair S.S.  He always took pride in his students’ accomplishments and was always happy to encounter his students on the street or at their place of employment.  “The most useful course I took in high school was typing, Sir”.  That was music to his ears. Also music to his ears was the sound of the Sertomanaires Drum Corps.  During his years as band Treasurer he traveled to many parades and competitions and made many friends.  In later years he enjoyed the reunions organized for the many young men who were part of the band in the 1960’s. In later years he also served as Treasurer of the Carruthers Foundation and, as a survivor, he volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society Peer Support Program. The family enjoyed travel whether it was March Break on a beach or a bus trip through Europe.  In retirement Ron and Susan travelled extensively, often with Gary and Sharon.  European rivers cruises were favoured but other cruises to Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii and Greece were great fun. Thank you to all who supported Ron in these last nine months.  Friends and family, your calls and prayers were comforting and appreciated.  To the medical professionals – doctors, nurses, PSW’s — at C.E.E. Hospital and Continuing Care, Care Partners in our home, Bluewater Health Rehab and our very short stay at Lambton Meadowview Villa – thank you for using your skills with competence and compassion. Special thanks to Dr. E. Daniel for his care of Ron over the years. Friends will be received at the Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 5-8 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 5:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Corunna with Rev. G. Simard celebrating.  Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Canadian Cancer Society or St. Joseph (Corunna) Kitchen Fund or a charity of your choice. Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845

Visitation Information

Tuesday June 13, 2023 from 5-8 p.m.


St. Joseph's Church Kitchen Fund Canadian Cancer Society Charity of One's Choice

Funeral Date

Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Wednesday June 14, 2023

31 thoughts on “Ronald Morphew”

  1. Susan and family:
    I am very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. May God provide you with the peace that transcends all human understanding, as you travel your grief journey.

  2. Lori -Frank Peters

    So Sorry to hear about Ron .He was a very kind and caring man .Cherish your precious memories.BigHugs

  3. Marilyn and Lorne Garrett

    Our condolences to you Sue-and your family.
    I ( Marilyn ) have fond memories of teaching at Central with Ron – He was highly respected and fun too- On a yearly carnival day he became a “fortune teller “ which both students and staff loved.
    We ( Lorne and Marilyn )enjoyed socializing with the two of you.

  4. It has been a rough 9 months but Ron is now at peace. I know you have many wonderful memories and great friends to help you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Susan and family.

  5. Donna MacDonald

    Carol, John, and Donna are so very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He truly was one of a kind and will be missed by all that knew him. We are unable to be with the family for the service but will be there in spirit. Sending love and condolences to the family.

  6. My sincerest condolences Susan, Scott, and Ann Marie .
    My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    1. Marg Bell. London ont.

      My condolences to the Morphew families. I also had Mr. Morphew for a teacher, back in the 70,s. His picture is exactly how I remember him. What an awesome teacher.

  7. Marcel Paiement

    Susan,Scott and AnnMarie,please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Ron.Many memories come to mind,from poker games and fishing trips to the north with Randy Williams.Also,of course,as your dentist for so many years,Ron was a good guy who deeply loved his wife and kids,your memories will be happy ones.God bles…Marcel Paiement

  8. Robert Breakey

    My deepest sympathy to Ron’s family on his passing. I was childhood friend on Bright St, Sarnia On Robert BREAKEY

  9. Dear Susan and Family. My deepest condolences to all of you on the passing of Ron. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.

  10. To the Morphew family,
    So sorry to read about Ron’s passing. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. May pleasant memories eventually bring you peace.

  11. Rigby Callander

    I went to high school with and spent 18 years working with Ron. Condolences to his wife and family.

  12. Janice Coughlin

    Susan, I know you will miss Ron, and reflect often on the memories of many happy family times, and also the amazing travels you enjoyed during your 42 years of marriage. God bless …..Janice

  13. Marilyn Taylor

    I was one of Mr. Morphew’s students at Central.
    He was one of my favourite teachers.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Marilyn Taylor

  14. Susan and family: I’m sorry to read of Ron’s passing. It was always a joy of talking to Ron in his serious and humorous discussions especially his fortune telling stories involving his typing and business students. On reading the obits again, I got thinking of the characture coffee mugs that Jen and I had given to both of you as a wedding gift some 42 years ago.
    My condolences are with you and your family at this time.

  15. Marianne Terpstra

    Dear Susan, so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a good man. Our son Collin was the recipient of the Carruthers Award many years ago while studying to be a doctor. He is now an allergist and thanks the foundation and Ron for their generosity. My condolences to you and your family. May God give you the strength to move forward without your loving partner.

  16. I had Mr. Morphew for my Law teacher at good old Central high school. He was a great teacher, great with the students , and I remember it being a very enjoyable class.
    Condolences to the family

  17. Penny and Wayne Willan

    Penny and I extend our deepest condolences to the Morphew family
    Ron was a good friend and member of our little group.

  18. Jan Carruthers

    Sending love and sympathy to Susan, Gary and Sharon. Wish I had known of Ron’s passing. Cousin Janice

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