Morley Robert Aitken
August 29, 2021
AITKEN, Morley Robert – Peacefully at Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest on Sunday, August 29, 2021 in his 73rd year. Beloved husband for 52 years to Bonnie Aitken (née Harris). Loving father of Dan Aitken and his wife Nancy Metcalf of Hayden, Derek Aitken of Mount Forest and Bob Aitken and his wife Melissa Motsch of Holstein. Loving Papa of Rylan, Charlie and Emmett. Dear brother of Muriel Fettes and her husband Bob of Port Dover and brother-in-law of Ken Harris of Markham. He will be sadly missed by his aunts, uncle, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Morley is predeceased by his parents Walter and Olive Aitken, his brother Morris Aitken and his sister Marlene Aitken.
Morley, along with his father and his partner Don Lantz ran a successful dairy operation for more than 25 years. Aitkenbrae Farms was synonymous with good pedigreed, fancy dairy cattle leading to two Master Breeder Awards. Dairymen from around the world were familiar with the name Aitkenbrae, as many of their cattle went on to achieve national acclaim. Morley retired in 2003, but his cottage and golf buddies filled in his time. Morley loved hunting deer and coyotes and he cherished his time spent with his hunt club buddies. He was an avid sportsman, with baseball and hockey being his two great loves. There was nothing better than pitching a knuckle ball to his favorite catcher or a good scrap on the ice. Followed by a cold refreshment after with the same person to iron out who really ended up on top. Morley was a guy who liked to speak his mind, he was first and foremost fair and honest, both in and out of business. He liked nothing better than a good argument or stirring up mischief.
Morley had challenges over the last few years, but the storm the night he passed confirmed he had made it to his buddies that went before him, and it’s all good now! We will miss him greatly.
A Celebration of Morley’s Life will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Pavilion in the Holstein Jubilee Park, Holstein. This is a come and go event. You do not need to schedule an appointment to attend the Celebration of Life but please know you may be required to wait outside for a period of time if capacity numbers are reached inside the pavilion. Masks are mandatory and Covid protocols are in place. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Morley are asked to consider the Cancer Patient Services, Alzheimer Society of Ontario or the Parkinson’s Society. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.
Dear Bonnie and Family
Sid and I were so saddened to hear of Morley ‘s passing .Life has been difficult and challenging for you both .Although his death is sad his suffering is done .He will be missed
Sid and Donna
My heart felt condolences to the Aitken family. Bonnie stay strong my prayers are with you and your family— Lori Roefs, September 12, 2021
Bonnie & Family
Sorry for your loss Sending prayers to the family
Bonnie I’m so sorry to hear of Morley’s passing.
Sending my condolences to you and your family.
Bonnie & Family. We were so sorry to read of Morley's passing. Know our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you during this sad & difficult time.
Earl & Marie Randall
Dear Bonnie and family,
My sincere condolences.
bonnie,dan ,bob and derek
sincere condolences on the loss of morley
So sorry for your loss. Keep his memories close to your heart.
Very sorry to hear of Morley's passing . He will be greatly missed .
Our sympathy to you Bonnie and all your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John and Peggy Barnard
Bonnie and family we are very sorry to learn of Morley's passing. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May he rest peacefully.— Bob and Sylvia Hunter, September 5, 2021
Dear Bonnie and Family
Rowland and I wish to convey our sympathy to you on the passing of Morley. Your Family, Friends and beautiful memories will always be with you.
Prayers and blessings from Marlyn and Rowland Howard
Too young!!!! Remember…’Memories are like gold, they don’t tarnish or grow old’. He was the best cottage neighbor! Certainly enjoyed Baileys with him!!!! Our condolences to Bonnie and the boys.— Terry and Myrna Moore, September 5, 2021
Bonnie and family, please accept my condolences on the loss of your Husband, Father, and Grandfather.
Bonnie and family, we are sending our sincerest condolences to you during this sad time. Morley was a good person. The way that he demonstrated his values of his family,friends and community spoke volumes of the man that he was.
May he rest in peace! We hope that your fond memories of him and prayers from those around you will give strength and comfort.
Joe and Sharon Fernandez and families
Bonnie. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Take care!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bonnie and your families. Morley was a great guy and he will be missed in the community— Doug & Donna Darroch, September 4, 2021
Warm hugs for you Bonnie from Nova Scotia.— Elizabeth Myers, September 4, 2021
Bonnie and family, Morley was a great competitor and battler in life and all that he was involved with. We will miss him!! Our depest condolences to you all. Love and Prayers Garn & Barb.— Garnet Troyer, September 4, 2021
My condolences Bonnie and all your family
Morley was such a nice guy. May he RIP
Thinking of the Aitken family. Morley was a great man, neighbour and friend to many. I have so many fond memories of this family from my childhood.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss,Bonnie and family.You are in our prayers— Mitch Marchant, September 3, 2021
Bonnie, Danny, Derek, Bobby and families. So sad to hear of Morley's passing. Always enjoyed our chats about cattle and hunting, cherish your memories.
Dawn (Martin) Ferris
Sorry to hear about this loss for Bonnie and her family.— Hugh Perrin, September 3, 2021
We want to express our sincere sympathy to you Bonnie and to your family.
You will be missed at the cottage!
Cherish all your good memories and know that we care and are thinking of you!!
Derek and Family.
Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time. May God bless you with comfort and strength.
To the Aitken family………our deepest condolences to each of you during this difficult time with the lost of your husband, father (in-law) and grandfather. Hold onto all the good times and memories . Morley was a great neighbour and community friend and we will miss him, as we know the last few years we’re challenging for him. Ed & Ruth Scott— Ed & Ruth Scott, September 2, 2021
Sorry to hear about Morley. Sorry for your loss.
Bonnie, Danny, Derek, Bobby & families. Very sorry to hear of Morley passing. My thoughts and condolences to all of you. May he rest in peace.— Bart Penwarden, September 2, 2021
Bonnie, Dan, Derek, Bobby, and families, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are sending you prayers and love as you remember a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. May your cherished memories of Morley bring you comfort and strength at this sad and difficult time. He will be greatly missed. XO— Shannon (Adams) Mercer & family, September 2, 2021
Our sincere condolences to Bonnie, Dan, Derek, Bob & families on the passing of Morley...he will be missed by many...we considered him a true friend. We will cherish the many wonderful memories that we shared over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.— Brian & Marilynne Adams, September 2, 2021
Bonnie and Family: our thoughts and prayers are with all your family at this sad time. Morley will be missed. Sincere condolences. Wayne and Sandra— Wayne and Sandra Lytle, September 2, 2021
So sad to hear of Morley’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences, Bonnie & your family, for your loss. Always think of him and the rest of Holstein’s hockey & baseball teams, when reminiscing of the very GOOD times.— Ross & Bonnie love, September 2, 2021
Bonnie and family we are sorry for your loss. Morley was a great friend . Treasure your memories.— Dennis and Denise Fischer, September 2, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you Bonnie and your entire families. Cherish the memories— Karen Switzer, September 2, 2021
My deepest condolences to Morley’s family. You have experienced some challenging times and more to come with your loss. Time does lessen the grief and friends are always there for you. In future, good memories will brighten your days.— Jeannette Jamieson, September 2, 2021
Bonnie and family. My thoughts and prayers for you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories of him. He was a great friend.— Arnold Small, September 2, 2021
Bonnie and family.
As you remember the love, as you mourn the loss, may you also celebrate the life. May the healing hands of time and the timeless love of God carry you gently through the coming days.
Donna Calder Clark
Bonnie & family we are sorry to hear of Morley's passing . Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Morley was an amazing husband,father,grandfather and friend . He was always up for a great practical joke giving it or receiving it . Take your great memories and share them with each other. Wendy (MacEachern) & Carl Abbott— Carl & Wendy Abbott, September 2, 2021
Morley was friendly and made you feel instantly welcome with his easy mannerism and wonderful smile. Opal & Don (my Parents) loved the time they spent socializing & playing cards with Morley & Bonnie in Arthur as well as at Aunt Elsie & Uncle Alvin's in Mount Forest. Sending along heartfelt condolences. Steve and Susan.— Steve & Susan O'Neill, September 1, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to you Bonnie and all your families. May God be with you and comfort you at this sad time .— David and Gwenda Andrews, September 1, 2021
Makes my heart sad to hear this loss. Condolences to the Aitken family. Bonnie sending you a special hug. Please reach out if you need anything. ❤️— Leanne schumacher (Morrison), September 1, 2021
Bonnie and family, Our sincerest condolences on Morley's passing.
Lynne & Paul
Bonnie….our deepest sympathy & heartfelt condolences to you & your family during this sad & difficult time. He will live on in your memories of a great husband, dad & Grandpa.— Norm & Janet Freiburger, September 1, 2021
Bonnie, sincere condolences to you and your family and to Morley’s entire family at this sad time. Morley was a good man and he is now at peace. May your many memories give comfort to everyone. Rick and Kathy— Rick and Kathy Lemaich, September 1, 2021
Moving to Holstein in 2004, we were lucky enough to have Bonnie and Morley as our wonderful neighbours. Morley holds a special place in our hearts. He was a kind and gentle man, someone we enjoyed spending time with. Our family has you in our thoughts at this difficult time. xo— Trish and Grant Meredith, September 1, 2021
Sending our condolences to Bonnie and all the family at this sad time. Your in our thoughts and prayers.— Gord & Sheena Becker, September 1, 2021
My deepest sympathy to family and friends of Morley. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.— Marie Watson, September 1, 2021
Dear Bonnie and Family. I remember when you guys started to date and then at your wedding….good memories….hold tight to them. Sure will be in our prayers tonight hugs bill & judy— Bill & Judy Gerber, September 1, 2021
Our most sincere sympathy, Bonnie to you and your family. After 52 years you have many memories to cherish and hold dear in your heart.— Bertha and Bruce Moore, September 1, 2021