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Aubrey Morris

Aubrey Morris

December 17, 2014

Aubrey Morris
3 August 1926– 17 December 2014

Sadly passed away at Saugeen Valley Nursing Home, Mount Forest, Ontario, following a number of years suffering from the degenerative disease Parkinson 's...

1926 Born on 3rd August, 1926 eldest son to Joseph and Audrey (nee Mold) in Devonport, Plymouth, Dorset.
Brothers Raymond and Neil

1929-1937 Educated at Plymouth elementary schools (from aged 2+ years on initiative of a maternal great-aunt teacher)

1937-1939 Scholarship pupil at High School for Boys, Plymouth

1939 Family relocated to Weymouth at onset of WW II

1940 Dorset County Council refused to honour Plymouth scholarship - received personal tuition at Wyke Regis elementary school

1940-1942 Further educated at Weymouth Technical College in mechanical engineering discipline

1942 Qualified for RN Artificer but failed medical due to eyesight; offered dockyard apprenticeship

1942-1947 Indentured fitter & turner apprentice at HM Torpedo Depot, Bincleaves, Portland Harbour.
[WWII Royal Observer Corps volunteer 1943-1945 as plane spotter]

1948-1950 Variously fitter & turner at HM Dockyards, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Chatham while studying at Plymouth, Portsmouth and Regent Street Polytechnics

1950-1953 Employed as Assistant Scientific Officer at Admiralty Metallurgical Research Establishment, Holton Heath, Nr Wareham whilst studying at Bournemouth attending night school 3 times a week at The British School of Management, Bournemouth (homework completed on the to/from train journeys!). Awarded a Fellowship of the Institution

1954 Headhunted by Cdr Perrow for Bristol Engineering, Weymouth

If travel was not by train, it would be on his bike - a passion shared not only with fellow apprentices and friends Eddie Pease, Walter Carline, Ron Berry, Den Pavey but with Shirley too..... they together cycled for miles!

1954 27th March married Shirley (nee Bradford) in Lady St. Mary Church, Wareham

1954 Lived in Weymouth and worked at Bristol 's Engineering Co. as instrument precision engineer

1954 Following takeover of Bristol Engineering and relocation to Lewisham, moved to Blackheath

1955 Moved to Hythe to continue working for Bristol Engineering

1955 Joined Esso at Fawley continuing to live initially at Hythe

1956 Re-located to Linwood, New Forest, Hampshire– overlooking Black Barrow commuting to Fawley by motorbike

1957 step-brother to Mervyn

1958 Founder of Systems and Components Ltd (SYSCO)– mechanical engineering– at Barrow Cottage, Linwood

1962 Purchased and converted old cinema premises at Fordingbridge, enabling SYSCO to move into hi-tech process control instrumentation

1965 Relocated family and business - having purchased and converted former brickworks outside Market Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, enabling consolidation of Systems & Components niche worldwide position in its field. The firm 's products include those associated with petro-chemical and refining industries including samplers, analysers and analyser systems. In 1970 over 80 per cent of its products were exported, employing 25 workers.
UK representative for Carlo Erba, Milan.

1972 Relocated family to Carmarthen, South West Wales– became consultant to Systems & Components having sold to Ludlam Sysco, later acquired by Rotork in 1973

1987-1989 Retired to Isle of Man for 2 years

1989 Emigrated to Manitoba, Canada to start a new career, purchasing a small parcel of land for a farming project just to keep him occupied! 2,000 acres of prairie fields to manage and operate production of wheat, flax, canola, coriander, sunflowers and later, introduced peas big scale to the area– now grown by neighbouring farmers!

1996/97 Back to education! Attended Purdue University, becoming their oldest student and star pupil, studying essential oils, producing a thesis specializing in the monarda plant, native to North America....obviously the farm starts growing monarda– a variety acquired from Morden Research Laboratory Station, Manitoba. This hybrid was found to produce one of the world 's purest forms of geraniol oil and yielded high volumes of oil through steam distillation. The plant is very cold hardy and potentially offered Manitoba farmers a unique crop alternative.

2004 Relocate to Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada– a small 50 acre farm this time. Each and every monarda plant was transplanted from the farm in Manitoba. Experimented with and introduced a variety of lavender plants on large scale including selective herbs for the production of essential oils

2006 founder of Flowers to Fragrance– herb farm producing high grade essential oils on-site, used in 100% natural hand-made cosmetics, all ingredients being plant-based

2008 July - diagnosed with Parkinson 's disease

2012 September– sadly moved into Saugeen Valley Care Home to receive full time care by a wonderful team of care workers

An excerpt from Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam– one of Aubrey 's special books he carried around in his pocket, quoting from frequently– he has many, many books!
Verse 23
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer and– sans End!

Verse 49
Tis' all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days,
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and tither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays

Aubrey - loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, guardian, cousin and special friend– sharing his care, support, thoughtfulness, resourcefulness and intelligence with us all, woven into our lives– we miss him so...

An oak tree planted in Aubrey 's memory, will grow on Black Barrow, Linwood, Hampshire UK– a special place holding special memories - where Aubrey and Shirley 's adventures really began.

A thank you for donations to Parkinson 's Society. Online condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com

Morris, Aubrey; on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 at Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre, Mount Forest, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Shirley (Bradford) Morris. Loving father of Simon Morris of Australia, Francesca Morris and Richard of Elora, Renira Barnes and Rick of the U.K., Matthew Morris and Michelle Paczay of Elora, Camilla Bird and Mike of the U.K., and Nicholas Morris and Erin Eldridge of Fergus. Cherished grandfather of Declan and Liam Morris of Australia, Poppy and Daisy Barnes of the U.K., Raven Morris of Elora, Alexander Bird of the U.K., and Rowan and Brenden Morris of Fergus. Dear brother of Raymond and Neil Morris both of the U.K and step-brother of Mervyn Powell. Guardian to Yolande (niece) of the U.K. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Audrey (Mold) Morris. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest. Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society Canada would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com


I would like to convey my sincere sympathy to Shirley and family in the loss of your husband, father and best friend. He was a very nice man and loved by all. My prayers and sympathy are with you at this time. Elizabeth Coutts!

— Elizabeth Coutts, December 23, 2014

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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