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Thursday, 17 April 2008 08:40

Rest In Peace David Morgan

PEJ News - David Rees Morgan, born Jan 16, 1930, passed away peacefully April 13, 2008 at St. James Cottage Hospice in Vancouver BC after a four year fight with Brain Cancer.

David was the National President of Veteran's Against Nuclear Arms, a founding member of Canadians Against the Cruise, a long time member of End the Arms Race, a founding member of the Coalition in Solidarity with the People of Iraq, first treasurer of StopWar.ca. And more recently in spite of his illness, David who loved to sing, joined the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir.

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David was born in India, to Welsh parents, Jock and Violet Morgan, and at the tender age of 8 was sent to British boarding schools. On graduation, he was conscripted into the British Air Force where he was a radar operator serving in Egypt.

After his two year service, he came to Canada to study at McGill University and graduated with honours in Geology. In 1963 he received his teaching degree and studied Slavonic at U.B.C. In 1966 he became a Professional Engineer. Over his working career, he alternated between teaching in BC's schools and working in the bush as a geologist. On his retirement,  he wrote a book, "Sleep Secrets for Shift Workers".

However, David never retired from the peace movement. He worked tirelessly to educate people about the horrors of Nuclear Weapons and the dangers of them being on "hair-trigger" alert. As a poet, he wrote many poems warning of these dangers and he was happiest reading his poems or giving a talk on the dangers that the world faces because of these weapons of mass destruction. David liked to represent VANA on Remembrance Days by going into the schools and telling classrooms of children that "war is a preventable disaster".

David loved children. He has one daughter, Judith Tarlaian; and two sons, Daniel Morgan and Peter Morgan; plus from his union with Linda, three step-sons, Sean, Kevin, and Jason Payne. David's previous wives are Janet Morgan and Linda Taffs. He is also survived by one sister, Patricia Morgan. He will be missed greatly by all of them.

David was a fighter, someone who refused to compromise, and he will be remembered for the dignity and dedication he brought to the peace movement.

A gathering in honour of David will be held on May 10th at 4:00 pm at the Hewett Hall of the Unitarian Church, 949W. 49th (49 and Oak) Vancouver BC Canada

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2008 08:40
 

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