Gary Morrison

Gary Edgar Charles Morrison

Thursday, May 20th, 1937 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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Dr. Gary E.C. Morrison

Passed away suddenly after visiting the love of his life, Sandy Morrison, at her care home which he has done twice daily, for over three years. Gary was committed and devoted to helping Sandy through her battle with Alzheimer’s and found joy in every little bit of communication she could muster.

Gary was born in Regina, Saskatchewan May 20th, 1937 to his father Ted and mother Margery. The family lived in Edmonton for 10 years before moving to West Vancouver in 1948. Gary was very bright in school, managing to skip a grade, but was much more interested in sports than academics as a star tennis player at West Van High (nicknamed Pancho Gonzales). His mother Marjery suffered a stroke at an early age and was incapacitated during Gary’s first year at UBC as an engineer. Gary decided to change his career path to sciences and to be followed by medicine. After graduating from UBC, Gary pursued his love of medicine at the same time as his love of skiing. As a medical resident in Salt Lake City, Utah he was able to complete morning rounds, ski and patrol, then attend to injuries in the medical clinic as required.

His passions for medicine, problem solving and helping others were fulfilled through his career as a general practitioner in North Vancouver. Gary prided himself in the care he could provide helping multiple generations of patients from the same family. He delivered babies, completed general surgical procedures, and, every weekday except Thursdays, made house calls on his way home.

Thursday afternoons were reserved for golf. Despite all of his hobbies – gardening, cooking, woodworking, squash and tennis, he loved golf more than anything. Gary won Capilano’s club championship in 1978 and continued to win many of the club’s different championships throughout his years. Capilano was his happy place. He could indulge his love of competitive sport while enjoying the comradery of his friends over a beautiful four hour walk. Thursday afternoons were reserved for his regular foursome while Sundays were a great social occasion to enjoy a round with Sandy and other couples. Gary served on the board of directors at Capilano for many years.

Gary is survived by his sister Gwen, brother Richard, wife Sandy, only son Stu, daughter-in-law Kirsten and grand-daughters Emily and Ashleigh.

If desired, donations can be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation – Gary practiced at LGH and, most importantly, met a very pretty nurse there named Sandy.

Gary’s celebration of life will be held at Capilano Golf and Country Club on June 7th at 2 PM.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, June 7th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, June 7th, 2019 2:00pm
    Capilano Golf & Country Club
    420 Southborough Dr
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Donations are being accepted for: LIONS GATE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.


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Ann Connolly

Posted at 04:14pm
Just sadly saw Dr Morrison’s obituary by chance and so glad that we got a chance to know him as our doctor but also as Gary.
He was a very special person. Truly what a doctor and a man should be. He took care of our family though thick and thin,
babies and grand babies. How proud you must be. Ann and John Connolly, Ottawa

Desne Welby

Posted at 10:02pm
Desne and Lolita Welby
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Morrison. Dr. Morrison was our family doctor from 1969 until his retirement. Our depth of gratitude for the wonderful care he provided cannot adequately be expressed in words. He was a kind and compassionate man, and a first class physician. It was an honour to have known him. We shall never forget him.


Stuart Morrison Posted at 10:21pm

Thank you very much Desne, my Dad took so much pride in the families that he was able to care for. This means a great deal to me,

Bob Hoye

Posted at 06:08pm
Gary and I met at the fraternity at UBC and the shared fun was with sports cars, skiing, jokes and he always had time for intellectual pursuits.
The VW "Bug" might have been boring but it was driven as fast as possible. Serious motoring arrived with the Porsche 356 N Coupe. This was a tricky car to drive but Gary mastered it well. I recall going through tight "S" bends with the car more or less sideways. But always under control.
Then came the Alfa Sports Sedan and at LGH and at lunch Gary pointed out his new car in the parking lot. The Docs looked out the window at it and were astonished that he traded the Porsche for a "boxy" sedan. And asked "Why?". Gary in his quiet way simply said "Better car".
He introduced me to skiing the deep powder that Alta was and is famous for. At a time when only some 20% of skiers could handle it. Skiing the stuff required special techniques and we both found that very good teaching demonstrations could be done from a tall bar stool.
Between the cars and skiing there are some fabulous memories.
Thanks so much.


Stuart Morrison Posted at 10:23pm

Thank you so much Bob, of course the real story is that Mom made Dad sell the Porsche after he showed off his driving skills on the Sea to Sky. It was the Porsche or Sandy and an Alfa!

George Morfitt

Posted at 11:08pm
It's hard to believe, but 65+ years have passed since Gary and I were active together as members of the West Vancouver High School tennis team. With Ernie Kershaw as our teacher-instructor, the school captured the Vancouver & District High School Tennis Championships in both 1952 and 1953. I remember Gary as a person who was determined to make a positive contribution to every activity in which he engaged. Rest in peace, Gary.

Stuart Morrison Posted at 10:24pm

Thank you very much George. We have heard lots of great stories about Dad's tennis achievements with you and our old neighbour Mr. Kershaw. My Dad credits his tennis abilities more so than academics for med school admission.

Sonia Harvey

Posted at 05:24pm
My condolences to Dr Gary’s family. He was my first doctor when I moved to North Vancouver in 1968 and stayed our firstand favourite doctor until his retirement, delivering a couple of our 4 babies and caring for me and all 4 of our children. He was so kind, and generous and compassionate and intelligent ...... and i’m not at all surprised that his obituary carries those same sentiments to the end of his dear lifetime. I will always remember his caring as the very best example of how we all need to interact with and treat each other. Sincerely, Sonia Harvey

Stuart Morrison Posted at 10:27pm

Thank you very much Sonia. My Dad loved being able to care for two generations of family, sometimes more, as he strongly believed that better care was provided by a true "family doctor" which the system allowed back then.

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