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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Alexander “Don” Morrison (1926-2017)

Police officer, piper.

Born at Winnipeg on 15 November 1926, he started to learn to play the bagpipes from his father at the age of 9. He began playing with the Cameron Cadet Pipe Band at 12 and joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at 17. In 1947, he joined the Winnipeg Police Force and immediately joined its pipe band, serving with the former for 39 years (and retiring as Acting Superintendent) and the latter for 53 years. He performed the bagpipes before many dignitaries. In recognition of his community service, he received the Manitoba Good Citizenship Awards (1986), Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and several other awards. He died at Winnipeg on 8 October 2017.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2017

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