Memorable Manitobans: John Edward Morrison (1911-1966)
Accountant, business executive.
Born at Souris on 23 July 1911, only child of Alexander Shirriff Morrison and Bessie Adeline Davis (1881-1971), he attended Winnipeg public school, graduating with a BA degree from the University of Manitoba (1931), and later continued studies to become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (1943). In 1932, he joined Great West Life, serving as Supervisor of the Statistical and Tabulating Department (1940), Assistant Actuary (1943), Underwriting Executive (1947), Assistant General Manager and Actuary (1952), Vice-President and Actuary (1958), and Executive Vice President (1960). He became a director of the company in 1961.
On 17 September 1938, he married Mary Alice Armstrong (1911-?) at Winnipeg and they had a son and a daughter. The family lived at 176 Harvard Avenue. At the time of his death, he was Vice-President of the United Way of Greater Winnipeg and a board member of the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation. He was a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (Vice-President, 1955-1957), Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and Granite Curling Club.
He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 14 October 1966 and was buried in the St. Johns Cathedral Cemetery.
Marriage registration [Alexander Sherriff Morrison, Bessie Adeline Davis], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [John Edward Morrison, Mary Alice Armstrong], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [John Edward Morrison, Mary Alice Armstrong], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“J. E. Morrison, GWL executive, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 October 1966.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1966.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 December 2022