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August 22, 1967 - June 14, 2024

Joseph Richard Morrison was taken from us too soon on the morning of June 14th surrounded by his family, after a tragic bike accident the day before.

Joe was born and raised in North Vancouver in a family of seven. He grew up swimming in the Seymour River, and making lifelong friends through his youth group. After high school, he went on to study outdoor recreation at Capilano College and history and education at Simon Fraser University.

He taught around British Columbia, and biked and travelled the world.

He married Janine Privett in 2004 and they moved to Whitehorse where their three children--Joe's greatest pride--were born. Joe became part of the Sacred Heart Cathedral community and a valued teacher at schools in Carcross and Whitehorse. He taught at Holy Family Elementary School for 10 years.

Joe loved travelling and adventure. For every hike, canoe trip, ski trip or bike ride, he would plan five more. Joe also loved sports as an athlete, coach, and referee. He especially loved soccer and hockey and would always have a game on TV. Ever enthusiastic, Joe was always up for something new, be it dancing or ski patrol; and he was not afraid to make mistakes. He had a big heart, and was ready to help people in any way he could.

Joe is survived by his mother Maureen, his wife Janine; his children Kalina, Kyan and Taryn; his siblings Marianne (Dennis), Norman (Joy), Tim, and Suzy; his nieces and nephews Richard (Vanessa), Chantelle (TJ), Kylie (Nic) and Noah (Van); as well as his aunt and uncle and his many beloved cousins.

He will be greeted in heaven by his father Norman.

A funeral service will be held at St-Pius Church in North Vancouver on July 20th at 11am, with a reception at the church to follow.

In Whitehorse, a celebration of life will be held in the Grey Mountain Room at Mount Mac on August 16th from 4:30pm-8pm with a short service at 5pm.

Everyone is welcome, and Joe's family appreciates all the love and support they have received from the community.

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Friday, August 16, 2024
4:30 PM
Grey Mountain Room at Mount Mac

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