May 6, 1931 – May 6, 2019
On Monday, May 6th, 2019 Blake Edward Morrow of White Rock, B.C. passed away on his 88th birthday.
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…”
Envision a light blue Ford station wagon, packed full of kids, hauling a small trailer to every provincial park in the interior of British Columbia. The Morrow children have such fond memories of pelting down the highways with that song playing and Blake’s voice ringing out the open windows.
Blake was born in Arcola, Saskatchewan, May 6, 1931, where he was raised with his sister, Fay, on a wheat farm. He told the classic prairie stories of riding his Shetland pony to school and sometimes walking 5 miles in his bare feet in a snowstorm uphill both ways.
The family moved to New Westminster when Blake was 12. Academic achievement was always very important to Blake. He attended UBC where he graduated in Pharmacy and then moved to White Rock to become part owner in the Rexall Drug store on Johnston Road, which later moved uphill to become Morrow-Falk Pharmacy.
He was active for many years in the Masonic Lodge, the International Order of Job’s Daughters, serving as President for the BC Pharmacy Association, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Peach Arch District Hospital. After retirement he joined the ranks of the snowbirds and loved to winter in Yuma where an early morning game of golf followed by a late afternoon happy hour with great friends became more his style.
Blake was married to Margaret Diane Wilson in January of 1953 and they had 4 children. After Diane’s death in 1968, Blake met and married Geraldine Paege Murray who brought another young daughter into the family fold. Blake and Geri enjoyed travel adventures to many corners of the world on pharmacy conventions, cruises and in their beloved 5th wheel trailer.
Blake was predeceased by his mother, Florence Edith Christopher, his father, Chartes Winfield Morrow, and his sister Fay Edith (Beck) Morrow. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Geraldine, and by his 5 children Dwight (Isabel), Margaret (Michael), Ross (Gail), Kathleen Diane (Jim), and Kathleen Elizabeth (Michael), by 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers you may wish to make a donation to The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. There are no arrangements for a formal service at this time.
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