|Barbara Morgan and I believe this to be Alf left and Burt right playing in Vankleek Hill circa 1923|
|Age 16, 1937|
|Alf as young man circa 1939|
|St John the Apostle Anglican Church, Vankleek Hill today|
|With Bella and brother Burt 1930s|
|Alf third from right, front row|
|HS Prom 1939|
|With another girlfriend in 1942 (sorry Mom)|
|McGill Arts Grad 1942|
|Alf at HMCS Corwallis Ottawa for training 1943, 2nd from left front row|
|Joker Morgan with trademark cigar|
|That's more like it!|
|The Happy Couple|
|Mary, White, Bella and Alf circa 1949|
We initially lived at 375 Mayfair Ave before moving in 1952 to a brand new bungalow at 905 Mountainview Ave which was way out in the new west end. Kim was born in 1953 and we lived happily there until moving to new split level in 1958 at 2300 Georgina Dr just around the corner. Dad and mom had bought a big corner lot, subdivided it and we moved to one corner of it while another new house was put up next door.
|Dec 53 with Kim and me the sad camper at 905|
|Alf, Bella, me, White circa 1953|
|At Aunt Barbara Morgan's for dinner|
He was also an avid curler and belonged to the Rideau Curling Club. Mom did not curl or golf much but must have attended some of the frequent socials. He was also a member of the Canadian Club which bills itself as a prestigious meeting place for the inquiring and influential. They host speakers, networking events and hospitality. There is no mention of him being a Mason. Cousin Barbara Morgan says there were a few Masons on the Vallillee of the family though.
One of the neat things we had was one of those 8 mm movie cameras that dad bought when they were all the rage in the 60s. I have a extended film of these family memories that still works. It includes scene's of Alf and friends golfing in S.C., the Queen Mother's visit to Ottawa in 1962, ... and Alf's thumb slipping in front of the lens blocking the scene he was trying to shooting. Will have to get this converted to DVD someday.
He was a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Roughriders. When Frank Mahovolich used to score with that blazing slapshot, dad would run upstairs and jump into my bed yelling "Mahovolitch, he scores!!!" He and mom had 50 yard line season tickets for the Riders games for several years. After they won the Grey Cup in 1960 dad took me to the victory luncheon. I can still remember seeing Russ Jackson. Ronny Stewart, Kay Vaughn and all the big stars at that event. He wasn't much of a church goer though. His first love on Sundays being the golf course.
We were a happy middle class family with a stay at home mom and a rarely at home father. Then Dad got ill. Initially they sent him to a chiropractor to deal with the pain he had in his hip and lower back. It was cancer and they had misdiagnosed it. He did get radiation therapy eventually but it was not as advanced in those days and it was too late. In 1965 at the tender age of 44 he passed away. We were all devastated. But, thanks to mom's hard work, we survived.
His death notice and obituary.
In it's 1965 year end bulletin, the Rivermead Golf Club members had this to say about him:
"That was sad, the passing of our friend, Alf Morgan...and only 44. Our deepest sympathy to his nice little wife and children - what a shock. Alf loved golf and, when he was hitting them and had a nice fat cigar in his mouth, everything was singing. It was nice to have known a friendly chap like Alf. There are too many sour-pusses in the world."
I still do miss you dad after all these years. Dad was a fun loving guy and it rubbed off on me - the love of golf too. We were so happy to have known you and to have seen that you had a lot of fun. I know you are still playing golf somewhere really great on Sunday mornings! And curling too!