The Cape Breton Highlanders
Alex C. Morrison

Alex C. Morrison

 

Morrison Alex C - 100

Alex C. Morrison, 100, died at the Cove Guest Home, Sydney, Saturday, March 14, 1998 three days before his 101st birthday.
A lifelong resident of Sydney, he was the son of the late John B. and Bessie (MacLean) Morrison. Along with his father J.B., he operated Morrison's Men's Wear on Charlotte Street for more than 50 years.

Alex was the last remaining First World War veteran on Cape Breton Island. He enlisted with the Cape Breton Highlanders 185th Battalion in 1916 and later transferred to Canada's famed 25th Battalion in 1918. He fought in the Battle of Amiens for which he was decorated with the Military Medal. In 1990, he was chosen to represent all of the WWI veterans of the Nova Scotia Command at the Remembrance Day Service in Ottawa. On October 6, 1996 the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 12 presented Alex with the meritorious service award, the highest award of the Legion.

Alex was the oldest elder in St. Andrew's United Church (ordained in 1932) and during his lifetime was a devout member of the church, serving on many boards and committees. He was a valuable member of the Queen Lodge IOOF No. 52 and Branch 12 of the Royal Canadian Legion.

A true gentleman, Alex was loved and respected by all who knew him and his wonderful sense of humor brought laughter to family, friends and especially the wonderful staff at the Cove.

Alex was the last surviving mem­ber of his immediate family.