On January 26, 2021 our beloved Poppi, after a courageous battle with cancer, left for the 19th hole. He
was a pleasure to spend time with, laughing at his sharp wit and pointed insults. Bernie was born in
1948, the middle child of Bernie and Mary Morris in Vancouver. He has fond memories of wintering on
Alta Lake, north of Vancouver where his parents build a cabin. Vancouver and Burnaby were his
stomping grounds until he left the big city for the small towns of Vancouver Island. He met his wife
Maureen on the shores of Lake Cowichan when her bikini top slipped off. Together they build a life of
adventure and good memories in Terrace, Metchosin and recently Saanichton.
A warm, friendly guy Bernie developed strong friendships throughout his life. His friends and family have
fond memories of his great cooking, camping trips, skiing, sailing and of course, golfing. He liked nothing
more than to hit the links with friends, his sons and his “favorite” daughter. An avid reader and creative
person, he was a self-taught carpenter who designed and built home additions, which came in handy as
the family grew. Bernie was a sports enthusiast, who loved to yell at the TV, pulling for his team. Bernie
did not excel at suffering fools, or hiding his disdain. You could count on him for being a straight shooter,
when the BS was flying.
Bernie had an interesting career as a Water Quality Supervisor with the CRD in Victoria. He recognized
the importance of education for operators in order to close gaps in knowledge that could adversely
impact water quality. Bernie developed an enduring friendship with colleague Mike Ippen. They
travelled extensively throughout the province delivering courses to operators on important subjects
such as regulatory requirements, water treatment, disinfection, water sampling methods and risks in
water systems. Over twenty-five years more than a thousand operators experienced Bernie’s engaging,
no-nonsense teaching style, always packed with as much humor as knowledge. He had the gift of being
able to speak to senior and new operators alike in a respectful way, showing them how their jobs were
important to their respective community’s health.
Bernie is survived by his wife, Maureen McGuire who no longer wears bikinis and his adult children
Bronwyn Zozula (Steven), Adam Morris (Tanya) and Sean Morris (Lacey). He loved them all very much,
championing their personal achievements, marathons and “ birdies “. He delighted in the five years he
played with his grandson, Magnus Zozula.Bernie is survived by his three siblings Anne Didmon, Carole
Henry and Barry Morris. Bernie is also survived by many friends and celebrities throughout his life.
He respected anyone who could follow a Keno game and engage in good conversation. He was fortunate
to develop lasting friendships at the Waddling Dog in Saanichton.
Gratitude to the many physicians and nurses who cared for Bernie. Namely Dr. Feng at the Victoria
Cancer Clinic and the Palliative Care Team at the Saanichton Peninsula Hospital. Their commitment and
compassion will not be forgotten.
Bernie was not one to complain, or mope around. He will want a party, when it is safe to do that. We
will come together at a Celebration of Life as soon as we are able. Please consider donating to Our Place
in Bernie’s name, by clicking on donations in the left menu.