MORTON, Kenneth Madden, August 18, 1933 – June 4,2021
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we, his Daughters announce the peaceful passing of our Dad, Ken Morton at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne after a brief illness.
Born in Shelburne Dad was the Son of the late Lee P and Muriel (Robart) Morton.
While attending high school Dad held many positions of leadership including, Army Cadets, President of student council, and served on yearbook committee of Roseway Bugle.
Dad was an exceptional athlete excelling in baseball, soccer, pond hockey and for 69 years 5 pin bowling. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts, and attended the first Canadian Boy Scout Jamboree in 1949 which took place in Ottawa with over 4000 in attendance. He went on to become a troop leader and served as district commissioner for Shelburne County, during which time he earned his “King Scout Badge”
After completing high school, Dad went to work in the office of Shelburne Co-Op , later becoming a delivery driver for western part of the county. After a few years Dad went to work at Thompson’s drug store during which time he earned his “Drug clerk” certification from the Maritime College of pharmacy at Dalhousie, a position he held for 26 years.
Looking for a new challenge Dad decided to study and obtain his Underwriter license to sell life insurance, this decision would lead to a 35 year career in the business working for Prudential, Blue cross and other insurance brokers.
Dad’s leadership skills definitely came to the forefront when he became a member of SVFD where he quickly rose through the ranks from member to “Chief”, a position he proudly maintained for 25 of the 33 1/2 years he served as an active member of the SVFD. During this time he was awarded the “Provincial Long Service Medal, as well as the “Firefighters Exemplary Service” medal.
Continuing to serve his community he was one of the founding members of the Shelburne Co. Firefighters Mutual Aid association and also a member of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association.
Being extremely active even into his senior years ,”The Walking Man” continued walking 2 miles a day for 44 years. He also enjoyed puzzles and always a good Blue Jays game.
As a spiritual man, Dad was a member of Shelburne Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Superintendent, Trustee and member of Finance Committee as well as a choir member.
Left to grieve his loss are daughters….Alana Joyce (Marinelli) and Wanda Karen Langthorne, grandson Ryan; great-grandson Mason, and special friend Sandie.
Dad was predeceased by both parents, two half- sisters, a half- brother, his first wife Valerie, Mother of his daughters, his second wife Lucillle and Son-in-law Greg.
Not a fan of flying Dad loved nothing more than numerous train adventures across Canada, that included a couple of stops to catch a Blue Jays game.
Our sincere gratitude to Dr. Sehl, second floor nursing and kitchen staff of Roseway Hospital as well as Joey Reynolds and staff at HM Huskilson’s funeral home.
Donations in Dad’s memory may be made to SVFD or Pet Projects Shelburne.
Due to current COVID restrictions a private family service will be held on Thursday June 10, 2021, with a public memorial to be held in 2022.
Memories and condolences can be shared with the family by visiting: www.huskilson.net
“Ken Morton” your watch has ended ….we will take it from here……Godspeed
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Kenneth Maddin Morton August 18 1933 June 04 2021..
Death notice for the town of: Shelburne, Province: Nova Scotia