Obituary – Ruth Morris


Ruth Joanne Morris (née Langdon) of Kincardine passed peacefully at her home on Friday, July 3, 2020, in her 87th year.

Survived by her husband William, son Watson, brother-in-law Ted Ault and cousins Eleanor (Ken) and Tom Shaw.

Pre-deceased by her parents Rev. Robert Watson Langdon and Jean Christina (née Appleford), and by her sister-in-law Joan (Ted) Ault.

Daughter of a United Church minister, Joanne was born in St. Thomas in 1934. She lived in Lawrence Station then Thamesford and later Riverdale and Earlscourt in Toronto. She worked for Eaton’s while in high school.

Because Joanne lost her father while in Grade 12, she had to be frugal to afford university tuition. She was a graduate of Victoria College at the University of Toronto, studying English literature and religion under Northrop Frye.

Upon graduation, she entered Teacher’s College at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education. Her teaching career began in Kincardine, and was followed by teaching positions in Toronto at Northview Heights, Parkdale Collegiate, Castle Frank and Heydon Park. Appointed as an instructor in York University’s Department of Education, she went on to become the Head of Special Education at Heydon Park.

Over the years, Joanne participated on various committees both within her church and with the Toronto District School Board. She had a tremendous empathy for the learning challenges and needs of students, something that became the driving force for her studies in Special Education and the development of board-wide curriculum.

Joanne and William were tremendous hosts, sharing laughter, fun and engaging thought-provoking intellectual discussions with friends and family at their home in Toronto and their cottage at Bruce Beach. She was devoted to her mother who was big part of her life and was grateful to have had the opportunity to provide palliative care at the end of her life.

In her own final hours, Joanne took great comfort in sharing with her husband and son from Second Corinthians 4:7-18: Struck down, but not destroyed … what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Portrait and memorial online at

Obituary – Ruth Morris was last modified: July 13th, 2020 by Dianna Martell

One thought on “Obituary – Ruth Morris

  1. Dear Watson,
    I am sorry for the loss of your Mother, Joanne.
    We taught together at Thistletown C.I. in 1959, 60, 61, and part 62..
    She was friend and a good teacher.
    We compared notes on grade 13 English Departmental exam.
    It turned out that we had written the exact same exam! We graduated the same year from high school.
    I guess she went to OCE at the same time but we didn’t meet then.
    I remember you from your practice sessions on the bagpipes in Leaside.
    Glad to know you carried on.
    Glad you are teaching. It is a good profession.
    I was your neighbour at 64 Rykert.
    You had a good Mum!

    Kin Martin

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