With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Bill Morris, our friend, mentor and leader, who passed away peacefully on the evening of April 23rd, 2019. Bill impacted the lives of many, and his influence and legacy will be cherished and remembered.
William (Bill) Morris Q.C. in his 86th year peacefully in his sleep at Amica. He will be sadly missed by his family - both here in Canada and abroad. We would like to thank the staff at Amica who cared for him so lovingly these last difficult months. Bill had a brilliant legal mind. He was a trailblazer and a pioneer greatly loved and respected by peers, colleagues, clients and the Bench. Never shy to fight for the rights of his clients he argued at all levels of the court all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada. He was a mentor and teacher with his door always open to offer advice and support never afraid to let someone shine. Bill has served as President of the Hamilton Law Association, President of the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society, President of the Hamilton Jewish Federation Canada, President of the League for Human Rights of B’nai B’rith Canada, President of B’nai B’rith Canada and Vice-President of B’nai B’rith International. In addition, he has served the public in many executive and member capacities. He was a great man full of spirit and a zest for life. Bill’s love for the Jewish community was paramount and his generosity knew no bounds. He was a mentor and philanthropist. He was to be recognized next month for his lifelong devotion to the Hamilton Jewish community. He will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be held at Temple Anshe Shalom on Thursday April 25, 2019 at 3:00pm 215 Cline Avenue North. Shiva will start Saturday, April 27 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at 53 South St. W. Dundas and will continue through Sunday, Monday, Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm.
Donations in Bill’s honour can be made to Jewish Social Services Food Bank.