MORRIS, Earle

Focus on 7301 Earle Morris – RMC Class of 1967

From eVeritas the RMC Newsletter and written by Bill Oliver

 

Officer Cadet, 7301 E.H.C. (Earle) Morris marched “in” through the Royal Military College of Canada Memorial Arch in 1963 and marched “out” in 1967.  The Commandant at RMC for this time period was none other than - A/C L.J. (“Birch”) Birchall, OBE, DFC, CD, ADC

From most accounts Earle Morris was a pretty ordinary cadet in a class that had more than its share of outstanding “future leaders”.  He left RMC as the CSSO for 4 Squadron - determined to have a career in physical education and recreation (PE&R). In the early years he distinguished himself as one of the truly outstanding athletes in the Canadian Forces. He won the CF Curling nationals as a skip three years in a row out of Chatham (1968-70). Captured three national fastball titles and played a dominating role as both a pitcher and an excellent hitting short stop: Chatham; Uplands; & Ottawa (1970, 71 & 73) including the MVP award in 1970.   He was inducted into the CF Sports Honour Roll in 1995.

Following the 1974 ball season he changed his focus to mainly three areas:  family; competitive curling; and his day job – in that order. 

Earle achieved his goal and became the first RMC graduate to serve in the Canadian Forces P.E. & Recreation Branch. Hi-lights of his 25 years in this MOC included: secondment to the 1976 Montreal Olympics, stints as Director of Athletics at CMR Saint-Jean (‘80-‘83) and a key player in the establishment of the CF EXPRES for Physical Fitness.  He was also a very popular & successful BPERO at both Chatham and Ottawa.  In particular, intersection and base team athletes (men & women) really appreciated his leadership in their programs.  

During this time he nurtured his love affair with curling, the sport he had grown up with in Saskatchewan. He became the only curler in the World to play in the Brier (Canadian Men’s Curling Championships) representing 3 different provinces – Manitoba in ‘80, Quebec in ‘82 and Ontario in ’85. “It’s thanks to the military constantly moving me around that I got that opportunity” says Morris with his trademark smile.  He also worked at Sport Canada in the mid 80s as the General Manager of the Canadian Curling Association. 

He has remained active in curling all of his life and was Chairman of the Canadian Juniors in Ottawa in 2003. He also is the inventor of the Stabilizer – the curling sliding device that is used by Canadians Colleen Jones and David Nedohin both of whom are world champions and 2002 Olympic Curling Champion Paal Trulsen of Norway.  His product sells in 9 countries world - wide.

Earle coached Little League Baseball for a number of years in the Ottawa area and his teams have captured provincial titles and have competed at the Canadian championship level. But this ’67 RMC grad is probably best known in recent times as a curling coach.  During the 1990 /91 curling season, he commuted from Ottawa to help the RMC Men’s Team win the only OUAA Team Championship dating over three decades. He also conducted a number of curling skills’ clinics at the college for a number of years.  In 1998, he coached his son John Morris who went on to win the World Junior Curling Championships. John also won the World Juniors in 1999 and was runner-up in the Brier in 2002.  This season (2005), Earle will be coaching the Australian National Men’s Team at the Worlds Championships in Victoria, B.C. in April.

He is married to Maureen a community health nurse and in addition to John; they have two daughters 21499 Captain Marie (RMC ’99) and Sarah.  Maureen, Marie and Sarah were featured in McLeans magazine in March 2003, as they were honoured for their participation as peacekeepers in Bosnia where they all served for six months.  In addition Sarah completed another PSP tour during 2004 in Afghanistan.  His son-in-law 21669 Captain Mark Lubiencki (RMC ’00) is married to Marie.

Earle lives in Ottawa in semi-retirement after working at the CFPSA until 2003 as the National Recreation and Youth Services Manager.  He is still heavily involved in community service in and around Ottawa.


 21499 Marie and 7301 Earle

Earle, well done – “Birch” would be proud.

WJO