The Morris family’s roots as a funeral service provider began in Devonshire, England more than 250 years ago. The family eventually moved to Christ Church, Isle of Wight, where its proud business tradition continued for three generations until Levi Morris emigrated to Canada in 1840.
Levi, his wife and 11 children settled in Prince Albert, Ontario, where he began work as an undertaker and fine woods craftsman in 1841. His eldest son, Levi Jr., joined his father in the family business as a fine woods craftsman and worked on many historic buildings in the Bowmanville area, including Trinity United Church and the Balmoral Hotel.
After moving to Bowmanville in 1854, Levi Jr. established his own undertaking business on Liberty Street North. He went on to become one of the first licensed embalmers in Ontario, graduating from the Rochester School of Embalming in 1884. Levi Jr. was also responsible for helping found, and becoming a charter member of, the Canadian Undertakers Association in 1883 and the Ontario College of Embalming in 1891.
His son, Frank F. Morris, continued in his steps by helping form The Ontario Funeral Service Association in 1922 and the Board of Funeral Services in 1914. The Board of Funeral Services is the provincial regulatory body governing funeral service today.
The present funeral chapel was constructed in 1959 by C.G. (Ted) Morris and F. Donald Morris. When completed, it received praise throughout Ontario as one of the first service facilities to accommodate the unique and varied needs of its customers. Completely renovated and expanded during 1995, the facility now offers four large visitation rooms and a chapel with a seating capacity of more than 200. There is also a state of the art public address system and a colour audio/video system for recording services. The entire facility is totally accessible to the disabled. Morris Funeral Chapel operates its own, complete, fleet of vehicles and has convenient off-street parking for 50 cars.
The Morris Funeral Chapel guaranteed in 1954 through a published letter that the dollar value of services, facilities and equipment would be the best value available in funeral service and we still stand by that promise today.
Whether you need a simple, traditional or an alternative service, Morris Funeral Chapel can provide the service required. We are members of the Ontario Funeral Service Association (OFSA), the Funeral Association of Canada, Bay of Quinte Funeral Service Association and the Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes committed to providing superior services at a fair price. As members of the OFSA, the MORRIS FUNERAL CHAPEL is fully bonded for all trust funds it holds.
The information that is contained and presented in this web site is just one more example of our leadership and commitment to our community.
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