Ian Robert Morrison

Passed 05/18/2022


Obituary For Ian Robert Morrison

Ian Robert Morrison of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, passed away in Halifax on May 18th, 2022, at the age of 79.
Born June 16th, 1942, in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late John Philip and Christine (MacLeod) Morrison.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel of Lower Sackville.
Ian is survived by his children, Nadine (Dartmouth), Michele (Halifax), Robert (Jeana) (Coldbrook NS), Kristy (James) MacDonnell (Raymond AB) and Richard (Catherine) (Sydney) and their mother, Phyllis (Dartmouth) as well as 18 grand children – Gareth (Carrie) and Edward Finigan; Daniel, Stefany and Jenna Skibinsky; Ryan, John, Emily, Eric, Evan and Owen Morrison; Ryan Morrison, Jacob and Hannah MacDonnell; Sarah, Rebecca, Alina and Quinn Morrison and 1 great granddaughter, Shayleigh Gossen.

He also leaves behind his brothers Donald and Kenton (Barbara) of Baddeck, along with his nieces and nephews. He was a stepfather to Terry (Crystal) Peverill, Rhonda (Rob) Wilson, and Colleen Peverill Nielsen and step grandfather to Colin and Shane Peverill, Tylen and Jayden Wilson, and Shaye and Brady Nielsen.

Ian was pre-deceased by his parents as well as his brother Sheldon and infant sister Julia.

Ian’s early years were spent in Baddeck. After graduating from Northeast Broadcasting School in Boston in 1962, Ian travelled the Maritimes working at radio stations and newspapers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in a variety of roles. He moved so much in those early years, each of his 5 children were born in different towns. After finally settling in the Halifax area in 1971, he worked in radio news before taking a role at the NS Government Dept of Communications.

In 1980, Ian joined ATV News as an on-air reporter, where he was awarded the 1981 Atlantic Journalism Award in the field of TV reporting – Spot News. He then moved behind the scenes as producer, assistant news director and executive producer. But his best known role was the foil to Santa Claus and Steve Murphy as the original Scrooge on the annual ATV Christmas Daddies telethon. In 2000 Ian embarked on a new adventure when he moved to Southern Ontario, finding new challenges as an executive producer for ONto News (Hamilton) and assistant news director for A channel (London) before retiring and returning home to Nova Scotia, But even retirement brought more challenges in Ian’s chosen profession. He was able to enjoy consulting work with Eastlink and Global News well into his 70’s. And his love of radio and country music brought him into contact with like minded friends. He was one of the original volunteers who worked to bring about what would eventually become 97.5 CIOE-FM, Community Radio in Lower Sackville. Once on the air, he assisted as an on-air host, program producer and technical consultant.

Ian enjoyed sailing and spent many happy hours sailing the Northumberland Strait and Bras D’or Lakes. Later in life, he enjoyed following the next generation of sailors as they documented their adventures for the world. And this spring, Ian loved to sit on the deck to watch as sailboats were placed back in the water at the RNSYS and set sail on the Northwest Arm.

His family will remember him every time they hear a Willie Nelson song, watch the boats sailing on the water and will continue to cheer on the Blue Jays for him.

The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful staff of Hospice Halifax for their care and support during Ian’s final weeks.

Cremation has taken place and no public service or memorial is planned. A private ceremony will take place at a future date.
Donations in Ian’s memory can be made to Hospice Halifax, The QEII Foundation or Christmas Daddies. We invite you to share memories of Ian with the family on the funeral home website.

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  • 06/13/2022

    So very sorry to hear of Ian's passing. I fondly remember him. My sincere condolences to Muriel and Family. Alana Roberts

  • 06/01/2022

    Dear Family  Ian's passing has brought great sorrow to all who knew and loved him. Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers are with all of you during this time. We know that Ian is now at peace and wish you the same peace and comfort of the Lord's spirit. We will remember Ian fondly and with much love. We have lost a beautiful soul, but his spirit will live forever and we have a hope of seeing him again.  Ray & Stacia Paris (PersonnelManager) Walmart Bedford NS

  • 05/31/2022

    To Ian's family, My deepest condolences for your loss. Sending love and prayers . Blanche

  • 05/31/2022

    Sorry to hear the news, met this man at square dance, a great club member and was missed when he stopped coming out , thinking of you all at this time

  • 05/31/2022

    Hi Muriel. We are very sorry to learn of Ian's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • 05/30/2022

    I'm so sorry for your loss and thinking of you at this time, hoping you find comfort and peace. Martin MacLennan

  • 05/30/2022

    Sorry to hear of Ian's passing, our sincere condolences to the Muriel. Merv and Alain Nielsen

  • 05/30/2022

    With sincere condolences to Muriel and family from The Stardusters Square Dance Club, Dartmouth, NS. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • 05/30/2022

    Dear Muriel , My heart is broken. He helped me in so many ways . I shall never forget his kindness and guidance. Scott Boyd .

  • 05/30/2022

    Dear Muriel and family, so very sorry for your loss. Ian and I worked together twice in our careers. First in 1965-66 at CKMR, Newcastle N. B. and at ATV. He was a fine man.

  • 05/30/2022

    Sorry to hear of Ian's passing. An old friend Willie Martin

  • 05/30/2022

    Dear Nadine, Michele, Bob, Kristy & Richard: Thinking of you and sending condolences on the loss of your father. Janet MacLennan

  • 05/30/2022

    Dearest Muriel and family, I'm so saddened to learn of Ian's passing. It was such a privilege to work with Ian in the admin mgmt team at CTV News for so many years. My biggest memory was always how wonderful he was to staff, always mentoring and always so fair to everyone. He was truly the 'father' of the newsroom. I was blessed to call him a friend and Godfather to my daughter. Muriel, I hold memories of you and Ian very close to my heart. Sending my deepest condolences and love, Deanna

  • 05/30/2022

    So sorry Muriel & family to read of Ian's passing in the Chronicle Herald today. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this very sad & difficult time. Hugs.

  • 05/30/2022

    Our career paths crossed several times and we always shared witty comments and stories. He will be truly missed. My deepest condolences to Muriel and his family. Rick Joseph

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