Rev. Morley Porter Bentley

Passed 08/06/2021


Obituary For Rev. Morley Porter Bentley

Reverend Morley Porter Bentley -91 years. It is with grateful hearts for a remarkable life, that was so well lived, that the family announce the peaceful passing of Morley at the Lillian Fraser Hospital, Tatamagouche on August 6th, 2021.
Born in Springhill he was a son of the late Urias Willigar and Doris (Porter) Doncaster. At a young age he became the foster son, and later adopted son of the late George and Georgina (Dunlap) Bentley of Upper Stewiacke.
Morley is survived by his daughters Sherril (Pierre) Benoit and Ginny (Rick) Corkum both of Tatamagouche. 8 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters Irene Hickey, Gladys Vandenburg, and Ruth Dacey, his brothers Elden, Alvin, and Ralph.
He was predeceased by his wife Margaret (Cameron), son Shawn, daughter Lorena as well as sisters Dorothy Niles, Joyce Harrison, and Frances Harting, brothers Urias, Ernest, Stanley and Kencil.
A 1949 graduate of the Truro Normal College, Morley began his working career as a school teacher and soon afterwards received the call into the ministry, graduating from Pine Hill Divinity Hall in 1960. An ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, he recently was recognized for 60 years of faithful service. Morley served congregations of Amherst Head, Cape North, Halifax, St Andrews, Cavendish, Wentworth, Harmony and Tatamagouche. A talented pianist and organist, with much delight he headed several male choirs during his career. In 2019 he was honoured by the people of Tatamagouche and surrounding areas for his contributions to the community and it’s people. Described as a humble, kind and compassionate man, a life long learner.
Morley had varied interests, gardening, music, genealogy – but his true love was people, getting to know them and hearing their stories. He will be remembered for his understanding, laughter and extremely quick wit. Recently in his own words “I think people have been my journey, and that is what it is all about. It has been a good journey” and “I have had a wonderful, truly beautiful life”.
The family are ever grateful to Dr. Dan MacDonald, the nurses and staff at the Lillian Fraser Hospital for the care, respect and attention shown to Morley and his family during his short stay there.

A memorial service is being held for Rev. Morley Bentley September 25, 2021, 1:30PM at the West New Annan Meeting House(former WNA United Church) 1128 Warwick Mountain Rd. Central New Annan. Please be advised due to COVID-19 restrictions seating is limited. Masks are a must.





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West New Annan Meeting House(former WNA United Church)
1128 Warwick Mountain Rd
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  • My sincere sympathy on your loss of such a wonderful man. I was honoured to have met & visited Rev. Morley's home a few times in the last few years. My family were neighbours of his mother, Dorothy, in Port Hood. May God bless him. Patricia MacIntyre

  • Sorry to hear of Morley's passing. Condolences to the entire Family. My mom, Leona Bell enjoyed the visits.

  • My sympathy and caring to Morley's family on his passing. He was truly a man of service who displayed great love towards others. I met Rev.Morley when I was a child living in Truemanville and he was minister in Amherst Head. He was a great comfort when my brother Gordon passed in 1994 ..taking part in his service ..and we have kept in touch by phone or letter since that time. I will not forget his kindness, comforting words, sense of humour and his beautiful smile ."Well done thou good and faithful servant" . Beverley (Trueman ) Smith

  • Sincere sympathies to all of Morley's families. Many memories when he was in Saint Andrews, He married my husband and I in 1965 and had many words of wisdom for us.

  • "People have been my journey..." these words truly reflect the person Mr. Bentley was. A teacher; a lover of music; a minister; choir director; marriages; baptisms; funerals; friendship; so many things to so many people - he was there for most of it in our family. Rest in peace Mr. Bentley, and thank you for being part of our journey.

  • We will miss Morley. His sense of humor, his contribution of music in our area and his compassion for others will be a huge miss for our community and beyond. Our sincere sympathy to his family and many friends from Nancy and Ira

  • As a new minister at the wentworth New Annan Pastoral Charge Morley was a source of support and encouragement. With deep gratitude for a life well lived! Lloyd Bruce

  • Rev Bentley was a great help to me when I Was doing genealogy of the Bentley Family. He told me about many of the Bentlleys he grew up with and thereby enriching my Bentley Family History. My condolences to his family and all hose who knew, loved and respected him. John C. Brenan

  • Our sincere condolences to all the family on Morley's passing. I remember him as a very kind and gentle man during his time as our minister at Wesley United Church, Saint Andrews, NB. He was respected and highly thought of by everyone in the community. Although he was no longer serving in Saint Andrews when I got married in October 1970 I asked if he would be kind enough to officiate at our wedding and gratefully he said yes. Morley was a wonderful person with a calm and caring manner. He will definitely be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Barbara (Langley) & Bill Vye

  • Sincere sympathy to all the family . Have many fond memories of Morley . He was a wonderful man . Scott &Eleanor Ross

  • We would like to express our deepest condolences to Morleys family, he was a wonderful man .Beverly & Gerald Peterson

  • Sherril,Ginny and Families: We were saddened to learn of your father's passing and send heartfelt condolences. Morley positively touched the lives of many in the New Annan and Tatamagouche area with his kindness,compassion and musical talents. It was a pleasure to have known him and he will be missed. Curtis and Margie Cameron

  • My deepest sympathy. Morley boarded with our family many years ago and remained a true Christian friend. Audrey Coldwell

  • Mr Bentley was such, a kind wonderful person, I first met him at the united church in wentworth, he married my husband and I, in 1980, baptized our children, he was such a caring person. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  • Morley will be missed by many. My first memories of him came from my mother who attended school with him in Upper Stewiacke.Then as I got older and met him on many occasions I realized how special he was. We have lost a caring and respected man and I send my sympathy to his family . Judy Miller0.

  • Reverand Morley Bentley was indeed a wonderful human being.He was our Minister at The Falls Trinity United for many years.He was the Minister at our Family Weddings and he was always there to visit at our home or for a conversation when met on the village streets,remembering everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with his Family.

  • To the family, I remember Rev. Morley when he was in Lawrencetown. I was in grade three if I remember correctly. My sisters and I sang in the junior choir and bless him he tried to teach me how to play the piano. He was the nicest man. Even after all these years I still have such a wonderful memory of him. My sincere condolences. Corene Bishop Durland.

  • Sincere sympathies to all of Morleys families. Morley was a fine man and held in high esteem by everyone.

  • A kind well read man. The music led by Morley & friend Terry Jefferson was second to none and added so much to our services. He knew and related the story behind every hymn in the book. Sincere condolences to the family. Reg & Thelma Sabean

  • Thinking of Morley's family. He will truly be missed by his family and friends. He always had a smile on his face and ready to offer his help.He also gave the best hugs whenever I needed one. Rest In Peace

  • I am sending my condolences to Virginia and family over this solemn time. Godspeed Rev. Bentley. Terry Boyce

  • My heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Rev. Morley Bentley, he was the sweetest and kindness man, who was able to bring such compassion and comfort to so many people in a time of great sorrow, my family was touched by his amazing gift❤ Heaven has a very special Angel now, rest in peace Rev. Bentley💙 Sincerely, Rosalee Hayman

  • MR BENTLEY Was such a kind and compassionate man, always so happy and had wonderful stories. Our thoughts are with his family. He was a special man.

  • Rev. Mr. Bentley was my teacher in 1955-56 at Woodlawn School, Hfx Co. I have often thought of him with fondness and recall his teaching skills and calm demeanor. My condolences to the family, and may he rest in peace. Verna (Cross) Dobson

  • To: The Family of Rev. Morley Bentley: "Please accept our deepest sympathy on Rev. Bentley's passing. In Faith: Jerry & Marion Pye

  • I remember mr Bently from when he was my teacher in tatamagouche high. I enoyed all my classes with him because he was always so pleasant and had so much patience. Rip mister Bently, you will always be a soft spot in my memory♥️♥️♥️

  • We grew up in Upper Stewiacke many years after Morley lived there and heard stories in our home of his life in the village. His name was always spoken of with praise and respect by our parents and grandmother, Myrtle Fisher. Our family was honoured to have him officiate at the funeral service of our mother Ruth Fisher in 2011. He fondly remembered his days of growing up in that same church. Our sympathy to you all. Fred and Mary, the children of Ralph and Ruth Fisher

  • Morley made the world a better place throughout his long, good, life. What a blessing he was to the countless people he touched with his patience, humour and his limitless store of kindness. Morley was a regular visitor to our house in Upper Stewiacke, when I was young, and he and Marg (and later their growing family) visited often. My parents thought the world of him. He once picked me up on his way home from Halifax and drove me all the way to Cape North, where I spent a week with him and Marg when he was the minister there, and brought me back again. He officiated at our father's funeral and our mother's, and we kept in touch over the years. The last time I spoke with him was in April. I always felt better for hearing his voice. Rest in peace, Morely. (And sincerest condolences to Sherril and Ginny and to all the family. Your dad was a special man.) - David Blaikie, Ottawa.

  • It is with a saddened heart, but with a smile on my face that I read of Morley's passing. he was a wonderful friend and an excellent pastor. My condolences go out to all his survivors, especially those I know personally, Eldon, Alvin and Ralph. You are all in my prayers. Ruth & Sonny

  • Many thoughts of memories and dedication of the ministry that Rev Morley provided in the various communities while serving in the former Truro Presbytery of United Church of Canada.

  • Reverend Bentley was a great person; He was one of my teachers at the North Colchester High School; always very kind and he exercised great patience with us all. A wonderful sense of humour, a very talented and dedicated individual, and all round nice person; he will be missed in our community and I will miss hearing him play in the church. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Marilyn Roberts

  • rev bentley waas a very gentle man who married my first husband and i his sister also my mothers friend--he will be always be remembered fondly

  • We met Morley only a few times since we came to live in this area, however Morley always made us feel like he had known us forever. He exuded kindness, brilliance, his full attention and respect with his soft voice. He was a true gentleman. Rest in Peace, kind soul. Prayers and Light for your final journey Home. Sincere condolences to the family,

  • Morley was special and touched the hearts of many.May the great compassion he showed to others now be shown to his family at this time of great loss.

  • Morley was one of my teachers in junior high in Tatamagouche. It was a really warm day so must have been either early September or June. Anyway, I had my head down on my desk. Morley asked me a question, I raised my head and answered him. It must have been correct because I put my head back down. He was our minister in Bayhead, and he was loved by all. Also our organist for awhile as well. He was so patient when he was teaching our choir of mostly kids a new song. Please accept Allen and my deepest condolences. RIP Mr. Bentley. Laurie and Allen Treen

  • I met Morley as the United Church Minister at Harmony United Church. He was one of the kindest men you'd ever meet. I remember Morley to be extremely understanding and compassionate. One year, my sister Debbie and I had to decorate the Church for the Thanksgiving Service that Sunday. We were Sunday School teachers and our class made these hands cut out of construction paper all in an array of colors. Well, I guess we made a bit too many and had them all over the Church. Both of us were at our cottage for Thanksgiving, so we weren't there to hear Morley speak of all the hands everwhere !! LOL The congregation had a good belly laugh !! R.I.P dear man. I send my condolences to his family . xo

  • He was a wonderful man. My deepest condolences to his family. Stephanie Colwell

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