Obituary - Don Morphy, Former Owner of Morphy Containers Ltd., past President of AICC
Monday, November 26, 2018
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
In this photo taken at AICC’s 1985 Spring Meeting in Washington, Don Morphy (right) of Morphy Containers Ltd., serving that year as AICC President, presents Robert Sharfstein, then President of Pride Container Corp. in Chicago, with two airline tickets to AICC’s fall meeting in Colorado Springs
Donald G. Morphy, 83, former owner of Morphy Containers Ltd., London, Ontario, and a Past President of AICC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 24, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London.
After attending The University of Western Ontario, Don spent his life in the corrugated box business, starting in 1956 at Canadian International Paper Co. in London. In 1965 he moved to Quigley Containers in Waterloo as plant manager. In 1970 he started his own company, Morphy Containers Ltd. in London with three people. The company employed approximately 130 people when it was sold in 2009.
Don was a member of the London West Rotary Club in the early 60’s. Later he was on the board of directors of the London Chamber of Commerce, London Junior Achievement and Museum London. He was quite involved with AICC and AICC Canada, serving as president of the Canadian region and also the international group of 13 regions in 1984-85. He was inducted into the AICC Canada Hall of Fame in 2010. Don’s son, Brad Morphy, following in his father’s footsteps of service to the Association, served as Chairman of AICC in 2008-2009.
Don loved cars and was a member of the Porsche Club of America (Upper Canada Region). He participated in many Driver Education events at road tracks such as Mosport, Watkins Glen and Shannonville. Special thanks to the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice.
He is survived by his wife Cathy, two sons, Brad (Kimberly) and Rod (Deb), and one daughter Cheryl Payne (Todd) and a stepson, Justin Pilgrim. Also surviving are his brothers Nelson Morphy (Janice) of London and John Morphy (Fran) of Oakville, as are his grandchildren Addison, Victoria and Michael.
The funeral service will be conducted at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond on Wednesday, November 28 at 12 noon, with visitation preceding from 11am-12 noon. Reception to follow. Interment Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, www.cancer.ca, or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 485 Windermere Road, P.O. Box 1449, Station B, London, ON N6A 5M2 CANADA.