In memory of
William Louis Morden
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In memory of
William Louis Morden
William Louis Morden March 20,1928 - Jan. 29,2018 Resident of Santa Cruz County William "Bill" lived a long and fulfilling life and died peacefully on Monday, January 29th, with his wife and daughter at his side. He was born March 20, 1928 and raised in the Great Lakes area of Northern Ontario, on the Manitoulin Island - the largest Island in fresh water in the world. Bill was the first born in a family of 8 and spent his 1st birthday in his father's logging camp where his mother was the cook. At age 16 he spent the summer working at his Uncle's fishing station in Lake Superior. After World War II ended, he sailed as a deckhand and watchman on the MS Blue Cross, an oil tanker carrying crude oil from Sarnia, Ontario to Ohio. At this time the tankers went on strike and he went home to the farm and re-built the hay barn - quite an accomplishment for a teenager. Bill loved the water and aspired be a Sea Captain, but life events led him in a different direction. At age 18 he left the farm for the big city of Toronto, where he worked and attended the Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, graduating at age 21. Shortly after college he spent his time helping Pastors and Missionaries in the far regions of Northern Ontario building schools and churches. His wife remembers him speaking at her church and 10 years later they met at a church in Toronto. They were married in 1962 and in 1966 they packed up and moved to Santa Cruz, where their daughter was born. Here he got his contractors license and worked in the building trades for over 55 years. He was fortunate to become associated with numerous local contractors and maintained good working relationships for many years. Friends called him "Miracle Morden- a man that could fix absolutely anything, was the most creative man with a hammer and nail." "Mr Quiet- the most Christ-like person we have known-loving, giving, caring and comforting.""Just to know him- share life with him and work with him was an extraordinary privilege" "We will always miss him" Bill was an active member of Aptos Assembly of God for over 50 years and built the current church at 7200 Freedom Blvd. He was also a 35 year member of the Gideons International, founded in 1899, with members in 201 countries. They are best known for placing Bibles, in over 100 different languages, in hotels and various other places. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn of Felton, daughter Cheryl (Gerald) Paquette, grandson Dane William Paquette of Ben Lomond. Also survived by his brother Harvey(Carol), sister Shirley(Ross) Anderson and many nieces and nephews, most residing in Canada. He was predeceased by his sister Nora Beck, brothers James, Ernest, George and Robert. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. His ashes will be traveling back to Canada in the summer. Contributions in Bill's name may be made to Gideons International , PO Box 1116, Freedom, CA 95019 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. View the online memorial for William Louis Morden
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In memory of
William Louis Morden
William Louis Morden March 20,1928 - Jan. 29,2018 Resident of Santa Cruz County William "Bill" lived a long and fulfilling life and died peacefully on Monday, January 29th, with his wife and daughter at his side. He was born March 20, 1928 and raised in the Great Lakes area of Northern Ontario, on the Manitoulin Island - the largest Island in fresh water in the world. Bill was the first born in a family of 8 and spent his 1st birthday in his father's logging camp where his mother was the cook. At age 16 he spent the summer working at his Uncle's fishing station in Lake Superior. After World War II ended, he sailed as a deckhand and watchman on the MS Blue Cross, an oil tanker carrying crude oil from Sarnia, Ontario to Ohio. At this time the tankers went on strike and he went home to the farm and re-built the hay barn - quite an accomplishment for a teenager. Bill loved the water and aspired be a Sea Captain, but life events led him in a different direction. At age 18 he left the farm for the big city of Toronto, where he worked and attended the Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, graduating at age 21. Shortly after college he spent his time helping Pastors and Missionaries in the far regions of Northern Ontario building schools and churches. His wife remembers him speaking at her church and 10 years later they met at a church in Toronto. They were married in 1962 and in 1966 they packed up and moved to Santa Cruz, where their daughter was born. Here he got his contractors license and worked in the building trades for over 55 years. He was fortunate to become associated with numerous local contractors and maintained good working relationships for many years. Friends called him "Miracle Morden- a man that could fix absolutely anything, was the most creative man with a hammer and nail." "Mr Quiet- the most Christ-like person we have known-loving, giving, caring and comforting.""Just to know him- share life with him and work with him was an extraordinary privilege" "We will always miss him" Bill was an active member of Aptos Assembly of God for over 50 years and built the current church at 7200 Freedom Blvd. He was also a 35 year member of the Gideons International, founded in 1899, with members in 201 countries. They are best known for placing Bibles, in over 100 different languages, in hotels and various other places. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn of Felton, daughter Cheryl (Gerald) Paquette, grandson Dane William Paquette of Ben Lomond. Also survived by his brother Harvey(Carol), sister Shirley(Ross) Anderson and many nieces and nephews, most residing in Canada. He was predeceased by his sister Nora Beck, brothers James, Ernest, George and Robert. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. His ashes will be traveling back to Canada in the summer. Contributions in Bill's name may be made to Gideons International , PO Box 1116, Freedom, CA 95019 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. View the online memorial for William Louis Morden
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