Monday April 22, 2013
BURSEY, Morley Byron Passed away peacefully on April 21, 2013 at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John's, NFLD aged 101. Predeceased by wives Catherine and Mary, his daughter Edith, brothers Harold and Lester, sisters Blanche and Sadie and grandson John. Left to mourn are sons and daughters-in-law Morley (Derick) and Maxine in St. John's, and James and Kate in Ancaster, grandsons Paul, Peter, Wayne, Lauren and Mark, great-grandchildren Katie, Mathew, and Rebecca, sisters Joan Herder and Jenny Doughty, and a large number of relatives and friends around the world. Morley was one of Newfoundland's most distinguished citizens, having been a member of the Commission of Government in the 1930s, after which he represented Newfoundland in Jamaica and New York. During the war he represented the British Empire at the Allied Food Commission, following which he was Newfoundland Representative to the United States in New York. Upon Newfoundland joining Canada in 1949, he transferred to the Canadian Diplomatic Service, representing Canada for the next twenty-seven years in New York, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Norway, Argentina, Greece and Turkey, Sweden, Chicago and Detroit, as Commercial Councillor, Consul General, High Commissioner or Ambassador. After his retirement in 1976, he began a fourteen-year second career representing the Canadian Automotive Parts industry as Executive Director of the APMA, and with this responsibility was heavily involved in framing the automotive portion of NAFTA, and the growth of the Japanese automotive manufacturing industry in Canada. He has continued to represent the Canadian automotive parts industry as APMA Honourary Executive Director. A proud member of the McGill University Hockey Team, he was also the longest serving member of the Whiteway Masonic Lodge. An avid golfer and sailor, he will be remembered by many in Norway and Sweden for building significant good will through his volunteer activities at both the Royal Swedish and Norwegian Yacht Clubs. Politically active in retirement, he will be missed by his friends at the Albany Club in Toronto. His Family thanks the staff at Tiffany Retirement Village, where he resided since Dec., 2011, for their kindness to him and to the Nursing staff at Health Sciences 5NA, for their attention to his needs while in Hospital. After a life filled with adventure he will be greatly missed by us all! Visitations will be at Barrett's Funeral Home, 328 Hamilton Ave., St. John's on Tuesday, April 23 at 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service on Wednesday, April 24 at 2pm from Barrett's Chapel. Morley will be interred in Ontario, where a service of remembrance will be held in early May. Please visit www.barretts.ca to sign the memorial guest book.