John Morgan 1943 — 2021

John Morgan

BA (U of Manitoba) MBA (Queen’s U)

Nov.29,1943- Apr.14, 2021 Kamloops BC

John Frederick Morgan was a force to be reckoned with in the business world. His passion was empowering motivated people long before it was widely acceptable. This brought his career to its height being the President of Labatt Breweries. From Formula 1 cars, fine dining and enjoying downtime watching horses he was always patiently waiting for success on the sidelines. He spent his life traveling, living and working all over the world, growing businesses, sitting on boards, teaching business at SFU and having a family.

He leaves his wife of 50 yrs, Lynne, daughters Jen, Kathryn (Gavin), Heather (Alex) and two grandchildren Ethan and Charlie, his sister Karen (Tim) and brother Wayne (Karen).

John led a full life that made stories. As anyone who has eaten with him knows, his favorite past time was telling these wild tales over a few drinks. We ask that you take a moment to tell a story, and if you don’t have a good one it’s time to make one. Raise a glass and enjoy life as he did, ‘just peachey’.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, who helped so much through his struggle with the disease.

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18 Tributes

  1. Peter Bromley
    Posted April 24, 2021 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    My moment with John taught me leaders in business can be humane, kind, encouraging, selfless and committed to the greater good.

    I am grateful for knowing him.

    Peace to all during this time.

  2. Leo Gallant
    Posted April 24, 2021 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    My sympathies on your loss.
    I have fond memories of our days at Queen’s.

  3. Robert Madden
    Posted April 24, 2021 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Lynne–I am so sorry for your loss. John was a really nice guy who I liked from the moment I met him back when we were all students at Queens. I also remember visiting your home in Mississauga back in the early 90’s…I was so impressed with you both as a couple and as parents. I wish you and your family well in navigating through this rough patch. Sincerely, Bob Madden. ’71

  4. Jan Atkinson Hall
    Posted April 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry to read of John’s passing and of his struggles with Alzheimer’s. My two older brothers, Jim and David, and I grew up in Parkview Hills…we lived at #39 and the Morgans lived at #49. John was a little older than us. My friendship was with Karen and, of course, the parents who kindly allowed us to swim in their backyard pool. Such a fabulous place to grow up. So many good times. Cherish the memories.

  5. Tom Kennedy
    Posted April 25, 2021 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    We miss his sense of fun and his curiosity. A conversation was always an adventure! Our best wishes to Lynne, Jen, Katie, and Heather together with their families.

  6. Grant Clark
    Posted April 25, 2021 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Lynne, we have wonderful memories of you and John and your family, from the days we were neighbours in Mississauaga and our children became friends. We also fondly recall visting you in England when John was responsible for Labatts in Europe.So sorry to hear of his passing, much too early. Grant and Beverley

  7. Jason Sheldon
    Posted April 25, 2021 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear Lynne. My mom and I were sharing stories this morning when you all first met and the great times you had, and then the amazing trips I had as a kid going to Montreal for the F1 races. Shawna and I still talk about our honeymoon road trip west and you and John’s incredible hospitality when we arrived – we felt so welcomed. Thinking of you and your family.

    Joan, Shawna, and Jason

  8. Tom Driedger
    Posted April 30, 2021 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    I was sorry to read of John’s passing. We were classmates at Queen’s and from the first day it was clear he would be the success he was in all aspects of life – business, family and community. My condolences to Lynne and the family.

    Tom Driedger

  9. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Leo. We had a good group and lots of memories.

  10. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Peter. He was special

  11. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Bob. The girls and families all live here in Kamloops now and have been a tremendous support through his struggle.

  12. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jan. I have heard many stories of the back yard pool exploits.

  13. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Grant. Hope you are all well.

  14. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Jason. We did have good times and many good memories.

  15. Lynne Morgan
    Posted May 19, 2021 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Tom. Once he set his mind to something, there was no stopping him.

  16. Anne Marie Stoneham
    Posted June 15, 2021 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Dear Lynne, My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband John. You may remember Michael Stoneham and Anne Marie from the Queen’s MBA days. Michael passed away 13 days after John on April 27 his 75th birthday after a long battle with Cancer.

    If you would like to see Michael’s obituary go to Ferguson Funeral Home, Meaford, Ontario.

  17. Lynne Morgan
    Posted June 16, 2021 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Anne Marie, Yes I do remember and my condolences to you as well. Mike was a character. Cancer is certainly no fun. Those Queens years hold a lot of good memories.

  18. Gordon Kerr
    Posted April 3, 2022 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I just found out about John. We were at UofM together, the two of us shared an apartment in our post grad year, kept a bit in touch over the decades via snail mail, then eMail, and Christmas cards. Our careers took much different paths, but we managed to connect periodically over the decades for lunch, or dinner with our spouses. Always gracious, insightful, and inquisitive. Memories are timeless. Lynne and family, my profound condolences. I regret being almost a year after.

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