[From Manx Quarterly, #26, 1921]


Quite a gloom was cast over the neighbourhood of Barrow Island when it became known that Mr Thomas Radcliff Morrison had passed away. Mr Morrison had been suffering for some months with heart trouble, but was making strides towards recovery, and his medical adviser had hopes of an ultimate restoration. On June 18th, the deceased, who was identified with the Institute connected with the Church of St. John, was engaged supervising a billiard tournament in the Church Hall, cad he appeared to be in the best of spirit;. On the conclusion of the match, Mr Morrison accompanied a gentleman friend home, and whilst crossing Anchor-road, he had a seizure which necessitated his removal to his friend's home, where he expired in a few minutes. Mr Morrison was a son of Mr Morrison, of Andreas, and Waterloo-road, Ramsey. When a young man, he served his apprenticeship as a fitter at Clague's Iron Foundry, Ramsey. Coining to Barrow about 21 years ago, he obtained a post as fitter in the ships engineering department, and during the great war he wan principally engaged in the construction of submarines. Soon after his arrival in Barrow, Mr Morrison identified himself with church work, and became a sidesman at St. John's Church, a position which he retained up to the time of his death. He was also an expert lanternist. On the formation of a Manx Society in Barrow, he became a member, and on the retirement of Mr Wm. Watson from the hon: treasurership, he was unanimously elected to succeed him. He was a staunch teetotaler, and a member of the Order of Rechabites, but was extremely broad in his views. Being of a kindly and sympathetic nature, he was beloved by all who knew him, and especially by his fellow-countrymen.

The funeral took place on Tuesday and was largely attended. The surpliced choir of St. John's Church assembled outside the deceased's residence, and sang " Rock of Ages," and then walked in procession to the church, where the first port ,on of the service was held, conducted by the Rev - Stevens (vicar), assisted lay the Rev - Whiteley (curate). The hymns, " Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost," and " On the Resurrection Morn," were sung inside the church, and the organist (Mr Arnold Harry) played the " Dead March " in " Saul." The bearers from the house to the church were Messrs A. Wilson, J. Gould, T. Edmondson, W. Parker, J. Hughes, and H. Howitt, sidesmen and members of the Instaute; the bearers to the graveside were Mr H. C. F. Lace (hon. sec.), Mr R. Collister (trustee), Mr Wm. Killip (member of committee), and Mr John James Kelly, all representatives of the Barrow Manx Society. The principal mourners were the widow, Mrs F. Haddy, Mr and Mrs Dick e (brother-is-law and sister), Miss D ckie (niece), and Mr and Mrs Stephen Haddy. Amongst those present were Mr Corlett, Mr and Mrs Cross, Mrs Magee, Mr and Mrs James Teare, Mr and Mrs Burden, Mrs Kelly, Mrs J. Fox, Mrs Kinrade, Mrs Kelly, Commander Bisset (churchwarden), Mr George Parker (churchwarden), Mr Robertson (manager, Vickers', Ltd.) (sidesman), Messrs McLinden, T. Edmondson, J. Quiltliam, W. Park, Burden, F. Kinrade, W. Parkinson, and Mrs Moughtin. Wreaths were sent from the Barrow Manx Society, the Wardens , Mr and Mrs Dickie and family, "Tom," "Jim," "Bert and friends," Mr and Mrs Haddy, the Clergy, the Wardens, the Sidesmen, the members of the Parish Council, Mr and Mrs James Teare, and the members of the Church Institute


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