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This verse was fully evident in the life of Edmond Raymond Morris, December 29, 1961-October 18, 2023.
Ed rejoiced in living life fully each day. And throughout his years you were truly blessed to share in it with him. Basking in his adventurous journeys, quick witted sense of humor and love; genuine love for everyone he encountered but especially so for Jesus Christ, his fiancée Julie A. Oldenbroek, son Ayden Morris, siblings, family and friends. He is remembered, and his life celebrated for the gift it was and his witness of faith, as he encountered the daunting diagnosis of multiple cancers. By the grace of God, he exceeded every medical “prediction” and devoted each new day to sharing his unwavering faith. Knowing his eternal destiny was secure.
Ed will forever be remembered for his charismatic character, unwavering faith and love for his family and friends.
He was predeceased by his extraordinary Irish Catholic parents, Charles and Marcella Morris. Their love for each other, their children and church community was the cornerstone of his life. Ed embraced his heritage and their values guided him throughout his life.
He shared a deep love, based on their mutual commitment to Jesus Christ, with his fiancée Julie A. Oldenbroek. Their love for each other knew no boundaries and was given and received unconditionally.
Ed was an extremely devoted, hard working, and loving father to his son Ayden (partner Lillian De Tar). Their special bond was evident in the many memories captured on video and film. Ed deeply treasured being a father, and his legacy will continue on through his son.
Born the eighth of nine children, his family included cherished siblings: Jim Morris (Chris Morse); Tim Morris (Jeff Sherwood); Sallyanne Morris (Jim Foltz); Mary Jo Cole (Jerry); Terry Morris; Peggy Candela (Vic) and deceased sisters Colleen Smith (John) and Ellen Laurentius (Lou).
He was favorite “Uncle Eddy” known through a song he created, and taught to all of his nieces/nephews and their children. This includes: Emily Morris (Bob Nisi), Kristin Kanaar (Scott; Avery, Maya), Marie Szczepkowski (Dean; Kaleb (Rachel), Kennedy, Kreagan, Klare), JJ Smith, Greg Candela (Kat; Liam, Luca), Grant Cole (Megan; Harper, Wyatt), Billy Smith (Megan) Aaron Laurentius (fiancée Victoria Norris), Tess Posh (Ryan; Cana, Jude), Tyler Laurentius (fiancée Jessica Bolz), Abby Laurentius and Nathan Morris (deceased).
Julie’s children: Brandon Oldenbroek (Brooke; Louis, Maeve) and Stacy Oldenbroek along with her brother: Kirk Constanti (Michelle), welcomed Ed into their lives and rejoiced in his love for Julie.
Ed was a dedicated friend, known for his sense of humor, loyalty and fun filled spirit. His passions included; radio broadcasting, sports (Go Lions!), outdoor activities, especially hiking, fishing and kayaking, playing (and frequently winning!) backgammon/board games/corn hole and a good pint of Guiness (best served during a trip to Ireland) or an All Day IPA.
He shared friendships, spanning five decades with: George Jankowski, Brian Elandt, Brian Miencier, Tim Sullivan, Jameel Mansour and John Donahue. His devotion to his friends included Larry Nehasil (policeman deceased in the line of duty) and he was instrumental in establishing a Livonia park in Larry’s memory.
During his cancer diagnosis Ed received exceptional care through the Lemmen Holton Cancer Center from Dr. Mark Campbell, Tara Webb, Dr. Andrew Sochacki, Miranda Iacopelli and their respective teams. Compassionate care was also provided by Timothy A. Sparling/Corewell Palliative Care and the dedicated team from Hospice of Michigan.
As a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Jenison, MI he participated in the Eucharist ministry and provided meal services to underprivileged West Michigan communities, through which he built a special relationship with John Koronko and Father Phong Pham.
Ed lived a life devoted to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, volunteering in various outreach ministries to share his beliefs and providing witness to others. It is
his family’s request that Ed’s ministry continue and in lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Sister Caroline Tuition Assistance Fund (noting IN MEMORY OF EDMOND MORRIS on your donation) at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church, benefitting Catholic primary education.
Ed’s cousin, Father Eric Zimmer will officiate his Funeral Services on Thursday, November 02, 2023. Rosary service to be held at 1:00pm followed by a 2:00pm Mass at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church, 11311 Hubbard, Livonia, Michigan, where Ed’s family has been worshipping since 1924.