Morris Twist

Morris Twist

Sunday, February 22nd, 1942 - Friday, August 14th, 2020
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TWIST, Morris - Morris Twist passed away peacefully at the Guelph General Hospital on Friday, August 14, 2020 at the age of 78 years, surrounded by his wife and son, after a short battle with cancer.

Morris was the beloved husband of Annette Twist (née Brown) for 51 years, a loving father to James and Padraig, his daughter-in-law Claudia, and the cherished grandfather of Julian and Samuel.

Born in Ireland, Morris immigrated to Canada in 1960 at the age of 18 and soon became a buyer for the T. Eaton Company. After earning a Masters of Social Work at Wilfred Laurier University, Morris became the Executive Director of the Guelph United Way, a position he held for 35 years. He was a prolific volunteer in the Guelph community, holding various positions with a range of organizations, including as board member with Wyndham House, a member of the Legal Aid Appeal Committee, a member of the steering committee of the Guelph Community Foundation, community volunteer on the City of Guelph’s allocations committee, an intake worker at Sister Christine’s Drop-In-Centre and a case volunteer with terminally ill patients at Hospice, among many others activities.

Morris had many passions and hobbies. He became a skilled wood worker, making custom boxes for many of his friends and family. He loved roses, and together with Annette, they created a beautiful garden in the backyard of their Exhibition Park home, where they have lived for over 48 years. He was passionate, kind, generous, had an unrestrained sense of humour, and made lasting connections with so many people in the Guelph community.

Please join us for a service in celebration of the life of Morris Grant Twist on Saturday, August 29th, 2020, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

We will gather at the north end parking lot of Exhibition Park at 1:30, and walk in procession to the south end of the park, where we will gather for a short service and where you will have an opportunity to share your stories of Morris.

Due to COVID-19, we must follow strict safety protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing. Limited seating will be available for the service, however you are encouraged to bring your own seating (lawn chair, blanket) and any refreshments you may need to make yourself comfortable.

Cremation has taken place. If so desired, memorial donations to The United Way would be appreciated by the family. Online donations and condolences can be made at
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Noelle Valeriote-Hakim

Posted at 10:46pm
Dear Annette, James, Padraig and family,
Our family was very sad to hear of Morris' passing. I, in particular, can thank you and Morris for mentoring me from a very young age, into adulthood. From you both, generously including me in sign-language classes when I was in grade 5, all the way through to my pursuit of Social Work and doing my Master's in Public Admin [at Morris' strong encouragement ] at University. Morris' caring interest was always welcome, especially when I was making my way through my education and career. His sense of humour was a God-send during those long UW campaign days. His creative wood-working was a treat to see. Morris cared about people, and he cared very much about his family and the city he lived in. All of our lives are better because Morris walked among us. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Anne Moore

Posted at 11:27am
My condolences to the family of Morris Twist. I worked with Morris in the community for several years and always enjoyed his dedication to the work, his passion for equity, his intelligence and humour. Guelph has benefited from his good work. May he Rest In Peace.

Jamie Price

Posted at 06:44am
Morris was my mother's first cousin (and her favourite!). Although I didn't know him well, I remember how he and Annette showed us tremendous hospitality when we visited Ontario in the summer of '82.

My thoughts are with Annette, and the rest of the family at this time. It's lovely to think how fondly he will be remembered by his family and by the community in Guelph. Rest in Peace.

Jamie Price

Annette Posted at 03:38pm

Thank you for your note Jamie. I hope to visit with you and your mom in the future. Padraig and his family are very keen to come to Ireland in the future. Annette

Rachel Brown

Posted at 03:24pm
Uncle Morris was a true gem. I have many fond memories of laughing with him in the living room of the Exhibition Park home. I remember being in awe of him whenever he would speak with his wonderful tone of voice. While I wish I could be there on the 29th to celebrate his life alongside you, I am sending all of you love from the West Coast.

Terence A. Crowley

Posted at 02:29pm
A wonderful man who made a major mark on our city through his kindness and dedication. His memory will live on in our hearts. Condolences to his family, and especially to Annette. Terry Crowley

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