November 11th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 44
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Coleman Legion’s last surviving World War Two veteran laid to rest
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Clarence Morrow
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Clarence Morrow, the Coleman Legion’s last surviving World War Two veteran, passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 89.

“He was a Legion member for many years,” said Ed Strembecki, president of the Coleman Legion, who said he was their last Legion member to have participated in the Second World War.

According to his obituary, Morrow was born Feb. 23, 1926 in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. He was the third of five children and he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces.

“He braved many conflicts and silently bore the memories of each struggle,” said his obituary. “His dedication for the freedoms and liberties we now enjoy is a testament to the courage and selflessness of this wonderful man.”

Carol Wasylien, Morrow’s daughter, said her father served in Germany and the Netherlands. She does not know much about her father’s wartime service but said the war was a haunting and disturbing time that he preferred not to talk about.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know that much about it,” she said. “He didn’t talk that much about it. A lot of people have asked me about this but he did not say those kind of things, even when I asked him.”
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Morrow’s life resembled the lives of many of the “Greatest Generation.” His obituary states he cherished his family and provided for them by working many jobs from police officer to coal miner. He was married to the same woman, Annie Thomson, from 1950 until the end of his life and had five children.

He was named Citizen of the Year in 1999, received the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the Palm Leaf Award for his work with the Legion.

A memorial service honouring his life was held Nov. 4 at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel in Blairmore. The Royal Canadian Legion provided a special tribute.
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