Ken Morton

Teacher, theatre enthusiast dies

A FORMER Terrace teacher and theatre enthusiast has died.

A FORMER Terrace teacher and theatre enthusiast has died.

Ken Morton, who came to Terrace in 1969 with his wife Lorna and two sons, died after a lengthy illness Feb. 9 in White Rock.

His family said he never forgot his true friends of many years in Terrace.

Morton had a lifelong passion for the theatre, having played various roles on stage and behind the scenes with Terrace Little Theatre and then in White Rock after he and Lorna moved there in 1992.

He loved the outdoors, and travelled the world, especially in retirement.

Morton was born in 1927 and raised in Birkenhead, England where he taught school as he did in Malaysia and then here.

Ken was active with various community-theatre groups in Austria, Germany and England.

While with the British armed forces overseas, he was responsible for promoting theatre on several army bases.

He and Lorna married in 1951.

After they came to Terrace, Morton and his wife became involved in the Terrace Little Theatre (TLT) where he participated in more than 32 productions. The pair raised money for the McColl Playhouse, the home of TLT. He was an honourary lifetime member of TLT.

In 1992 Morton was named best director in the province for the farce “Living Together” and the production won runner-up to best play. He received many awards and much recognition for his work in theatre.

Marianne Brorup Weston, a member of Terrace Little Theatre, said on behalf of the theatre and all the patrons who enjoyed his productions, “…may I humbly say, ‘We sweep the stage for you.’”

A celebration of Morton’s life will be held March 3 from 2-5 at the Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock.