Obituary: Oliver J. Morris (1914-1982)

Publication: Evesham Journal, 1982

Mr. Oliver John Morris, of Wisteria Cottage, 6 The Green, Broadway, who died on Saturday, aged 68, belonged to one of the oldest families in the village which had long been associated with local history and topography. The son of the late John Morris, grocer and antiquary, he was educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School and went first into the family business. After the Second World War, in which he served in North Africa and Italy as an artillery an, he chose an outdoor life and became a gardener. He pursued the same antiquarian and natural history interests that had distinguished his father, and was respected as an authority on Broadway, its architecture, flowers, and trees, which made him a popular speaker to local societies. He joined the North Cotswold Wardens organisation on its foundation, and also served as a Parish Councillor for many years. He married, in 1947, Josephine Larkin of Roscommon in Southern Ireland who had moved to Broadway shortly before the war.