Fundraiser launched to give Margate’s Maurice Morris ‘a good send off’

Maurice Morris Photo Carl Hudson

A  fundraiser has been launched to ensure a good send off for Margate’s Maurice Morris who died last month aged 91.

Maurice had lived his entire life in Margate and was a much-loved and well-known character.

Mick and Shirley Tomlinson have been looking out for Maurice for more than 20 years since he underwent chemo treatment for cancer and then went into remission. Mick had known Maurice since their days at Dreamland in the 60s.

Photo Peter Barnett

Shirley and  Kay Eastoe, who also looked after Maurice, have now set up the appeal with the aim of raising £12,000. This will be used to pay for the funeral, headstone and a memorial bench.

Shirley said: “The funeral will have horses and we have booked double time at the crematorium as we are expecting so many people to come. We also need to pay for the celebrant, live streaming, a headstone and hopefully a bench. We want to give Maurice a good send off and we know he was well-loved and known by so many people.”

Maurice at Margate carnival Photo Frank Leppard

A date for the funeral has not yet been set but it is expected to be in May to ensure two of Maurice’s close friends who are abroad until the end of this month are able to attend.

From the 1950s to 1990s Maurice worked in various roles at Dreamland, including as an usher at the cinema. He was also known to many of the big bands who came to Dreamland in the 60s and 70s, , including The Who and The Yardbirds,  as he would bring in their equipment.

Maurice with Shirley at his 90th Photo Frank Leppard

Maurice was a regular at Margate events and most years could be seen at Margate carnival in his Pearly King suit – which he is expected to be dressed in for the funeral – and at parades such as Margate Pride.

He was also known for delivering local papers and was a much loved resident of Dane Valley, receiving a Dane Valley citizen award in 2017 in a scheme launched by the then-ward councillors.

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  1. It’s very sad news that Maurice has passed away, such a character of Margate should be remembered for his contribution. £12,000 is alot of money to raise but I think TDC and Dreamland should donate £3,000 each towards his memory. Let’s see if they come up with the money and would be nice to see a bench on the seafront, all costs of installing the bench/benches waved by TDC.

    • Not remotely a lot of money-seeing how much has been wasted on local ‘art’ such as the Turner, Dreamland, Ramsgate Port etc.

  2. If all the people who have said how sad on the the web pages put their money where their mouth is the fund will be well on its way. He was a symbol of Margate long before other people tried to make their presence felt, basically a man of the people. Live dangerously, part with the cost of a posh coffee and show where the true heart of Margate is.

  3. Council should install the bench and get bench out of there budget.
    12 grand is a massive amount of money to fund. I’m not saying Maurice doesn’t deserve a great send off, but there could be ways it wouldn’t have to cost that much

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