On Sunday, August 2, 1964, M.W. Bro. Henry Benjamin Morley passed away in his Penticton home at the age of ninety.
He was born in Ontario in April, 1874, came to British Columbia in the late nineties, and lived in Vancouver and Armstrong prior to settling in Penticton in 1917.
In 1919 he was elected President of the Penticton Board of Trade, in 1924 he served as its Secretary and resumed the office in 1941, to remain in it until his retirement in December, 1940; he was named Penticton's Citizen of the Year for 1950; he was a former Mayor of Penticton, a Charter Member of the Canadian Club and eventually one of its Honorary Members.
His masonic career commenced in Zeta Lodge No. 410, Toronto, Ontario; subsequently he affiliated with Cascade Lodge No. 12, Vancouver, in 1904 and served as its Worshipful Master in 1915 and 1916; he was also associated with Spallumcheen Lodge No. 13, Southern Gate Lodge No. 124, Orion Lodge No. 51 wherein he served as Secretary from 1924 to 1927, and in Penticton Lodge No. 147 in which he was a Founder member. In 1919 he was appointed D.D.G.M. of District No. 9; was elected Junior Grand Warden of Grand Lodge in 1928 and in 1931-1932 served as its Grand Master.
He is survived by his wife Mary, at home, and two sons, Alan and Glenn of Vancouver.
M.W. Bro. Morley was a true gentleman. His kindly interest in others and his friendly manner to everyone endeared him to all who knew him. He was beloved by his Brethren in Freemasonry and will be greatly missed by them.
Editorial writer, Alan Morley penned a tribute to his father in The Vancouver Sun on Sunday, August 5, 1964.