Vale Peter Alexander Morris

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on October 11, 2019

Peter Morris lived life to its fullest, embracing a range of arts from music to photography along with his motorcycle and media exploits. Here we celebrate his life.

FORMER editor of the Weekender, media advisor and musician Peter Morris will be remembered as a motorcycle-mad, fun-loving and kind-hearted gentleman at a service in Albany next week.

Mr Morris passed away last Thursday aged 58 after a 15-month battle with stage four stomach cancer.

It started with an unusual stomach ache in July 2018 and led to Mr Morris undergoing 21 rounds of chemotherapy.

A recent fundraising effort to raise $55,000 to pay for immunotherapy for Mr Morris was supported by 43 donors who contributed nearly $4000 within two months.

Unfortunately, Mr Morris was unable to receive this treatment.

He was surrounded by friends and family at Albany Community Hospice when he passed, leaving behind partner Carol, sons Kit and Jake, mother Ann and brother Richard.

His family remember him as a keen cyclist, motorcyclist, art enthusiast and musician who loved working as an archaeologist’s assistant when he was young before being a researcher for Getty Images in the UK, working in educational publishing, shaking up the 1980s English alternative music scene and volunteering with numerous Great Southern environmental organisations.

“My dad lived harder in his tragically short life than most people do,” eldest son Kit said.

“He lived life to its fullest and touched many people’s lives.

“He was a kind-hearted gentleman who left the world in a way that kept his dignity, which was very important to him, completely intact.

“We are immensely proud of how bravely he tackled the disease that took his life.”

An outpouring of grief for the well-known photographer and guitarist has continued as his family prepares to say goodbye on Tuesday.

Mr Morris played with The Toyboyz for three years and member Dave Morrison said his death was a sad loss to the Albany music scene.

“We knew his talents were way better than what he was doing with us,” he said.

“Pete was a great guy to gig with, always had a smile and a joke and a story to tell.

“You were so strong right to the end.

“Rest easy, your battle is over.”

Weekender Managing Director Mark Loveridge said he was deeply saddened to hear about Mr Morris’s passing.

“I know how much he meant to our staff here and about the positive impact he made on the paper,” he said.

“He was a respected hard worker and I give my sincerest condolences to his family.”

After working at the Weekender from September 2016 to June 2017, Mr Morris was the media advisor for Federal MP Rick Wilson.

Mr Wilson hopes to honour Mr Morris’s memory.

“Peter was a much-loved member of my team,” he said.

“He will be missed and in honour of Peter and his photographic journalism skills, I have selected one of his pieces to be highlighted in the annual O’Connor calendar.”

Mr Morris will be remembered at a service at Bethany Funeral Home on October 15 at 10.30am.