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Dr. Ron McGowan presents retiring Grandfather Mountain Highland Games President, Ross
Morrison, with the Agnes MacRae Morton and Donald MacDonald Founders Award in July of this
year. Photo by Bruce Morrison

Originally published: 2013-10-16 16:29:51
Last modified: 2013-10-16 16:30:36

Highland Games’ longtime president Ross Morrison dies

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When Ross McKinnon Morrison Jr. passed away on Oct. 5, Clan Morrison lost one of its brightest lights and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games lost one of its best friends, a man who had been involved with the Games for 53 years and had served as its president for the past 16 years.

Former Games general manager Frank Vance best expressed the sentiments of all who knew Ross when he said, “It is the end of an era.”

In July, at this year’s Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Patrons’ Reception, Ross, who had been in declining health, stepped down as president and passed the office to Sandy Jones, who has probably done more than anyone else to further piping in America. That night, Ross was given the Agnes MacRae Morton and Donald MacDonald Founders Award for his years of service. Ross told his cousin, Fred Morrison, that he was more proud of that award than of any other he had ever been given.

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