It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that Russell Morse passed away two weeks ago.
Russell was a friend of mine from school at Bishops, and a colleague at both Coronation and Clan Capital. His life was changed as the result of a car accident at the age of 20, leaving him with quadriplegia. He was an incredible man who dealt with his physical limitations and related frustrations through adopting a positive mind-set. Despite the many challenges, he successfully entered the world of investments, made his way up the pecking order at leading institutions, and held pivotal positions within specialist teams at both Coronation and Sanlam over the last 20 years.
Last year we joined forces again to build his career as an investment advisor. We worked as a team in meeting clients, attending fund management presentations, and analysing companies. We enjoyed his positive attitude, market knowledge, and desire to make a difference within our business. It was early days in a new and challenging relationship, but the signs were good, and he would have made a superb investment advisor to his clients. We will miss his professional contribution, particularly his international equity insights given his 20 years of top line market experience.
However, mostly I will miss his friendship, particularly his sense of humour, and the bond we have had since his accident 32 years ago to the day of his funeral. He was a large man, with a strong mind, and a deep love for his family, friends, and animals. He leaves a big hole in many lives.
I was privileged to be asked to speak at Russell’s funeral at Bishops last Thursday – a very sad occasion, but a fitting send off in a magnificent setting, with his family and friends highlighting his courage and bravery Russell Morse-Eulogy-20161103