The Auckland football community is today mourning the loss of Kiri Frederick Morris, a former president of the Auckland Soccer Referees Association and winner of an Auckland Football Federation Long Service Medal in 2008. Morris, 83, passed away on November 23.
“Kiri Morris blazed a trail as a match official and active member of the Referee’s Committee,” said AFF CEO Bill MacGowan.
“He will be remembered as a committed administrator and match official and also as a proud New Zealander.
“On behalf of the football community, our condolences go to the Morris family and friends.”
Born at Pakari, Morris was proud of his Maori heritage and this was reflected in his involvement in sport as a player of not only but also hockey. He was a proficient sailor and also practiced archery.
A funeral service for Morris was held at his Omaha marae, Leigh.
A dearly loved Kaumatua, husband (of the late Deborah), father, father-in-law and grandfather, Morris is remembered with affection and respect by Lynn-Elisabeth and Stephen Hill, Paula Morris and Tom Moody, Stephen Morris, Matthew Hill and Martha Carrillo and Rebecca Hill.
The Morris family ask that in lieu of flowers donations instead be made to St John Ambulance Private Bag 14902, Panmure, Auckland.
Kiri Frederick Morris
Born 8 November, 1933
Died 23 November, 2016
Auckland Soccer Referees Association
Secretary 1982 to 1991
Vice President 1991 & 1992
President 1993 and 1994
AFF Long Service Medal 2008
Match Official at NRFL level