Benjamin Sanami Morrill
6 Feb. 1975 – 2 May 2013
Benjamin lived with much determination and character. We have all suffered a great loss. I truly wish we could explain the feelings of pride and beauty that move through us in great waves in reflecting on the story of his life. We cannot believe this has happened.
Ben was born at Meteghan River, Nova Scotia, February 6th, 1975. During his younger years he was home-schooled and grew up in nature on the banks of the Kouchibouguac river in New Brunswick. Ben was a person with few words but keen observations. He had a highly developed sense of curiosity and a thirst for learning that led him to travel far and wide picking up rare skills and many languages. He graduated from PVSS in Armstrong BC in 1992, and later completed a degree in linguistics from the University of Alberta. Ben traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. He studied in France and Japan and then began to teach in Japan, Taiwan, and China.
During his time in Japan he became involved in traditional theater and dance, continuing to hone his fine appreciation for rural pottery techniques and aesthetics. He published a book: Traditional Japanese Dances of Himeshima in 2004. He was an active environmentalist. He was an artisan dedicated to raw materials that he used to communicate his great appreciation for nature. Ben had an acutely sensitive connection to nature, and often found it difficult to face people in the present lifestyle, which we so blindly pursue.
In his wish to share what is healthy and just with the world, he was constantly studying the Internet, pursuing a great interest in communication. He was a very active founding member of Potters Without Borders and believed strongly in the rights of people to have access to clean drinking water, rather than for it to be corrupted and polluted by greed and corporate interest. He knew the importance of these things.
After spending years living in Asia, he married and had a daughter in China. He was a tender and attentive father amazing us all with his deep capacity to express love and support for his little girl. He is predeceased by his father Don and survived by his wife Fei, his daughter Wu-xi, his mother Isao, his brother Kai, and many friends and students who have been touched by his sincerity, kindness, and wisdom.
We miss him so much. May some of the seeds he scattered sprout in each of us.