'Mr Maitland' leaves a lasting legacy
The term ‘Mr Maitland’ is really something that Milton lived up to. Over the years he was a man who wore many hats but one of those was always as an advocate for the community. As the local state member for nearly 25 years and a government Minister for over ten of those years, he fought hard for the people of our city and there would be few who have lived here for any length of time that haven't at least heard of him.
His life in public service continued on after politics though. He would be known to many for his work as Chairman and a tireless advocate for the Hunter Valley Training Company, a trade college that has for decades, trained up apprentices that are sought after in many local industries.
Being appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘services to youth and to the Parliament’ in 1988 was only the beginning of the recognition he received, and greatly deserved, for the work he did in the community. He was bestowed the honour of Freeman of the City in 1994, an honour that is only awarded to those who have demonstrated the highest level of service to our community.
Milton Morris is definitely one of those few people that I can say you never heard a bad word about. A huge figure in the community who has for a long time, been held in high esteem. Respected by all and revered in many circles he will be greatly missed.
To Milton’s family and friends, I would like to offer my condolences. I hope you take some comfort in knowing that he touched the lives of so many in such a positive way.
Rest in Peace ‘Mr Maitland’ safe in the knowledge that your being here made the world a better place.