A service of thanksgiving for the life of The Reverend Bernard Lyn Morris was held on Wednesday 17th July at The Church of St Barnabus, Queen Camel, Somerset.

Lyn, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, passed away following a brief illness having returned home from a recent holiday with his wife Peggy.

Having joined the ATC in 1943 Lyn maintained a keen interest in aviation which led to him joining the RAF shortly after the end of the second world war. Whilst serving in the RAF he qualified as a radio mechanic and worked on both Mosquito and Lancaster aircraft. Lyn’s demobilisation was delayed until 1949 due to the Berlin Airlift.

Following a brief career in advertising he was ordained into the Church of England, his first parish being one in Manchester. Ordination enabled the now Reverend Morris to take on the role of Chaplain at many ATC Squadrons throughout his time in the Ministry. Lyn also served for many years as a Chaplain to Branches of the Royal British Legion and the Mid Somerset Royal Air Force Association where he made many lifelong friends.

Lyn was always a constant support to staff and cadets at all the squadrons to which he was affiliated. During his time as a Squadron Chaplain he enrolled hundreds of cadets and attended over forty annual camps at locations throughout the UK.

Serving for some time as the Wing Chaplain of Devon & Somerset Wing he was also the Squadron Civilian Welfare Chairman at 2277 (Castle Cary) Squadron. In 2000 he was awarded a Lord Lieutenants’ Certificate for his service to the Air Training Corps.

Reverend Lyn Morris was a friend and trusted advisor to many, a kind and caring man, dedicated to serving not only his church and the wider community but also the RAF, the Air Training Corps and many service and civilian charities.

His humour and friendship, will be greatly missed by all who knew him at Devon & Somerset Wing.

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