Gavril was born on December 27, 1933, in Nasaud, Romania to Iuliu and Ileana (Hortopan) Morariu. Soon they moved to Bucharest, where his father found a job as a teacher, and later as a University Professor. Gavril went to primary school during the Second World War, when he had to often change them. One of them was bombarded by air attack by the German army, another by Americans, and yet another by Russians, and in between, they had to take refuge in the country where life was less dangerous than in the city. With all this troubled time, his parents took care of his education, developing in him the interest of studying anything that came across his eyes, contributing to a fantastic memory, admired by friends and colleagues, and the later family named him an ambulatory encyclopedia. Also, his profound education made him an adult able to work successfully in various domains. As a professional engineer, besides hundreds of other projects, he built the first underwater habitat in Europe, and after coming to Canada, in 1982, where he built sophisticated equipment for scientific research at Simon Fraser University – Vancouver, some being appreciated at the international congresses as pioneering subjects.
Besides, he was passionate about arts, especially paintings, classical music, travelling admiring the beauty of old cities’ architecture, churches or cathedrals, museums, as well as the beauty of nature. After he retired from SFU, he started writing, being the author of two finished books, two just about finished ones, and 250 essays and articles in English and Romanian languages, for various magazines.
As a man he was kind, absolutely honest in all aspects of life, although it was not always for his own good, he liked to laugh, he liked to share his knowledge with people younger or older, including his children. He was a good father taking care of them and guiding them to become persons with strong moral concepts and good Catholic Christians. As a husband, he led a wonderful peaceful life, full of love, respect, friendship, and care for his wife of 62 years.
He lost his beloved daughter in 2015, and now God took him to meet her again in His Kingdom. What a great meeting would be that!!!
A Funeral Mass will be held on April 5, 2022.
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