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died on 19th Septem­ber 2014, aged 94. He was mar­ried to Edna for 73 years, had two daugh­ters, two sons-in-law, and a num­ber of grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. Bill will be re­mem­bered by the mo­tor­cy­cling fra­ter­nity, es­pe­cially in Wol­lon­gong for his rac­ing suc­cesses at Shep­herd’s Oval, Mon­key Flats, and other venues. He was a for­mi­da­ble rider on the dirt and also a strong com­peti­tor in road races. For some years, he was the B.S.A. and Suzuki dealer in Cor­ri­mal. When the B.S.A. Golden Flash was in­tro­duced in 1952, he raced one at Bathurst in the side­car class and re­moved the side­car to race in the Un­lim­ited Grand Prix at the end of the day, fin­ish­ing third. In the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, he was also an en­trant for Kevin Cass, among oth­ers, and his road rac­ing Ban­tam is dis­played in the Na­tional Mo­tor Rac­ing Mu­seum at Bathurst. He and Clem Daniel were great friends and ri­val en­trants in the 125 cc class, both sup­port­ing rid­ers on Ban­tams un­til Clem ac­quired an M.V. Agusta. Bill was a fairly pri­vate bloke, but very well liked in the mo­tor­cy­cling fra­ter­nity. He was also the lo­cal A.C.U. ac­cred­ited en­gi­neer who mea­sured en­gines of place-get­ters fol­low­ing the Bathurst meet­ings.

Bill Mor­ris (right) with his friend and rac­ing ri­val Eric Deben­ham at the NSW Old Timers Din­ner in 2009.

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