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David Morgan Firestone1,2

b. 1931, d. 13 January 2009

Father Russell Allen Firestone1 b. 3 December 1901
Mother Dorothy Lee Bryan1 b. 4 September 1902, d. 26 February 1986
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Family 1 Nancy Reynolds
Marriage*   Principal=Nancy Reynolds3 
Children  1. Amy Firestone b. c 1957
  2. David Firestone b. c 1958
  3. Jeff Firestone b. c 1960

Family 2 Bente Unknown
Marriage*   Principal=Bente Unknown3 
Children  1. Debbie Firestone b. c 1969
  2. Cindy Firestone b. c 1969

Family 3 Jewel Unknown
Marriage*   Principal=Jewel Unknown3 

Family 4 Julie Unknown
Marriage*   Principal=Julie Unknown3 

Marriage*   Principal=Nancy Reynolds3 
Marriage*   Principal=Bente Unknown3 
Marriage*   Principal=Jewel Unknown3 
Marriage*   Principal=Julie Unknown3 
Birth* 1931  Akron, Summit Co., OH1,3 
News/Obit* 13 January 2009  Morgan Firestone dies at 78

Hamilton has lost one of its greatest philanthropists.

Morgan Firestone died today from complications from Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD), a Parkinson’s-like disease he had been diagnosed with in 2002. He was 78.

Firestone, grandson of Harvey Firestone, the founder of the tire and rubber company, had been involved with all types of key organizations in the city, from McMaster University to the Art Gallery of Hamilton to the Hamilton Club and the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

He is perhaps best known for fundraising for the world-renowned Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He brought the likes of former U.S. president George H. Bush, former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, movie icon Sophia Loren and former U.S. president Bill Clinton to speak at fundraising dinners at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on the east Mountain. He also helped bring former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to a fundraiser in Toronto.

“He was someone who loved to do things for other people,” his wife Julie said tonight. “The biggest joy in his life was to help others. He was a giver. He was a very special guy.”

Firestone, who lived in Ancaster, came to Hamilton from Akron, Ohio, in 1965 to become vice-president of Firestone’s Canadian operations, which included a plant in east Hamilton that closed in 1987.

He left in 1971 and founded the Firan Corporation, which makes electronics for air traffic controls and is Canada’s largest producer of recreational vehicles. He sold the business to his management team after he became ill.

Firestone’s friends included the high and mighty, and the colourful. He was a big supporter of the Liberal party and knew former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.

He also counted flamboyant hockey great Eddie Shack as a friend. They went on golf and ski trips in Firestone’s Lear jet.

Firestone is survived by his wife Julie and five children: Amy, 52, Jeff, 49, David, 51, Debbie and Cindy, 40.

He is also survived by three ex-wives: Nancy Reynolds and Jewel Firestone, who both live in Texas, and Bente Firestone, who lives in Oakville.

Nancy is the mother of Amy, Jeff and David.

Bente is the mother of Debbie and Cindy.

Firestone’s funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. in Central Presbyterian Church, 165 Charlton Avenue W., Hamilton.

(Appeared in The Hamilton Spectator, January 13, 2009)

HAMILTON June 15, 2002 Morgan Firestone and his wife---- Suzanne Burrett has name---- at the Art Gallery of Hamilton fundraising Pegasus Cup 2 at Flamborough Downs Saturday. DIGITAL PHOTO John Rennison, The Spectator jlr FOR STORY BY: The Talk
Death* 13 January 2009  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada4,3 
News/Obit 15 January 2009  Owner D. Morgan Firestone Dies

D. Morgan Firestone, who won the 2007 Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine with homebred Mike Fox, died Jan. 13 at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Firestone, 78, had been in failing health.

Bred by Firestone Farm, Mike Fox won the 148th running of Canada’s most famous race, holding off Canada’s subsequent champion 3-year-old male Alezzandro by a half-length. Mike Fox earned a career total of $808,865.

Firestone’s mother, Dorothy Firestone, played an important part in racing, She campaigned major winner Summer Tan, who was top-weighted on the 1954 Experimental Free Handicap over champion Nashua. She later married John Galbreath, owner of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

D. Morgan Firestone also campaigned Canadian homebred graded stakes winner Shiny Key and bred and/or raced alone or partnership added-money winners Alexis, Bosskiri, For Pete’s Sake, Jalaajel. Perigee Girl, and Thinking Out Loud.

Firestone was a former chairman of the Canadian division of Firestone Rubber and Tire Co. and of Firan Corp., a plastics and circuit board manufacturer firm.

(Appeared Friday, January 15, 2009, on
Burial* 17 January 2009  Hamilton, Ontario, Canada3 

Last Edited 28 Feb 2009

  1. [S658] Firestone Family of Frederick Co. MD (1993), George Ely Russell.
  2. [S323] News Bank.
  3. [S648] The Hamilton Spectator, Ont., online
  4. [S647] Myrna Firestone Per. Info., Myrna Firestone.

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