The Deathbed Letter of Howie Morenz

Posted by Edward Ernest | Jul 8, 2017 | Community Collaboration, Deathbed Literature, Miscellaneous | 0 |

Howie Morenz was one of the first true stars in the game of Hockey and played for the beloved Montreal Canadiens. When the Hockey Hall of Fame opened its doors in 1945, Morenz was one of the first nine players to be inducted. However, he was not alive to see this day.

In 1937, Morenz died from complications of a broken leg, an injury he suffered in a game. It seems crazy that you could die from such a thing in this day and age, but back then, it was a reality.

The below deathbed letter shows a man, who is knocking on death’s door, yet still, has the well being of other humans on his mind.

We took comfort while reading this letter as it made us think about the ego. Morenz didn’t bring up things he regretted, or things he had accomplished in life. He was positive in the face of death for the well-being of others, in hopes they wouldn’t worry. Even close to death, he was protecting others. And that was just refreshing to read.

We here at Massive Phobia wondered what his Enneagram Type was, and we think he was either a 2, 3, 6, or a 9. The Helper, The Achiever, The Loyalist, or The Peacemaker. For those that don’t know about the Enneagram, it’s our favorite personality test, and we swear by it. If interested, you can read more about it by going to the Enneagram Institute. You won’t regret it. 

deathbed letter, Howie Morenz

Deathbed letter, Howie Morenz

Hello Dad & all,

Just a note to let you know I am still very much alive. Mary and the children are all well. Hoping this note finds you and all in the best of health. Here’s hoping you will be able to make this writing out as I am in quite an awkward position. Had intended to write you at an earlier date but had been suffering quite a lot of pain from my leg. It is feeling much better today. My leg is pretty badly fractured but have a lot of confidence in the Dr. The x-rays show a vast improvement and I have only been here a week. Enclosed you will find a little money. If you have not got enough let me know.

I am sure glad Canadiens won those two games on the road. I sure would have liked to have finished the season out, but fate gave me quite a blow. You can bet it is not going to get me down. I will close for now best regards to Gert, Shirley and Billy.

With love to all,


There was much debate as to the frame of mind of Howie Morenz before his passing, as many believed he was in a depressed state, and that still may have been, even though this note contradicts those beliefs. From what we’ve read, he was a true competitor, and that spirit may have had him thinking that somehow he could pull off the big turn around before the big game ended. 

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Edward Ernest

Edward Ernest is pretty much the coolest guy that ever lived.......according to himself. He's one of the founders of and has zero respect from any of his colleagues.To the outside world, he's this very nice upstanding citizen, but behind closed doors he's one of the meanest people we know.Yes, he writes nice articles and gives good advice. It might even seem like he cares about you and wants to be your friend. But please, don't be fooled.We've seen him kick a dog a with a broken leg before and have heard him on the phone berating his grandmother for only giving him a $5 birthday gift.Be thankful he's not related to you.

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