Industry Loses Avmor Founder

January 8, 2019 Industry Loses Avmor Founder



Avrum (Avi) Morrow, a philanthropist and founder of Avmor Ltd—a Canadian provider of professional cleaning solutions focusing on green cleaning solutions—passed away at age 93.

Morrow founded Avmor in 1948 with his brother-in-law, Henry Chinks, and was widely recognized for his accomplishments in both the sanitation industry and the broader community. He made history when he was the first person from the sanitation industry to be named to the Order of Canada. This distinction, the highest honor for a civilian in Canada, was a tribute to Morrow’s achievement in business and his lifetime of dedication to the community. He was awarded the Sam Tughan Achievement Award by the CSSA in 1993, the highest honor in the sanitary supply industry in Canada.

An instrumental force establishing Avmor as an important partner for ISSA as early as 1950, Morrow received ISSA’s Jack D. Ramaley award in 1998. This honor is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the cleaning and maintenance industry through their innovation, professionalism, leadership, elevation of industry standards, promotion of the association’s growth and development, unselfish dedication without personal gain, and emulation of the ISSA Code of Ethics.

Avmor’s current president, Mattie Chinks, served on the ISSA board as Director Canada (1997-99) and again as vice president, president, and immediate past/international president (2004-2006). Paul Goldin, vice president, Professional Cleaning Solutions, is the current president of the ISSA and has also been involved with ISSA for many years.

Morrow is survived by Dora, his wife of 71 years, his daughter Juli, his two granddaughters, and his many nieces and nephews.

About Avmor
Avmor Ltd. is a Canadian provider of professional cleaning solutions focusing on green cleaning solutions for facility services firms, university and college campuses, and food service establishments. For more information, visit