November 2, 1951 – April 22, 2020
Murray passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Selma, and is survived by sisters Sharon Epp (Trevor Hood), Pat Adrian (Arden), and brother Doug (Sandy). He is also survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Jane; his three children, Joel (Jessica), Jillian (Mark) and Jessica (Jordan), his three grandchildren Charlie, Elliott and Nora, nieces and nephews.
Murray was born in Lodi, California to Canadian parents working abroad. After several years, a move was made to Blaine, Washington, and from there, the family settled in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
He was married to Jane in 1973, graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977 with a Bachelor of Education degree, and began a teaching career. He spent two years in Radville, SK, then moved to Herbert, SK where he remained until retirement. He was known as a kind, concerned teacher who did all he could to help students succeed.
Murray enjoyed reading, fishing, golfing, being active in his church, playing cards with friends among other activities. He was credited with giving thoughtful advice and using his gifts to serve others.
Although Murray was not formally diagnosed until 2010, he began exhibiting signs of Parkinson’s Disease towards the end of his teaching career. This prompted the move from small town Saskatchewan to Abbotsford, to be close both to his siblings and to medical care.
Murray was admitted to hospital on April 7 with end-stage Parkinson’s and heart complications. Heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Palliative Care ward who provided such compassionate care during his last days.
Following a private family graveside, a Celebration of Life will be held later when it is safe to gather.Obituary
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