Dr. John McGuire Murray
MURRAY, Dr John McGuire Murray BA, D.D.S., MSc. - Peacefully at his residence on Thursday, January 15, 2015, of London in his 73rd year. Lovingly remembered by his wife & best friend of 48 years Nancy (Alexander), children Brooke (Jeff Charon) and John-David (Kleo Landucci) (who both suffered through headgear and retainers), an especially proud Poppi to his grandchildren Beatrix and George Murray. We send our love to his sister Jane Murray (Sandi Sabloff), nephew Mike Tissenbaum (Pearl Chen), who also begrudgingly wore a retainer, his aunt Nora Selkirk (McGuire), cousins Bob, Ken, & John, and all the Selkirk family. Born in Calgary, raised in Toronto & Montreal, John received his BA from Western, his DDS from McGill, and his MSc from the University of Manitoba with a specialty in orthodontics. After settling in London, John enjoyed many years in private practice and began a 40 year teaching career at the Graduate Orthodontics Clinic at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Upon his retirement, a bursary, the "John & Nancy Murray Scholarship Prize," was established to be awarded to a second year ortho student. We are all very proud to keep his name involved with the school. For many years John was an avid tennis player, and was known to venture south of the border with a gang, due to inclement weather. He was a regular face around the courts of the London Hunt & Country Club and annually supported their Thanksgiving Fox Hunt. A natural teacher, great friend, and lover of food, wine, art, and theatre, no one was happier in the company of others - having a good laugh, throwing a party, or talking as loudly as needed to be heard (McGuire). When asked once, he said that he chose orthodontics because he could see the change in his patients self-esteem and self-confidence when the treatment was finished - that made all the difference in the world for him. A private gathering will held at a later date. (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca) Such a lovely man will be sorely missed. Braces are beautiful.
Kate and Agnes Revington
January 20, 2015, 5:08 pm
Dear Nancy, Brooke, and John David: Hope you remember your old neighbours Harvey and Agnes from 22 Mayfair Dr. (and your old babysitter Katie). Several years after Harvey's death, Agnes moved to Guelph to be close to Kate and her family. We are so very sorry to hear of John's death. Agnes remembers very fondly the drinks "al fresco" on the back patio, and Kate recalls that it was John who discussed the merits of The Female Eunuch with her. We missed John and Nancy very much when Harv and Agnes moved from Mayfair Dr. Our deepest condolences -- with warm memories of John...
January 22, 2015, 10:22 am
I was fortunate to be a grad student under Dr. Murray and loved to share a glass of wine with him and a laugh! He will always be remembered; he touched so many lives, including mine, for which I am very grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with you - Sonia
Dr. Walter Siqueira
January 19, 2015, 4:28 pm
I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.
Dr. Robert and sheila Beath
January 19, 2015, 7:16 pm
To Nancy and the Murray family,
Our condolences to you on the loss of your bon vivant. The dedication John showed to his profession and his teaching was exemplary. Every one of his students will feel his loss. His was a life well lived.
Our thoughts are with you.
Bob and Sheila Beath.
January 20, 2015, 11:55 am
Dr Murry you were a gentleman, an honourable and respected orthodontist , a true ambassador for dentistry generally and orthodontics specially and friend to many in this world. You were tireless, good-humoured and highly professional dentist you will be missed by everyone who knew you
January 20, 2015, 12:15 pm
John was greatly loved by my fellow coworkers and I, at Jack Astors. He became a dear friend, who I looked forward to visiting with every time he came in. It was a real privilege to know him and I will miss him dearly. Sending love and light to Nancy, Brooke, John-David and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
January 22, 2015, 1:08 pm
I have a lovely smile totally due to the handiwork of Dr. Murray 40+ years ago and I enjoyed seeing John again out hunting. He was a gracious man. My condolences to his family.
Dr. Ross Harvey
January 22, 2015, 2:19 pm
To Nancy & the rest of the Murray family, I was so sorry to hear of John's death. He was a valued colleague and friend, and I had many satisfied patients due to my referrals to his orthodontic practice. I will miss him. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
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