John W. Murray
John W. Murray was born September 11, 1920 and died at home surrounded by loving family on July 14, 2015.
He was predeceased by his wife Marion (Hassel) in 1986 and by his brother Kenneth and sister Catherine (Newton). He is survived by and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Colleen Shepard whom he married in 2005 and by his children: Mr. Justice John C. Murray (Barbara) of Caledon, Ontario; Anne Messenger (David) of Richmond, Va.; and Dr. Kenneth A. Murray (Judy) of Winnipeg, Man. ‘Gramps’ will also be missed by his ten grandchildren all of whom have a special place in their hearts for him, by his ten great grandchildren, by his nieces and nephews, by his friends, and, in many cases, by the children of his friends and by his children’s friends.
John grew up in London, Ontario and attended Wortley Rd. Public School and South Collegiate before attending Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. At Ridley, he was an excellent student\scholar. He was also a better than average high school athlete with hockey being his favourite sport.
He was a scholarship student at the University of Western Ontario where he excelled in mathematics and physics. In addition to his academic accomplishments as an undergraduate and graduate student at Western, he was also proud of being the student manager of the undefeated Mustangs football team of 1939. He remained a Mustangs fan for his life.
Immediately after graduation, John volunteered for military service and served for four years (1941 - 1945) in the Canadian Navy retiring from active service at the end of the war as a Lieutenant.
After the war, John returned to London and worked for Hygrade Containers and Hobbs Hardware before going to work for Labatt’s where, for over 30 years, he enjoyed a very successful business career retiring as Vice-President in 1985.
John loved Ridley College. He served on the Board of Governors of Ridley and was President of the Ridley College Association. He was also active in community affairs and public service. One of his most cherished associations was as a Director for 28 years of the Physicians Services Inc. Foundation which funds medical research in Ontario. He served on the Board of Victoria Hospital in London (1981 - 1985). At the request of Sister Mary Doyle, President of St. Joseph’s Hospital, John became actively involved in the establishment, management and administration of the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation which he proudly witnessed grow into an important community health resource. He also served as a Member of the Ontario Labour Relations Board for 6 years.
John was a life member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge. For over seventy years he was active in the congregation of St. John the Evangelist Church. He was a long-time member of the London Club and of the London Hunt and Country Club for over 75 years.
During his retirement, John enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling and enjoying his golf. He had a life long passion for reading and was always ready to discuss a recently read book. His interest in current affairs never diminished. He had a marvellous sense of humour and enjoyed telling a story or sharing a joke.
He will be remembered by his family as a man whose life was characterized by love of family and by unwavering support and dedication. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a bright, witty, charming, gentle and kind man. He was also a man of principle who always wanted to do the right thing - whether at home or in business.
For his family, John W. Murray was and is a man to love and to emulate.
As the poet said:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
The funeral service will be conducted at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 280 St. James St. at Wellington on Saturday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation preceding in the church on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Marion Glenn Murray Fund care of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation would be appreciated.
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