John Murray

MURRAY

John William

December 23, 1938 – February 1, 2008


John passed away peacefully at home after a valiant battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife and best friend, Marilyn, and their children, Karen and her husband, Denton Henkelman, Laura and her partner, Jason Janus, and Brent and his wife, Jacqueline Dockray. John was a special “Grandpa” to Kaitlyn, Jason, Ryan, Beth, Euan, Shaeleigh, and Sabina. John will also be missed by his sister, Joan Fulton, brother Bruce, mother-in-law Louise Plewes and several extended family members.

John grew up in Edmonton where he met Marilyn in the eighth grade. He was a Queen Scout and a lieutenant with the Royal Canadian Engineer Corps, graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for Alberta Power Co. Ltd. for 32 years spending the last 10 years in Whitehorse before retiring to the Comox Valley. John loved the outdoors, a legacy he passed on to his family. As a youth he hunted and fished with his father and later he enjoyed skiing, camping and hiking. His passion in life was sailing which started at the age of 14 when he hoisted a home made sail on his canoe.

He was very active in the community, belonging to several boating clubs, assuming a teaching and leadership role in the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. John was also involved in curling, Comox United Church, and the Comox Valley Probus Club. John was instrumental in the campaign to retain “Moorecroft” the United Church Camp at Nanoose Bay. A Memorial Service will be held at Comox United Church on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 1101 RYAN ROAD entrusted with arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Moorecroft Camp Society, 1563 Stewart Road, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P 9E7.