Edward Henry (“Ted”) Murray, of Rainy River, Ont., passed away quietly on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.
Ted was the third son of Adele Mathilda (Carpenter) and George Micheal Murray. Born Dec. 22, 1928 in Thunder Bay, Ont., Ted was predeceased by both his parents and five of his brothers, George Arthur, Alfred William, Lawrence Leonard, Stephen Micheal, and Terrence Albert.
Ted is survived by his daughters, Mary Adele (Terry) Wood of Fort Frances, Ont. and Doreen Jacqueline (Joe) Cogger of Thunder Bay, Ont.; grandchildren, Jonathan Edward Murray-Wood, James Mark Whitefield, Joshua Arron Bruyere, Angela Joelle, Jenna Marie, and Jacob Robert Edward Cogger; and great-grandchild, Keira Starr Copenace.
Also surviving are one brother, Theodore Patrick of Rainy River, Ont.; one sister, Patricia Ann (Melvin) Borgen of Baudette, Mn.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The Murray family finally landed in Rainy River in 1941. Ted attended school until he began working for the railroad at the age of 16.
In 1952, Ted joined the Canadian military, serving in the Third Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry during the Korean conflict. In 1953, he returned to Rainy River and again hired on with the railroad.
Shortly after, he started guiding in the Sioux Narrows area of Lake of the Woods for the summers and trucking during the winter. He eventually bought his own trucks, retiring in 1992 after hauling the Canadian mail for many years.
Ted had a great love of the lake, music, and trucks. He was a notorious card player, an avid gambler, and a talented story-teller—embellishing his tales to the delight of many audiences.
Ted was generous to a fault. If he heard of a child in need, quietly, with no hoopla, he could be counted on to see the need was met.
Ted had a little trouble with his retirement, he couldn’t stay put for long without nailing his feet to the floor. It was never a huge surprise to answer the door at 3 a.m. and find him “stopping in for a visit.”
Ted was very interested in tracing the family’s native and Irish ancestry and history.
One of Ted’s other great joys was his grandchildren, which he adored and never missed an opportunity to show off.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Rainy River Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54.
The pallbearers will be Jonathan Edward Murray-Wood, Angela Joelle Cogger, Theodore Patrick Murray, and Glenn Scott Borgen.
Honourary pallbearers will be Jenna Marie, Jacob Robert Edward Cogger, James Mark Whitefield, Joshua Arron Bruyere, and Keira Starr Copenace.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations can be made to Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.