Murray Donnelly, of 824 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye General Hospital on Friday, March 25, 2005.
He was born Nov. 27, 1922 in Roleau, Sask. to the late Frank and Agnes Donnelly. At the age of two, the Donnelly family moved to Fort Frances.
In 1942, Murray joined the R.C.A.F. and during his overseas stint made 47 operational flights over Europe in close support of the advancing armies of the Allies.
He was a wireless air gunner on Mitchell B-25 Bombers, Squadron 226. He also was the gunnery leader for Wing 137 and, at the end of hostilities in 1945, was discharged with the rank of Flying Officer.
In addition to being a veteran of W.W.II, Murray was a 30-year veteran of the Land Registration system in Ontario. He was appointed as Local Master of Titles for the Rainy River District Office in 1957, where he worked for 19 years, and later transferred to the Thunder Bay Registry Office, serving another 11 years until his retirement in November, 1987.
For enjoyment, Murray loved travelling, golfing, carpentry, and gardening. He also was an avid sports enthusiast and a great trivia buff.
He devoted his life to his wife, Irene, and their three children. He was very proud of his children/grandchildren and all of their accomplishments.
Murray is survived by Irene Donnelly, his wife of 50 years; daughter, Maureen (Mark) of Fort Frances, Ont.; two sons, Mel (Janine) of Minneapolis, Mn., and Brian (Louise) of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and four grandchildren, Candice and Christin Thomson, and Lauren and Taylor Donnelly.
He also is survived by numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Frank in 1929; brother, Capt. Mel Donnelly in 1945; and mother, Agnes in 1973.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 31, 2005 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances. Fr. Francis Pudicherry will officiate, with interment in the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers will be Eivend Haugo, Arnold Brown, Wilf Sanders, Rudy Hutka, Robert Ward, and Sid Ward.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of their choice.