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Born: Oct 08, 1919

Date of Passing: Dec 14, 2016

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JAMES DOUGLAS MCMURTRY Doug passed away peacefully on December 14, 2016, at the age of 97, with family and friends at his side at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg. Doug was born at Mazenod, Saskatchewan on October 8, 1919 to James and Ethel Jane McMurtry. He is lovingly remembered by his son David and partner Linda, daughter Norah, son Michael and partner Joanne, grandchildren Kim and partner Craig, Brent, Daniel and partner Erin, Timothy, Brendan, Stephen and partner Madeleine, Peter, and great-grandchildren Soleil, Ella Mae and Robson. Doug was pre-deceased by his parents, his first wife Gwen (mother of David, Norah and Michael), his second wife Grace Searle, his sisters Marion and Edyth, and brothers Clifford and John. Doug had a lifelong commitment to peace and social justice grounded in his Christian faith. He was ordained as a minister of the United Church of Canada in 1944. He was a conscientious objector in the Second World War and travelled to China to serve with the Friends Ambulance Unit. He and Gwen were married just prior to his departure. Upon his return to Canada, and with Gwen as his partner, he served as minister at charges in Saskatchewan. The family later moved to Winnipeg where Doug was Superintendent of Home Missions and Personnel Officer for the United Church. Following this, Doug became minister at Immanuel Church in East Kildonan, a congregation where he and Gwen had always felt at home. Immanuel was his beloved community for the rest of his life. Doug was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Saskatchewan for his leadership and ministry. Through his work with Indigenous communities near Round Lake, Saskatchewan and northern communities in Manitoba and Ontario, as well as his involvement with the Dr. Jessie Resource Centre (now the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre) and the All Native Circle Conference, Doug formed a deep respect for Indigenous people and formed many long-lasting friendships. He participated in the Northern Flood Committee, seeking fair treatment of the people affected by hydro development in Northern Manitoba. He also worked with Project Peacemakers, an organization promoting peace locally and beyond. Doug had a witty sense of humour which often emerged with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren. To family and friends and the wider community, he was an example of how to live a life of faith, love and purpose. In the last two years, Doug lived at Concordia Village in East Kildonan where he made new friends and benefitted from caring staff. A celebration of Doug's life will be held in Winnipeg at Immanuel United Church, 755 Golspie Street on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 17, 2016

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Doug was our supervisor when we worked for the United Church in Pikangikum. 1970-1972 We had him stay with us in the Manse several times and he did not at all behave like he was "the boss" he was a humble man who helped with the dishes. We have always had fond memories of our time up North and Doug helped make it so. He will be missed. Please accept our condolences. Bob and Connie - Posted by: The Rev.and Mrs R.J.Elkin (former workers in Mission church) on: Mar 06, 2017

  • Doug McMurtry was a soul of deep kindness and compassion. His living was a testament to his faith, his commitment for justice and his desire for peace. Jim and I always enjoyed conversation with Doug, through our years in intersecting church circles. Doug made a point of personal phone calls to offer his support and encouragement to us when we took on some challenges, and this expression of support meant a great deal. Peace and comfort to his family. Doug's presence in the communion of saints is a blessing for us all. - Posted by: Dianne Baker and Jim Hatherly (friends) on: Jan 04, 2017

  • I fondly remember his visits to the farm and how easily related to country life. He was so at home at our kitchen table discussing agriculture. A very kind thoughtful man who will be greatly missed - Posted by: Maria Janise & Charles (Linda's family) on: Jan 03, 2017

  • I lived across the street from Doug.He was very kind to my Mother after my Father passed and even got her out bowling at the church once a week.He was a gentleman and will be missed. - Posted by: Linda Rozmus ( Mrs.Kathleen Green's daughter (neighbour on Dunrobin Ave.)) on: Dec 17, 2016

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