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Born: Mar 30, 1945

Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2004

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KENNETH "RAYMOND" MURRAY Peacefully on Thursday, September 16, 2004, with his wife by his side, Ray Murray passed away at the Minnedosa Hospital at the age of 59. Ray will be sadly missed by Bev, his wife of nearly 36 years; his daughter Rhonda (Jose) Cabral; his sons, Malcolm (Cathy James) and Gerhard (Kathleen) his sister Bev Murray (Eugene Teslia) of Swan River, MB. Mr. Murray will also be missed by the numerous people he worked with over the years and by the numerous people who worked for him up till the time of his passing. Kenneth Raymond Murray was known to most people as either Ray or Mr. Murray. He was born on March 30, 1945 to Eilleen and Ken Murray. Ray grew up on a farm in the Willowgrove area. He attended Willowgrove School for grades 1 to 8 and the Minnedosa Collegiate for grades 9 to 12. He then went on to Red River Community College where he obtained his Business Education Diploma. From there, Ray continued on to the University of Manitoba where he obtained his B.A., E. Ed., and B. P.Ed. His career as an educator took him to Gilbert Plains, MB (1967 - 1976) where, over the years, he was a classroom teacher, a vice principal and a principal. In 1976, he took the job of principal at the Ste. Rose School in Ste. Rose du Lac, MB until his retirement in 2001. Since his retirement from the public school system, Mr. Murray worked for Assiniboine Community College teaching Adult Education in Elphinstone, MB, was the principal at Keeseekoowenin School for one year, and then he once again returned teaching Adult College for Assiniboine Community College for one year. During his years as an educator and administrator, Ray still managed to own and operate several businesses in the communities in which he resided. His latest businesses were The Wigwam Restaurant in Clear Lake, MB and The Southgate Hotel in Onanole, MB. Ray had a compassion in his heart for people. He always had time for anyone who had time to spend. Mr. Murray was always surrounded by people of all ages. His hearty laugh and the legacy of his wisdom, which he was always willing to share, will live on in the hearts of the many people he helped over the years. Ray took great pride in the accomplishments of his children and students. Ray loved to travel. As the principal at the Ste. Rose School, he spearheaded numerous Travel Club trips. He loved sharing time with members of the community, his students, his staff, and parents outside the school setting. Rest peacefully our friend and our mentor. We thank you for your time and leadership in helping to shape us into the people we are today. The Murray family wish to express sincere thanks to the nursing staff and doctors at the Minnedosa Hospital, to Rev. Shawn Ankenmann and Pam Dean, the United Church Choir and organist Eleanor Taylor, the pallbearers: Keith Murray, Ed Lyseyko, Tom Henry, Tom Dallyn, Rick Saler and Garry Gunnarson, and Linda Henry for the eulogy. The family wish to also thank everyone for their support during Rays illness and passing. Donations in Ray Murrays memory may be made to the Ray Murray Memorial Grad Award, in care of Ste. Rose School, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB R0J 1B0 or to a charity of ones choice. Memories Chapel in Minnedosa, Manitoba had care of the funeral arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 21, 2004

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • He taught me from 1967 to 1970 at Gilbert Plains, Manitoba high school. Thank your for your leadership. RIP Mr. Murray Albert Roy Bassett - Posted by: Albert Roy Bassett (High school Student) on: Nov 12, 2018

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