Robert Gordon Murray
Tragically, on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, Bob was taken from us in a workplace accident. He was the second of six children, born March 6, 1952 to Gordon and Helen Murray in Carman, MB. Bob attended school in the area and graduated in 1970. Bob started working with the Manitoba Highways Department shortly thereafter and was there for seven years. During this time he met the love of his life, Barb, and they began their married life together in Carman in 1974.
In 1977 he embarked on a career change, going to Red River College for a pre-employment course as a construction electrician. Bob completed his training and graduated with the Governor General’s Gold Medal in 1978. He and Barb then moved to Winnipeg for Bob to complete his apprenticeship. They became proud parents in 1979 with the birth of their first son, Brennan, and again in 1981 with the arrival of Graham.
In January 1982, Bob purchased Reed Electric from Doug and Doris Reed, to whom the Murray family is forever indebted. This enabled Bob to return home and work for the next 28 years in the community as Bob Murray Electric Ltd. Following the move to Carman, Bob and Barb were blessed with the birth of their daughter Allison in 1983.
Bob’s professionalism and dedication to workplace safety were known to all. He took great joy in figuring out how to make things work and he was continually educating himself, taking the time to learn new skills to better serve the community. He was always available to his customers both day and night, and he was extremely meticulous. Bob held himself to a very high standard and he instilled these values in his coworkers throughout the years.
For the curling and golfing community, Bob’s volunteerism was constant, dedicated and humble. He was always eager to lend a hand and participate in community endeavours. The highlight of his golf career was getting a hole-in-one in 1999. He greatly enjoyed travelling to watch curling events at every opportunity he had, and he curled in many community bonspiels.
Bob shared his wonderful singing voice throughout his years, starting with the church choir in Graysville, then moving on to high school musicals, community choirs and events. He was also a long time member of Carman United Church Choir. Bob was a founding member of the acapella group “The Wool Sox”. Bob was never one to raise his voice, except in song.
Bob is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barb, sons Brennan and Graham and daughter Allison, his mother Helen, siblings Sandra (Ken), Bruce (Roseann), Karen (Roly), Charles (Sherry), and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, his mother-in-law Gerry, sisters and brothers- in-law Liz, Gord (Cheryl), and Cathy. Bob is predeceased by his sister Bonnie, father-in-law Cam, father Gordon, and brother- in-law Ian.
A celebration of Bob’s life was held on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at the Carman Community Centre. Bob loved the outdoors and nature. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds, often putting out peanuts for the blue jays. In lieu of flowers, we would like to honour his love of wildlife and direct any memorial donations to: Manitoba Haven Rehabilitation Organization P.O. Box 49 Glenlea, MB, R0G 0S0, or to a charity of one’s choice.