Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Norman Angus Murray
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Norman Angus Murray on March 29, 2018 at the age of 79 years. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 49 years Andrea (nee Ryan); their daughters Patricia Valgardson, Catherine (Wes) Unrau and Margaret (Perry) Ducharme; grandchildren Cassandra (Eri), Ashton, Aidan, Paige, Abigail; great-grandson Gavin; extended family and their rescue dog Angel.
He was predeceased by his mother Christina Murray (nee McLeod), father Donald Murray, and sister Anne Murray.
Norm was born in Habost, Isle of Lewis, Scotland on March 20, 1939. He became a Certified Carpenter in Aberdeen, Scotland and settled in Canada in 1960. Norm's profession led him to work on several different projects including the DEW Line.
In 1967, as fate would have it, bad weather, a leaky roof and an emergency dispatch call brought together Norm and Andrea. They married in 1968 and remained together for almost 50 years. During those years they raised three daughters, built two homes, and ran a company together for 40 plus years. Together they have weathered good and bad times showing incredible love, strength and determination. They were each others best friend, confidant and support system; a true example of living by and honoring the wedding vows they made to each other so many years ago. They treasured their time together and especially enjoyed their little trips to Grand Forks, Norm so liked his deals at Menard's.
In the early 1970's Norm began establishing Murray Construction. He and Mike Pytel had built, repaired, leveled, and painted many buildings in their 40 years of working together. They had driven many miles in his favorite work van (Big Blue) to communities throughout Canada, working countless hours and making many friends along the way.
In 1982, Norm and his family relocated to Arnes, MB where Murray Construction flourished. He loved country living and the home he had built for his family in Valhalla Beach. One of his favorite hobbies was spending many hours tinkering in his garage while listening to the bagpipes. He was truly a man with endless knowledge and was always there to help and guide his family, only a phone call away.
Norm was very fortunate to meet and watch his grandchildren grow. He had the opportunity to enjoy them all and he often attended their various activities. How they admired and adored him.
Norm's love for animals was well known, welcoming many pets into the family home over the years. He especially loved his Border Collie Piper who reminded him of home.
Some of his humour came out when he would "wake" the family on Saturday mornings to bagpipe music. Perhaps a way of passing along the love of his Scottish heritage.
Norm was a long time Mason and member of the St. John's Lodge No. 4 in Winnipeg, MB.
We are heartbroken that you couldn't walk this one off. We have quite simply, lost our Hero.
A private family interment will take place at a later date.
I believe I am always devinely guided.
I believe I will always take the right turn in the road.
I believe God will make a way where there is no way.