Major (Retired), O.M.M., C.D., 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s)
Walter was born on Christmas forenoon 1932 to Murdo Ewan Murray and Edythe Euphemia Murray (nee MacDonald) on the family farm, Township of Whitton, Province of Quebec. He was the fifth in a family of three boys and three girls. He traced his Scottish ancestry through Hebridian forebears from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. He died the morning of May 3, 2013 in grace and bravery. Walter is survived by his dear wife Nancy, by his son Pierre and wife Rolanda and grandson Aidan of whom he was immensely proud. His brother George and wife Phyllis, his sisters Mavis Curtis, Hazel Brunt and Alene Welch along with nieces and nephews greatly mourn his passing as do his in-laws Mary and Meehan Bonnar. Walter was predeceased by his first wife, Major Claudette Lamontagne Murray, C.D., R.N., his parents and his older brother Lennox.
Walter was an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and holder of the Canadian Forces Decoration with two clasps. During his thirty-one years in the Canadian Forces he saw service in the Congo, Egypt and Cyprus on United Nations peace-keeping duties as well as in Canada and the United States. Walter was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a Life Member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and a Past District Chief, Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association. The Family wishes to thank Dr. Chin-yee and the Staff members of the London Regional Cancer Program and Dr. Haffner and the Staff members of the ICU, Stratford General Hospital for their exemplary care and support.
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. There will be a Legion Service in the funeral home on Monday afternoon at 3:30 PM and an Odd Fellows Service at 6:30 PM. The funeral service will be held at St. John’s By The Lake Anglican Church, 70642 Bluewater Highway, South Huron (Highway #21-North of Grand Bend) on Tuesday, May 7th at 11 AM with the Reverend Father Grayhame Bowcott officiating. Interment St. Marys Cemetery.
Donations to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 79 Oak Lake, Manitoba, Stratford General Hospital Foundation (ICU), or the London Health Sciences Foundation-Regional Cancer Program would be appreciated by the family.MURRAY, Walter David of St. Marys