Obit: MURRAY, Clyde R.

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Clyde R. Murray

The family of Clyde R. Murray of Springhill is saddened to announce his
passing, albeit peaceful, on Tuesday, February 25th at Springhill All Saints
Hospital. A lifelong resident of Springhill, Clyde was the son of A. Clyde
and Alvina M. (Wilson) Murray.

Like many of his generation, he went to work at the coal mines at an early
age; first on the surface and eventually underground, and grew to love the
brotherhood of a miner¹s life where, in addition to digging coal, he was a
trained Dragerman routinely assisting in underground rescue work. Though
briefly trapped and badly hurt, he was one of the last remaining survivors
of the famed 1958 "bump" that claimed the lives of 75 miners. After the
mines closed he served a successful twenty-five year career with Corrections
Canada in both the Dorchester and Springhill penitentiaries, retiring in
1990. When not at work, Clyde enjoyed more than forty-five family summers at
the cottage in West Pugwash. The spring and fall were reserved for fishing
and hunting at the camp on beautiful Fountain Lake.

Clyde was married to Margaret B. Hale (1932-2010), to whom he was devoted
though the span of their sixty-year marriage. Together they raised five
children: Brenda (Dan) Pirrie, Pugwash, David (Barbara), Rodney, Drew
(Ellen), Springhill, and Ian (Robyn), Dartmouth. The family mourned the loss
of their son and brother, Clyde Jr. in the summer of 2002. Clyde and Margie
were blessed with ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. As an only
child, Clyde often marveled at the size of the Clan that he and Margie had
produced. Besides his children and grandchildren, Clyde is survived, and
will be sorely missed by his special sister-in-law, Audrey Atkinson (Roland
Reid) of Chance Harbour, and other extended family members.

The family will be forever grateful for the concern, tenderness, and
compassion extended to Clyde over the past eighteen months by the extensive
team of medical and support professionals from Home Healthcare, the VON, and
hospitals who provided for his care with the grace of angels. There are many
individuals for whom we are thankful, but the family would like to
acknowledge Cindy Oickle, Drs Karivelil and Short, and the 2nd Floor staff
at All Saints Hospital for their unwavering support and guidance.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.H. Brown Funeral Service,
5 McFarlane St., Springhill (902-597-2361). A memorial service will be held
at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from the funeral home. The family
will host a luncheon reception immediately following the service. Memorial
donations to the All Saints Community Health Care Foundation (902-597-2634)
or the GOVRC are encouraged.

³I go and prepare a place for you Š and receive you unto myself so that
where I am, you may be also.² John 14:3

[Collected by DAW, 30 Jul 2014]