SINCLAIR, Murray Malcolm
Died peacefully in his sleep at his Los Cabos, Mexico vacation home on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the age of 82. He will be greatly missed by his wife Mary, the love of his life of 45 years; his sisters Aldine and Carol; his children, Murray (Cara), Scott (Danelle), Craig (Nydia), Christopher, and Candice; and his grandchildren, Ella, Austin, Malcolm, Aidan, Teagan and Camille. Murray was born in Toronto on May 30, 1931 to the late Marjorie Aldine Eagen ("Mia") and Herbert Murray ("Bumpa").
Murray was an inimitable character and a true Scotsman. A licensed pyrotechnician who often tried to blow up his closest friends, he lived much like the fireworks he loved, fully and with colour, while brightening the lives of those he touched. He laughed loud, spoke his mind and took particular pleasure in a good story, a magic trick, and especially a great joke. Boundless energy, a twinkle in the eye, and an indomitable optimism marked both his work and private life.
As a prominent Bay Street financier, Murray was known for his entrepreneurial zeal and business acumen, relying on his singular work ethic, keen intellect and honed market instincts. He loved going to work everyday and was passionate about "the deal". Believing that the best business was not conducted from behind a desk, Murray travelled widely and cultivated lasting relationships throughout his long career.
When he wasn't in the office, many wonderful memories were created during his years spent at the family cottage "Birch Spring" on Lake of Bays where he taught his kids how to water- ski, snowmobile, sail and fish. Murray was an aspiring lumberjack who spent countless hours manicuring his forest for the birds and wildlife he loved. He could often be seen tearing across the lake at any given hour in one of his many speed boats with a rooster tail behind him and a bottle between his legs.
Murray was as colourful and dynamic as the art he patroned and collected. As an "adorable rascal" few were immune to his infectious sense of humour and unique personal style. (How many shades of orange and purple are there?)
A brilliant, generous and charismatic giant of a personality, Murray's credo was, "We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time". He lived to that end each and every day, inspiring those lucky enough to know him. He will be missed but not forgotten.
A celebration of Murray's life will be held in Toronto on Thursday, May 15 at which time friends and family will be invited and encouraged to come raise a glass and share a story. Details will follow. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles Chapel Limited, Toronto, 416-487-4523.
Condolences and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
Published in National Post from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2014