MURRAY, Donald Allan
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June 17, 1940 - December 31, 2012
It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Don on December 31, 2012. Left to mourn are his wife Adrienne, daughter Marilyn, son Dean (Tamie), grandchildren Jacob and Cailin, aunt Margaret Howk, "sister" Marny Ryder, sisters-in-law Adele (Garth) Goddard, Sandy (Gord) Braun, niece and nephew Lisa and Jeff (Megan) Goddard and extended family Chris, Donna, Nicholas, and Loukas Stavropoulos, Vince, Isabelle, and Nicolas Hammer, and numerous friends. Don was born in Whitehorse and moved with his family to Cloverdale in 1971. Don proudly worked for the Federal Government for 48 years, 42 with Canada Border Services Agency, formerly Canada Customs, during which time he hired and mentored countless employees, believing in them and gently leading them to full potential. Don forged life-long friendships, and his meaningful impact is largely entrenched in the current CBSA organization. He made a difference to those he met. Regardless of rank, Don was a people person and demonstrated kindness without effort. Don was always generous, warm, caring, and thoughtful. He went out of his way to make others feel appreciated and significant, whether searching for a special toy to brighten a child's day or random acts of kindness. Don always took the time to make those around him feel special and at ease. He was blessed with an infectious laugh, a mischievous sense of humour, and always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Don was a loyal Detroit Red Wings fan and enjoyed hockey banter with others. Don maintained his connection to the North through the Vancouver Yukoner's Association and the International Sourdough Reunion, serving as president of both associations. Don happily chauffeured all who needed a ride to each event, regardless of the location. Don will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. A special thank you to the ICU staff at Peace Arch Hospital. A viewing will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2013, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Henderson's Langley Funeral Home, 20786 Fraser Highway, Langley. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013, at The Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver (parking below the Terminal City Club - entrance on Cordova Street off Howe Street). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Variety Club.
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