In Loving Memory Of
G. Murray Ross
1929 ~ 2024

“What a good life!”

G Murray Ross
August 3, 1929 – June 19, 2024

With sad hearts, but with gratitude for a life so very well-lived, we share the news of the death of our dad, Murray Ross of Moncton, just weeks before his 95th birthday.

Murray was born in Moncton, the youngest son of Ethel (Dower) and Wilbur Ross. His parents were from Chatham and moved to Moncton when the T Eaton Company opened its doors, so that Wilbur could work there as a tailor. Murray had two older brothers, Norman and Mac, both deceased long ago.

Our dad will be forever missed by his children David (and Julie), Diane (and Blair), and Deane (and Craig). He touched the lives of his nine grandchildren: Carol (and Greg), Fraser (and Leah), and Emily (and Oscar); Alexander (and John), Ian (and Rebekah), and Mia (and Patrick); Cameron (and Carly), Andrew (and Irenee) and Stuart (and Rachelle). Murray also had four great-grandsons: James, Emmett, Brooks, and Norman, as well daughter-in-law Bobbie Ross and son-in-law Gael Maxwell. Murray was a loving uncle and enjoyed the connections with his five MacNairn and seven Ross nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his best gal Ann, his parents and his brothers, and his great-grandson Hudson.

Murray graduated from Moncton High School, then worked at Sumner’s on Main Street; in the early 50’s the new Chrysler regional office opened on St George Street and Murray worked there in the warehouse, eventually moving to the office where he spent many years taking orders for auto parts and shipping them out to dealerships. Murray retired in 1990 and marvelled at being retired for so many years.

In 1955, Murray married Ann MacNairn. They had three children, a busy life at home, lots of dear friends, and they loved to travel. The road trips to Florida, Detroit, Boston, and Ottawa were epic adventures and always included visits to family. In later years they enjoyed many bus excursions to NYC as well as several cruises. They travelled to the UK several times, mostly to visit family and allowing Murray the chance to walk the streets of London for days on end.

For over fifty summers, Murray and Ann welcomed family and friends to their cottage at Pointe-du-Chêne. Two aunts, two uncles, and eight cousins filled all the beds. The cottage was full of fun, food, card games on the porch, lively conversations, newspapers, trips to the beach, wharf jumps, meals for many, and potluck suppers. Murray enjoyed biking and swimming at the wharf with Ann; they were an inspiring pair, and they made us feel like we were the most important people to walk through the cottage door.

Murray’s favourite thing to do was to swim! He loved the water from an early age, and the PDC wharf was his favourite place to enjoy this pastime, usually with his own gang of kids, friends, and visitors. There are generations of people who swam with Murray as children; their parents sent them to the wharf with Murray certain that he’d keep them safe, and not knowing that he would turn them into wharf rats too.  On Murray’s 90th birthday, more than a hundred people joined him to jump off the wharf together – he was delighted! Yellow trunks and yellow bathing caps have a whole new meaning for many of his swim pals who will all agree with Murray that there’s no such thing as a bad swim.

Murray was born just weeks before the Great Depression began, an event which would shape the lives of his generation. He was the best fixer of anything broken – plumbing, heating, and electrical issues, cars and bikes – and he always had the tools to share, and the patience to teach us how to do the repairs ourselves. He enjoyed sailing as a young dad with friends, hockey refereeing for many years with Moncton Minor Hockey, and he spent a lot of hours enjoying his grandchildren who all lived nearby. In more recent years he enjoyed creating pottery on the wheel and making pieces for us all. Murray and Ann hosted all 17 of us on Sunday nights for dinner for many years – we made lots of wonderful memories together at their house. They took good care of each other, their family, and their friends.

Murray’s positive outlook, kind heart, and beautiful smile touched the lives of many, even during the challenges of the last few years. He showered us with love and support, and in turn he was loved by and connected to many people. He appreciated simple pleasures – the full moon, sunsets, the wind on his face, tending plants in his home. Whether strolling in the Old West End or at the Pointe, he always had time to stop and talk and connect with others; we are so grateful for his example of contentment and acceptance. His enduring devotion to and care for our mom, Ann, continue to inspire us.

A service to celebrate Murray’s life will be held on Saturday morning, August 3, at 10 am at Trinity United Church in Shediac, with arrangements in the hands of Passage Funeral Co-op.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation. Murray valued the important work done by our hospital workers, and always said they had taken such good care of him and of our mom. During his last three weeks, many kind souls supported him in the Ortho, Cardiac and Palliative units at the Moncton Hospital and we express our heartfelt thanks. As well, Dr Amel Fekhar was a ray of sunshine to us all during this difficult time.

Have a swim this summer and imagine Murray enjoying the sun and the water beside you and exclaiming, “it’s just lovely.”

The family invites you to sign an online book of condolence at:
www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca

Arrangements under the professional care of
Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre
3754 Route 134, Shediac Bridge, NB E4R 1T3

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35 comments

  1. Murr will be missed, we all enjoyed his companionship and positive outlook on life over the years. The above description of Murr is so true having had the privilege of knowing him all these years. Please accept Flo and I’s deepest sympathy.

  2. Our deepest condolences to Murray’s family and friends, he will be dearly missed. The wharf won’t be the same without him ❤️🏊🙏🏻💐

  3. We feel so fortunate to have been part of Murray’s wonderful life.
    Murray was truly the Mayor of the Wharf. An eternal lifeguard, he nurtured generations of children to launch their first jump- including myself, my kids and grandkids!
    He will be remembered as a very kind, happy man and who always warmly welcomed me and every member of my family to the Pointe for decades. The Pointe just won’t be the same without him.
    On behalf of the all the Henderson’s in Alberta, we will miss Murray forever, but take comfort in knowing that he is now with Ann.

  4. My condolences to the family I remember working at johanns and Murray stoping by at midnight just to talk and check on the pinwheels he will be missed

  5. So sorry to hear of Murr’s passing. I am a Point Du Chene wharf rat who will miss seeing Murr in the water at the wharf. My condolences to all his family and friends.

  6. Deane, Diane, David and families
    Your Dad’s pleasant smile and kind conversations will be remembered by so many! From childhood swims at the wharf to my days of working at Chrysler to many west end conversations I will always have fond memories of your Dad and Mom. Lives well lived. Hugs to all of you!

  7. This is such sad news to see, please accept my sincere condolences to the families of Murray,
    He’ll be swimming in the very best of water in heaven right alongside of his wonderful wife Ann from now on, you’ll be missed by many but only until we meet again.

  8. He certainly had a great life and will be missed by his loving family. May he rest in peace.

  9. Murray and I would swim to Cape Brule late in the season when the water temperature was 15 degrees, he always had his big thermometer around his neck

  10. What a lovely commentary of Murray’s life and his joy of family, friends and the out of doors. I was only five years old when my Uncle Murray encouraged me to jump off the wharf and swim to probably another part of a wharf a fair distance away. That began my love of swimming in the ocean .
    Years later I spent several weeks for a few years taking my young cousins to the beach as their lifeguard and playmate but the best time was when Murray came home from work and he took me to the wharf.
    I am sorry that Murray won’t have the fun of swimming in the ocean this year. He has lived a full, happy life, loved by so many who will always remember him. He was a loving uncle to me and I am thankful for the many wonderful holidays and Ottawa visits he shared with his brother Mac’s seven children.

  11. Although I did not know your dad very well, it is extremely evident the influence he had on all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by everyone, and a deep hole will be left for a long time. My most sincere condolences are with all of you at this time and my thoughts and prayers as well. You have lost someone very precious, but he has left you with some of the most beautiful memories which can never be taken. Always keep these deep in your heart.

    Love and God bless,
    Joan

  12. Over the past 43 years, I have known Mur as an acquaintance, neighbor, friend and even a hero. Acquainted because of my wife’s lifelong relationship with the Ross family. As a neighbor living across the street in Pointe du Chene since 1982, where I was introduced to Wharf jumping and became a Wharf Rat. We became friends because of many common interests such as gardening, pot lucks, beach swims and family get togethers. When Mur turned 90 he became my hero – someone I could look up to. Imagine 100+ people jumping off the Wharf to celebrate your 90th birthday? RIP Mur. You may be gone but not forgotten.

  13. What a beautiful testimony to Murray’s life! Big and beautiful life! He lived a full,happy and blessed life and is now reunited with God and his Beloved Ann and family. I will miss his welcoming bear hug upon arrival at the cottage and his cheerful and joyous voice and laughter. I am so grateful to have met and spent time in conversation with this beautiful and kind Soul. RIP dear one 🙏 you will be remembered 💖

  14. So many memories of murr at the wharf, watching him swim out, and the bus trips my mom went on with murr and ann and many other friends to New York city as they settled in to there hotel, my mom telling me, oh there goes murr off to walk the Brooklyn bridge, murr and ann together again watching over their lovely family and friends, love from 3rd ave at the pte

  15. Paul and I had a few meals at David’s when his Dad was there. Murray had a sense humour and we so enjoyed his company. Our condolences to the family

  16. Sending sincere condolences to Murray’s Family. Myself, children and grandchildren all remember him…. Biking thru the streets at the point and jumping off the wharf! He will be missed.

  17. So sorry for your loss. Certainly have memories of your family, especially birthday parties with Diane. Was fortunate to see Murray and Ann when friends moved in next door to them. Always the old West end

  18. Always remember his upbeat peronality and laughter, What an amazing life…
    My sincere heartfeltt condolence to all who will miss this wonderful man…

  19. My sympathy to all of you on your great loss. Murray was truly an inspiration to all who call the Pointe cottage community our little piece of heaven. He will be missed but his presence will be felt whenever I go to the wharf.

  20. Certainly a life well lived and so many wonderful comments about his wonderful life .
    There will always be a special swimming area at the Point du Chene warf.

  21. My deepest sympathies to the entire Ross family. Murray, on his bike, with a towel draped around his shoulders, always took time to welcome us back when we opened our cottage.
    Special sympathies to Blair and Diane.

  22. A beautiful and fitting tribute to such a lovely man. I am grateful to have known him, albeit briefly, and experience his genuine warmth and kind heart. His passion for his swims off the wharf was infectious and his beaming smile, laughter and fun-filled sense of humour are etched in my memory always.
    My most sincere condolences to all his family and friends, Murray touched the lives of so many. Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will be cherished and his legacy will live on for generations to come.

  23. I am still in disbelief. I am so going to miss Murray. He was my friend and for many years we swam together at the Point du Chene wharf. The wharf was Murry’s Shangri-La. He loved it there. He loved everything that happened there but mainly he loves seeing people swim. For the 80+ years. He swam there. He made so many friends :). To Dean Diane and David. My deepest condolences on the loss of your Father. The community also lost a legend 🙂

  24. David, Diane, and Deane: It is with sad heart that we read in the paper of your wonderful dad. Living next to you during our Cottage days made it all so memorable. We still say your GRACE (Oh, the Lord is good to me……) at our family gatherings all the while thinking of you all eating your suppers on the front verandah and smelling the aroma of Ann’s Pot Roasts. Our children looked forward to the evenings when your Dad gathered all the youngsters around and off to the Wharf for the jumping into the water! Our daughter still can’t believe that I let her go with the crowd but we trusted Murray completely. We have so many stories of your Dad. We saw him a couple of years ago buying books at the annual Book Sale. And only a couple of weeks ago we drove down on FIRST AVENUE to reminisce and saw the shutters still on your cottage and we thought “Well, it’s only June yet”…not knowing Murry wasn’t well. May he rest in peace with his wonderful Ann….they both deserve it big time…..Pat, Barry and all of us

  25. David, Diane and Deane my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I remember biking to the wharf nearly every night after supper and seeing him in the water swimming or floating on his back talking to friends on the wharf. Also memories of him and your mother around Wesley Memorial back in the day. His memory will live on.

  26. The Ross Family – Your Dad was one of a kind, once you met him he was never to be forgotten. A true gentleman and also a gentle man,. A dotting Dad and caring husband to your special Mom. He was so kind and thoughtful always. I think I have known him all my life honestly. Pointe du Chene was truly his happy place, a place where he played! He was just a fixture in Pointe du Chene. He always had that cheery wave as he passed by on his bike and as others said in a pair of trunks, towel over his shoulders and I never saw him in the water without his ever present bathing cap. I know he was greatly respected by everyone. You will miss him dearly, but he left you with wonderful memories that can never be taken away. May he live on in your hearts forever. Deepest condolences – Debby Stuart

  27. Diane and Family: I am sure you have very fond memories of your Dad and Grandpa and his love of life and living it to the fullest. May your memories give you comfort.

  28. Oh Diane and family, i am so sorry to hear this news. He sounded like such a lovely man. I wish i would have met him. Aren’t you all so fortunate to have had him this long and have so many wonderful memories. Take care guys, Hugs

  29. So sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. He and Ann were such a welcoming couple and always had time for lots of laughs and great conversation. He is a legend with such a warm heart and will be missed. Deepest sympathies to David, Diane, Dean and their families and friends.

  30. I will sure miss Murray at the Pointe. He will be missed but we will feel his presence with us as we jump and take our swims off the wharf. A wonderful caring man who changed the lives of so many of us kids who are no longer kids! As I swim across our lake at home daily, in the summer, I will remember Murray as the man who made swimming fun! Love and prayers to all of you 🙏

  31. We wanted to send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear father. His obituary beautifully described a life well lived & loved.

    Barb & Scott Oickle

  32. My condolences to the family. Murray was a wonderful neighbor that was always kind and optimistic. He and I had wonderful conversations about gardening, roofing, deck building, music, etc, it didn’t matter what the topic was because Murray was always interested and happy to talk. My wife and were in awe of his child like curiosity and his youthful spirit, Murray embraced life and had the ability to lift those around him, We will miss him!

  33. A beautifully written and most accurate obituary of a patriarch, gentleman in everyway and wonderful friend we all so loved and will be greatly missed in all of our lives. Short addendums tmight be the last man who waterskied on Jones Lake (about half of a century ago) and a lover of many of the sea’s treasures, oysters forever. Thank you Murr for who you were. Marc & Lynn.

  34. Diane, Deane, David and families,
    So sorry to learn about your dad’s passing. He was so well-known (and well loved) by many. Interestingly enough, on the day of his passing I had walked by his house and it crossed my mind I hadn’t seem him recently. And that evening at the Pointe du Chène wharf, I was describing to visiting friends the summer ritual of jumping off the wharf, including your 90 year old dad at the time. I sent the video along as proof to my visitors. How fitting I was talking about him at the wharf on the day he departed. I have had a few ‘just lovely’ swims in his honour and will say ‘Hello Murray’ whenever at the Pointe. He has reunited with your mom, another loving person, and no doubt they will carry on entertaining many while blessing the Pointe from above. Thinking of you at this sad time. Circle of life we know about…but still isn’t easy.

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