WWII - Veteran
Murray passed away on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, at Meaford Long Term Care at the age of 101.
Murray was predeceased by his wife, Doris Muriel in 2007.
He was born in 1922 to Hannah (nee Richardson) and Christopher Gardiner in Thamesville, Ontario and was the youngest of four boys, Howard being the eldest, Ralph and Kenneth, all of whom have predeceased Murray.
The Gardiner family eventually settled in Mimico as Chris took a job in the Purchasing Department of the Ontario Hospital in Mimico. It was there that Murray met Doris, in his teens, at the Small Arms Factory, making armaments for the war. Murray and Doris became dance partners at the Palais Royale dance hall on Lakeshore Avenue, and partners for life. They were married for 64 years.
Murray was the much-loved father of Ted (Sharon), Chris (Millie), Barbara (Fernand) and Laura (Dick) and was so proud of his grandchildren Ben, Leah, Emma, Sherisse, Greg, Jason, Matthew, and David. Murray is also proudly the great grandfather to Max, Grace, Mason, Jordan, A.J., Jaydon, Nedysse, Noah, Jacob, Noah, Ezra, Immanuel, Samuel, Michael-Benjamin, Theodore, Felix and Pierce.
Murray was a World War II veteran, posted in Dauphin, Manitoba during the war as an aircraft instrument panel technician.
Post war, he went back to university and graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy and practiced in his own stores in Weston and Downsview until closing them and moving to North Bay. From 1976 to 1995, Murray worked for his original partner from the Weston store, Rod Prophet, at Ferris Drugs. When Murray decided to retire, he only retired part time, choosing to work each summer in Huntsville for John Murton at Huntsville Discount Drugs, where he and Doris lived full time at the cottage. Winters were spent in Vero Beach, Florida. Murray was very proud of his degree and loved helping people get well.
Murray’s hobbies and passions were his cottage and singing. He was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing of America (SPEBQSOA) and sang and performed with the Toronto Chapter for many years, as a chorus member as well as in quartets. He was also their President for several years. After retirement, he sang with the Vero Beach Florida chapter and had a lot of fun singing with a popular quartet called “Catch of the Day”.
Murray and Doris fell in love with cottage life and particularly 3 Mile Lake outside of Burks Falls. They had a family cottage there where idyllic summer holidays filled with sun, sand, the beach, BBQ’s, water fights, playing euchre and gin rummy and trips to Huntsville were enjoyed. Fortunately, the tradition continued for 35 years, and his grandchildren were also fortunate enough to have these experiences at the beloved cottage.
The family will receive friends for a service at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on June 17th, 2023 at 1 o’clock. A private interment in Whitby will take place at a later date.
A special thank you to the nurses and staff at Meaford Long Term Care, Riverside Lane Wing for their loving care of this man.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Georgian Triangle Humane Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
Funeral Service at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford.
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