McEachern, Murray Lorne

Born in Arthur Township, Wellington County on February 22, 1926, a son of the late Harvey Lorne McEachern and Florence Mae (nee Morrison), Murray passed away at Errinrung Residence in Thornbury on January 1, 2021 in his 95th year.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife and best friend Kathleen ‘Kay’ Frankum on December 13, 2009. The couple, who had been lifelong friends since their teen years, were married in Harriston in 1952 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage at the time of Kay’s death.  She and Murray retired to the Thornbury area some time ago and were actively involved in the community while health permitted and maintained a strong connection to the many friendships developed over those years.

Murray is remembered as a much loved father, ‘Dad’ and grandfather by his family: daughter Janice and her husband Claus Zimmer of Collingwood and his sons Matthew and Michael Zimmer; son Scott McEachern of London and children Alex and his wife Kayla, Tori, and Katie McEachern; daughter Laurie Murray of Kitchener and children Melissa and her husband Sam Hillifer and Cameron Murray.  He was predeceased also by a son Bill McEachern of Goderich in December of 2019.

He is survived by his sister Doris Gascho (late Bob) of Collingwood, Jean Woods (late George) of Mount Forest, and was predeceased by a sister Marion (Dave) Fielding of Toronto, brothers Donald and James (Phyllis) McEachern of Stoney Creek and Robert McEachern (Isabell) of Kitchener.

Murray was a special uncle to his many nieces and nephews and their families.

Due to the many restrictions placed upon us by the Covid health regulations, there will be no public visitation at this time and a family funeral service will be conducted at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9  followed by a service of committal and interment at Harriston Cemetery where Murray will be interred with his beloved wife Kay.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, donations to Grace United Church Memorial Fund (cheques only please) or online to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca would be appreciated.

Details

Service: A private family service and interment will take place

Donations: Grace United Church Memorial Fund (cheques only please) or Heart and Stroke Foundation
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Mary Trumble
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    We have lost a wonderful man! He was such a joy and a wonderful neighbour! Thinking of you Laurie and family.Rest In Peace Murray!
    Mary and Rick Trumble

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  2. Steve & Gail Yantzi
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    Our sincerest condolences to the McEachern & extended families. Murray will be missed. We have many fond memories of him & Kathleen during the “Shur-Gain” business days, and many social gatherings since, We enjoyed our last visit with him in Collingwood back in June 2019. His work is finished, Rest In Peace Murray.

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  3. Ron & Rose Marcy
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    We are saddened to learn of Murray’s passing. Our sincere condolences to his family.
    Murray was our neighbour for many years when he and Kaye and their family lived in Stratford. Not only were they neighbours, but were also family friends – a friendship that has continued through the years.
    Murray was a good man and an excellent neighbour. May he Rest In Peace.

    Ron & Rose Marcy & family

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  4. Linda & Ron Greason
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to Laurie and the rest of Murray’s family.
    He was a wonderful man and a true gentleman.
    Many memories of Murray at Shur-Gain will be cherished forever.
    Really enjoyed the visit in Collingwood with Murray.
    Murray always had a smile and a kind word.

    Linda & Ron Greason

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  5. Murray Stewart
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    Marnie and I are sorry to learn of Murray’s Passing. Our memories are of a friend and colleague who made friends because of his dedication ,loyalty ,and sense of humour. Our sincere condolences.

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  6. Bonna Richmond
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    My sincere condolences to the McEachern family. Murray was a very special, caring person. I have wonderful memories of him as well as Kay as neighbours. Murray was especially kind and supportive to Paul and I during Paul’s illness with cancer. I will always think fondly of those times.
    Bonna Richmond

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  7. Ken and Jean Kelley
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    Ken and I send our condolences to Murray’s family. We spent many fun filled hours with both Kay and Murray at the Meaford Curling Rink and in our homes playing Euchre. Murray was a kind and thoughtful gentleman, we constantly marvelled at his fantastic memory of past events and names.

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  8. Gail Reed
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    Thinking of all the wonderful memories we had growing up over the last 55 years. My thoughts are with you all.

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  9. Diane E Baker
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    My sincere condolences to Scott McEachern, Alex & Kayla, Tori and Katie. Also to Laurie, Cameron, Melissa & Sam; Janice & Claus; Doris; Dave and Bill Fielding; Jean. These are some of his family that I met since Jan 2010 and have such fond memories of Murray. He was a true gentleman and always had a smile and kind words for everyone. He developed a good friendship with my special-needs brother David and they had visits, tel calls and sent cards-which gave them both smiles for 9 years. I cherish memories of sharing meals/visits with Murray and Scott in Thornbury/Collingwood. He was always happy to have company and reminised stories of Katheen, farming, Shur/Gain and of course his children and grandchildren* RIP dear Murray. We will surely miss you. Another angel in Heaven. David, Diane, Ida Baker, London, On

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  10. Jo Szabo
    Monday, January 4, 2021

    Always the twinkle in his eye – Keeping us on our toes.

    Always such a role model – be it taking up skiing when most were giving it up or showing us the value in tracking your gas consumption and good car care. Never one to sit around was he.

    May you rest easy now.

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  11. Bonnie Hammond
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    My condolences to Murray’s family – he was a true gentleman & will be missed. May your wonderful memories of him help you through this difficult time. He was an important part of the Grace Church Family for many years! Bonnie Hammond

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  12. Louise & Garry Lamont
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    We have fond memories of Murray and Kay . They used to sit near us in church and attend a lot of the church functions. They were such a lovely couple.

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  13. Pat Grant
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Murray and Kay were friends and fellow members of Grace United. Kay and I sat side by side in the choir for several years. They are remembered fondly. Condolences to their family.

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  14. corinne bassett
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Laurie and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. From what I hear about Murray his loss will be profound. May you all hold your great memories close to you to get you through this difficult time.

    When the ski hills open, Laurie and I will do a run in his memory.

    Corinne Bassett-Broder

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  15. sylvia bell
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    My sympathy to Murray’s family. He and Kay were good friends of my parents, Hazel and George South.
    Murray often phoned Hazel from Chartwell to Central Place in Owen Sound.

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  16. Wayne Heath
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    My sincere condolences to Murry’s family in their loss. Murray was a great man. I first met Kay and Murray through the Beaver Valley Probus Club and then curled with them with the “Senior” curlers in Meaford. After Kay’s passing and his decision to move into Chartwell, I had to interrupt card games to visit him there. He was a regular attendee at the Tuesday Grief Group lunches and always had a story to tell. The last time I saw him at Errinrung before the pandemic, he was still in good humour, and that is how I will remember Murray always.

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  17. Jeff McEachern
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    R I P. Uncle Murray wut a Ride ! You can now be Aunt Kathleen, all your lil brothers , Aunt Marion skiing ⛷ around the Rainbow bridge . with that WUNDERFUL smile . Amen JJ McE. son of Uncle Donald McEachern

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  18. Patti Schellenberger
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Thinking of you all at this time. “Mr. McEachern” as I would call him growing up across the street from him, he always teased me to no end, but I loved it and would have worried if he didn’t. He would tease about something and then have that beautiful smile on his face!
    Wonderful Man that lived a wonderful full life in so many ways. Rest in Peace now Murray.
    Love Patti

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  19. John Kellough
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Well done Murray! Life well lived, lots of great memories! Hanover, Stratford, Meaford, Thornbury, Skiing, Dealer Meetings, Feed School, Sales Conferences AND The Largest Retirement Celebration we’ve had the privilege to attend! Thank You!
    Our sincere condolences. John & Joyce Kellough

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  20. Jerry Vergeer
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Murray was a special person who gave so much to so many throughout his life and business career. I was lucky enough to be trained by Murray as a rookie Shur-Gain rep (1984) in Perth county. He taught me so much during that period, which I tried to carry with me for my entire career.
    I also vividly remember Murray winning all the sales awards!!!! No one else had a chance until he retired – LOL
    Rest in Peace Murray as you reunite with Kathleen.
    Our sincere condolences, Jerry and Joanne Vergeer

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  21. Betty Kirbyson
    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Murray and Kay’s children and grandchildren during these challenging times. Murray became a friend of mine during these past few years. Fondly remember visiting with Mary Dillon and having lunch with Murray at Chartwell and visiting him when he moved to Errinrung. He was a charming man and will be missed by many.

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  22. Donna Kearns
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Our condolences to your family as you mourn the death of a father and grandfather. We have memories of good conversations with Murray during coffee time at Grace. May your memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead. Thinking of you.

    Rob and Donna Kearns

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