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George Murray

MURRAY, GEORGE ERNEST, Squadron Leader, DFC, CD - Ernie passed away peacefully at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottawa, ON on October 21, 2011 at the age of 90 years. Cherished husband of Constance (Carlin) Murray for 67 years and much loved father of Rick of Timmins, ON and Joan Schnare of Ottawa, ON. Wonderful grandfather (and great-grandfather to be) to Rebecca Halchuk (Peter), Laura Schnare (Nick Maiorino) and Rob Schnare all of Ottawa. Survived by his brother Charles Murray of Saint John, NB. Ernie spent most of his early years in Saint John, NB. During World War II, he did a tour of operations as a navigator in 427 and 415 Squadrons of 6 (RCAF) Group of Bomber Command. Later he served in various functions at numerous RCAF locations. He joined Employment and Immigration Canada in Ottawa in 1970 in the telecommunications field.
Friends are invited to visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue, (at Richmond Road), Ottawa on Monday, October 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, October 25, at 11 am followed by cremation with private interment on Friday, October 28, 2011 at the National Military Cemetery in Beechwood Cemetery. In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr
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