Murray BOLES

BOLES, Murray August 16, 1954 –

September 10, 2004

With great sadness we announce the passing of Murray Boles, after a courageous battle with Cancer. Surrounded by family at the end, he will be sadly missed by his parents, Harry and Annette Boles, seven brothers and sisters: Ken (Amy), Merle Judd (Ken), David (Bev), Val Arrotta (Pat), Carol Vonau ( Wayne Oak), Clarke ( Helen Downey), Billie Boles, 15 nieces and nephews and 8 grand nieces and nephews, numerous Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends. Born in Carberry, Manitoba he distinguished himself during his school years, by remaining on the honour roll throughout his education, making many friends and entertaining all whom he met. He had a life long love for plant and animal life and for travel, reading and writing. After leaving school he moved to Winnipeg to work for Eaton’s Catalogue centre and was transferred to Calgary in 1976 as a Stationary Engineer for Eaton’s Southcentre. In time he changed his career path to join the Service Industry working in many Hotels and Eating establishments in Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta. He especially appreciated the friendship and support of management and staff at the Regal Beagle Pub where he last worked and the many friends he made in the restaurant industry throughout his career. He had three main mottos in life: “I make sticks grow”; “Once a stray has a name it is home”~ they all got names; and “leave ’em laughing”. His wit and humour remained clearly evident to the end of his life as was his kind and generous spirit and loving concern for his family and friends for whom he worked very hard to ease our sorrow during this difficult transition. Although he remained fiercely independent to the end, with great patience he tolerated the many ministrations of his four sisters. His generosity of spirit continues on after his death with the garden he has lovingly created during his last few months of life and with his bequest of his body for medical education and research.

We want to thank Dr. Rakhra and Maggie at the Ayurved Naturopathic Clinic who helped us to give him the strength to carry out some of his goals near the end of his life. And Dr. Hui and the ICU and third floor nurses and medical staff in Foothills Hospital for their compassion and efforts on Murray’s and his family’s behalf through his final days. And the pharmacists at City Centre Rexall Drugs in Calgary who always treated him with great kindness and concern.

The family will be planting a tree in his memory at Nose Creek Valley Memorial Forest. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Murray’s name to the charity of your choice. Private Memorial.

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