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"PHO" 2003 Obituary


PHOENIX o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-04-07 published
MURRAY, James Findlay, M.D., Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
A much respected, much loved and wonderful man has died. Peacefully but suddenly on April 4, 2003 in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Shirley for 57 years, dearest father to John (Jenny), Bill (Stephanie), Claire and Hugh, adored grandfather to Amy and Katie (Milne), Robert and Olivia (Murray) and Scott and Cameron (Murray). Dear brother to Betty LAMBERT and the late Margaret PHOENIX, and cherished by his nieces, nephews and many relatives and Friends. He loved life with a passion, and deeply touched the hearts of countless people through the myriad organizations and endeavours he undertook. Born in Toronto, Jim attended Oakwood Collegiate, and University of Toronto where he graduated from medical school in 1943 as the permanent class president and Valedictorian, and recipient of the George Biggs Trophy. From 1944-46 he served as Captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and subsequently undertook his surgical training at the University of Toronto and at McGill University in Montreal. In 1953 he joined the Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital, where he became head of Plastic Surgery and later Surgeon-in-Chief. He organized a specialized hand clinic, and was then appointed the consultant Hand Surgeon at the Ontario Workers' Compensation Board. Jim MURRAY is considered one of the pioneers of modern hand surgery in Canada. In 1983, he founded and became the first director of the Hand Service at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and in 1985 he was bestowed the honour of Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Over the years he held numerous professional positions including the Presidencies of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Where he was known as ''Doc'', Jim served as team doctor for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the ''glory years'' from 1948-1964, and liked to claim he led them to 5 Stanley Cups. He was head doctor for Team Canada's 1972 Canada-Russia Hockey Series. This remarkable man who is sadly missed has brought warmth, love, humour, magic and a human touch to so many people, and above all to his Friends and dear family. The family will receive Friends and relatives at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A. W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a memorial service to mark Jim's passing and celebrate his life on Thursday, April 10 at 11 o'clock at Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 1200 Bay Street, Suite 202, Toronto M5R 2A5.

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