Neil John Murray

May 8, 1933December 26, 2020
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Peacefully at home in Bowmanville on December 26th in his 88th year. Son of the late Finlay and Jessie Murray. A proud Scotsman, Neil immigrated to Canada from Barvas, Isle of Lewis in 1967 eventually settling in Sault Ste. Marie. In 1989 his days as a bachelor ended when he married his beloved Elsie (Maki/Frech) with whom he shared over 31 wonderful years. Adored and admired father to Scott Maki (Laura) of Hamilton, Allison Corbett (Dave) of Bowmanville and Heather Kazmierczak (Chris) of Farmington Hills Michigan, who were all so blessed to have had Neil in their lives. Dear brother of Mairi MacDonald (late Donald) of Ottawa, the late John Murray (late Nora) and the late Alexander (Sandy) Murray (Etta) of Barvas. Dear brother-in-law to Marion Rosso (late Joe) of Sault Ste. Marie. Proud grandfather to Erich (Katelin) and Adam Bogensberger (Olivia), Stephanie and Jennifer Maki, Alex and Andrew Kazmierczak. Great-Grandfather (GGPa) to Jannah, Davey and Emmett Bogensberger. Special uncle to many nieces and nephews both in Canada and in Europe. Neil was a hardworking, kind and generous man who was always there to support his family and friends and whose company he enjoyed. He will be fondly remembered for his love of his family, literature, chocolate, ice cream drumsticks, making snow shoveling an art, and his swimming pool on Cartier St. which was enjoyed by his family, many friends and, on rare occasions, Neil himself. A heartfelt thank you to all of the caring staff of Bowmanville Creek Retirement Residence, Dr. W. Lottering and the many health care professionals who supported Neil over the past several months. A very special thank you to Bruce Cooke who accompanied our beloved Neil on his last journey. A celebration of Neil’s life will take place in the future when Covid restrictions are lifted and family and friends can gather. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Sick Kids Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation or charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Courtice Funeral Chapel, 1587 Hwy #2, Courtice. Condolences –

Gu beatha a 'fuireach gu math. Slàinte , (To a life well-lived. Cheers)


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Kayla Cruickshank

January 18, 2021

Neil was my great uncle, which is actually a wonderful way to describe him. He was pretty great.

My childhood is filled with fond happy memories of all those warm summer days spent at uncle Neil and aunty Elsies pool. You always felt welcome there, they greeted you with a smile every time. Plus it didn’t hurt that they always had popsicles or freezies on hand. But perhaps the best part was swinging in the hammock as he puttered around in the garden giving you all the best tips on plants.

I remember how in love Neil and Elsie were and how she meant so much to him. She gave him a wonderful family that I’m sure made his life feel so much more complete. I will always remember as a child I thought he was my Shenars brother, rather than my granny’s. They had such a wonderful friendship and bond. The house was always filled with laughter and entertainment when they were together.

He will be missed by so many, but has left a lasting impression. All our love to aunty Elsie and Allison for taking such good care of them both.


January 17, 2021

With deep sadness and love to Aunty Elsie and family and my Mum and family (we are, after all, all one) condolences on the passing of my uncle Neil.

I remember when he would come home to Scotland. We would wait with great anticipation for the gifts he would bring, we all thought he was a millionaire, us kids anyway. There would be lots of partying and he was even known to disappear for a few days partying with his old friends. (when you're cool you're cool.)

He is also the reason our family came to Canada ('75) and he was there for us every step of the way. I remember when he picked us up at the airport in the Soo in his huge blue Buick le Sabre (huge to us because Scotland had small cars for years). Reminded me of an American gangster movie. I still remember the ride in to the Soo, the tall grass, the dark bush, what kind of land is this? Thank you Neil for us striking roots in Canada.

There are also many happy memories of our lives in Canada. All the Christmas dinners at Fanny's on Arizona Ave. where we spent our first few months in the Soo. Birthday parties, new years, day trips, weddings and just hanging out.

With all love and respect to a cool uncle, we will miss you and cherish the times we had together.
God bless, rest in peace, the coming to end of a generation, a different way of life
May the angel of peace encompass Elsie and all our family.
Love forever, Derek

Elsie Murray

January 13, 2021

I am so thankful to God for the more than 31 years of marriage that we shared. We were blessed with love and support from both sides of our families. Love, Elsie

"A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, everyone's friend.
In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved, and will never forget."

Shona MacDonald

January 8, 2021

Dearest Elsie we are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Neil’s life was complete when he married you, he became a husband , a father, and later a grandfather and great grandfather. He loved you all so much.
It is with deepest sadness that I write this tribute to you Uncle Neil. You were and continue to be so loved. Uncle Neil was humble, kind, trustworthy, accepting, supportive, loving and caring. Through the joyful times, and painful times you were there for me (us). I am extremely fortunate to have had you as my uncle. Oh my gosh we miss you. I am very grateful for the wonderful visit I had with you just before your passing. Love Shona , Tim, Sadie and Myles

Abbie DiDonato

January 4, 2021

Elsie and Family, please accept our condolences as we are so sorry to hear of Neil’s passing. Neil was such a nice person and always pleasant to talk with.
Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. RIP Neil.

Abbie & Peggi (Williamson) DiDonato

Bruce Mitchell

January 4, 2021

Rest in peace Neil, you were a pleasure to work with and to know

Don Laity

January 4, 2021

So sorry, Allison, for the loss of your Dad.
Keeping you and family in prayer!
Don Laity

Cristina Greco

January 4, 2021

Sincere condolences from Cristina and Gianluca Greco

Diane Thomas

January 4, 2021

Dear Elsie and family, our deepest sympathy in the passing of your husband Neil and loved one. The fondest memories with great respect of Neil’s gentle and quiet personality. May you find comfort during this difficult time.
Love and prayers,
Diane and Jim Thomas

Ian MacKenzie

January 4, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Neil only once in Sault Ste Marie , he was very proud of his Hebridean upbringing, my mother was just south of Lewis in Harris. Nice gentleman wish I had known him more. From one Scot to another God Bless You Neil. Ian and Donna MacKenzie And Family