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Scott James Murray

July 25, 1955August 28, 2021
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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing on August 28, 2021 of Scott James Murray, aged 66, of Halifax, NS. He was the youngest child of the late George Murray and Nonie (Wallace) Murray of Pictou, NS.

He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Patricia, and their children, Alison (Miles) Rhynas of Victoria, BC, John of Halifax, NS, Susan of Vancouver, BC/Halifax, NS, and Margot of Halifax, NS.

Also surviving are his siblings Margot (Ron) Walberg of Thunder Bay, ON, Dr. T.J. (Jock) (Janet) Murray of Halifax, NS, Janet Henley of Toronto, ON, Maida of Halifax, NS, Wendy of Halifax, NS, Ian of Toronto, ON, and sister-in-law Shirley Murray of Pictou, NS. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews, all of whom he held so dear and of whom he was immensely proud.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Wallace and his wife Marie of Vancouver, BC, Bruce of Pictou, NS, Ross and his wife Pat of Halifax, NS, brothers-in-law, John Henley of Toronto, ON, and Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Murray of Halifax, NS. He was also predeceased by his beloved niece Suellen Murray, of Halifax, NS.

From his wife’s family he sadly leaves his father-in-law John Coulter of Tatamagouche/Halifax, NS, his sisters and brothers-in law Linda and David Turner of Guelph, ON, Susan Coulter of Halifax,NS, and Michael Coulter of Cochrane AB. Also mourning his loss are his nieces and nephews-in-law for whom he held a very special place in his heart. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law Marjorie Coulter of Tatamagouche/Halifax, NS, and brother-in-law Colin Millward of Tantallon, NS.

After graduating in 1980 from Dalhousie Medical School, Scott went on to practice family medicine in Elora, ON, a time for which he held great fondness. He then returned to Dalhousie to pursue the specialty of Dermatology and completed his studies in 1987 from the University of Ottawa. He practiced Dermatology in Halifax for 34 years and was an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Dermatology and Cutaneous Science at Dalhousie University, throughout which he spent many fulfilling years imparting his knowledge and experience. He was an accomplished and astute physician but was best known for his caring approach, his genuine interest in the lives of his patients, his quick wit, and ability to find the humour and joy in all situations. He never lost his love of learning and held a sharp curiosity for all nature of things in heaven and on earth.

Scott was also known for his musical skills, in particular his ability as a pianist. His natural ear and eclectic taste in music led him from classical studies, to rock & roll as a member of the doctor group MD5 with whom he took great pleasure in performing for several decades. Unprompted and in great testament to his skill, he often delighted his children with farcical renditions of well-known songs, adding to the incessant rollicks of the household, with him leading the way.

1987 marked the year of the birth of Scott’s first child, with three more to follow in 1989, 1991, and 1993. Becoming a father to his four children was his greatest joy and his most precious achievement. His eternal love for his wife, Patricia, was clear to all. Always loving, wise and kind, he gave himself unconditionally to his family who adored him in return. He will be forever missed.

Arrangements and cremation have been entrusted to J. A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS. Visitation will be held October 9 at from 2:00-3:00 pm with a Celebration of Life to immediately follow. Private interment will occur October 10 at Sea View Cemetery in Braeshore, Pictou Co., at 2:00 pm.

Messages of condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021

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Jacques Thibault

October 20, 2021

Dr. Murray was my dermatologist for many as he treated my psoriasis. Dr Murray started me on a stelara program which change my life completely. I'm very sad of his passing. He was very nice person to talk to. God bless his family.

Brian MacDonald

October 14, 2021

I was shocked to hear of Scott's passing as I had planned on contacting him this summer on our visit to Halifax. I regret letting so many years pass before reconnecting. I have many fond memories of our times at Halifax West, the Round House, playing music, competing together in the Nova Scotia Talent contest , fun times in an experimental music class at Dalhousie. A kind soul, a brilliant mind and a great sense of humour… so many laughs.
My sincere condolences
Brian MacDonald

Craig Meister

October 13, 2021

Reading through the memories, it is striking how one person can still have such a positive effect on so many people, even in today's detached, digitalized world. It is not at all surprising to see the kind words and warm recollections of several other patients. From the first time I was referred to Dr. Murray, it was obvious that he treated people in a manner that was personalized, professional, self-deprecatingly funny and often included talk of common connections.
Seeing similar comments from his friends and some mutual acquaintances reinforces the ability he had to make those around him feel special.
I was saddened to hear the tragic news last week, and would like to pass on condolences to the family.

JOHN LANDRY

October 12, 2021

Trish,
I am an old friend of Scott's. We met when he first came to Halifax and spent high school together at Halifax West and undergrad at Dal. We were good friends and we knew each other well. We did the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at Help Line to pad our applications for next step after undergrad. I always knew he was destined for a full and good life and I am happy to see that as I watch the tribute, I was right.
Life took us down different paths and they never did cross despite the smallness of our geography and great memories we had shared.
I regret that deeply and merely want to add to the testaments of Scott's intelligence, humour, humility and love of family.
Please accept me sincere condolences.
John Landry

Elinor Lu-Olaco

October 11, 2021

I opened my family practice and came across his name as dermatologist. Ever since I sent my first referral to him, I cannot stop sending my patients to him because he was a superb consultant. Not only did he treat my patients well , he also saw them in a timely manner. He was my go to dermatologist because apart from treating my patients, he also taught me in his consult letters which was so pleasant to read.
One of my goal was to meet him and to let him know how excellent he was and how I enjoyed reading his consult notes as if he was there teaching me. In fact when my daughter was referred to a dermatologist I wanted her to be referred to him . But sadly, this will not be so. I am happy though that at least I saw his picture and put a face to his name.
Dr. Murray, I honor you this day and may God bless you as you rest in peace!

Pam MacIntyre

October 11, 2021

My deepest condolences to Trish and family . I had the pleasure to work with Scott at dermatology associates . His caring ways for his patients, family and friends, his wit and genuine smile always made me smile . Such a pleasure to have worked with an amazing person and Dermatologist

Mrs.Jennifer Mannette

October 10, 2021

My fondest memory is the day I had shared lunch at the Prince's Lodge with Great Aunt Nonie and Scott. My Aunt Rita took me along as her lunch date and it was during that visit I got acquainted with Scott. So many stories and having never been in the Lodge prior, it certainly was an amazing time. This was a long time ago but it left a lasting, and lovely remembrance. I share my deepest condolences for your loss and I only wish I could have heard his music float across the ivory keys! My Mom has the same beautiful piano touch.
Regards,
Jennifer
Halifax, NS
(daughter of Marjorie MacDonald, Pictou)

C Heughan

October 9, 2021

Scott touched so many lives in his pursuit of laughter, his warmth, and his gift of healing. The dermatology community will not be the same without him. He will be missed.

wayne gulliver

October 9, 2021

Bev and I send our condolences the The Murray family. Great respect and admiration for Scott . An amazing family person, incredible dermatologist and teacher. Dry and cutting wit and friend to many.
Wayne and Bev Gulliver

John & Susan Walter

October 9, 2021

We were both patients of Dr Scott Murray, and were shocked to learn that our recent visits to his office would be our last. His obvious professional competence was always accompanied by good humour, interest in our welfare, discussion of music and witty observations about the state of the world. It was always a pleasure to visit him. It is such a pity that he did not have a longer life, and we can only imagine how much he will be missed by his family and friends. Please accept our condolences.
John & Susan Walter