OBITUARY

Honourable John Murray Ferron, QC

January 12, 1927February 16, 2021
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John Murray Ferron, Q.C. January 12, 1927 - February 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of John “Murray” Ferron, Q.C. Beloved husband of Ruth “Joanne” of 65 years and father of Drew (Kathy) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lawrence (Lara) of Toronto and Murray (Luisa) of Oakville. Predeceased by his parents, John Ferron and Mary Connell, and siblings Glenn, Georgina, Etta, Annie, Bruce and June. Survived by siblings Lorna Dean, Barbara Joan Fraser and Robert Ferron along with his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Murray grew up in Toronto on Queen St. E at Carlaw. After completing public school he attended Queens University class of 1949 and furthered his education at Osgoode Hall, and was called to the Bar in 1955. Murray articled at the law firm of Smith and Codwell where he met Joanne, the love of his life. They married in September 1955 and recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. He opened his own practice and in 1972 he received the Honour of Queens Counsel. Murray was appointed a Master and Registrar in Bankruptcy in 1973 and was well known in the judicial community. He retired in 1999 after a successful and lengthy career. Murray was a great connoisseur of world history, fine art, poetry, music and wine. Murray and Joanne regularly enjoyed attending the symphony and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and were social active members of the Toronto Hunt Club. They raised their family in The Beaches and remained there for 63 years. In his spare time you could find him in his beautiful gardens on Glen Manor Dr. E., which he maintained and nurtured until moving to Oakville in 2019. His love of natures’ beauty and fine arts were generously shared with his grandchildren, MacKenzie Ferron (Jamieson Skinner), Vancouver, Savannah (Arne Peterson), Houston, TX., Evan and Dylan Ferron, Oakville and Tate and Rowan Ferron, Toronto. He was always and foremost a loving and devoted husband, father and papa. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Chartwell Waterford Retirement communities in Oakville for their loving care. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honour when it is safe to do so. Memorial donations may be made through Giffen-Mack Funeral Home.

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Lynne West

March 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to Joanne and family. I have so many fond memories of my years as Murray’s secretary. From my time at Harries, Houser to the move to his Bay Street sole practice, I learned so much and we became such good friends. The family attended our wedding and in fact Murray toasted the Bride. We kept in touch until just the last few years. He will be greatly missed .

Rest In Peace,
Lynne West

Anne Colquhoun

February 28, 2021

Just heard of your husband's passing and am so sorry for your loss. I did not know your husband well, but do have many happy memories with you at church playing in our Handbell Choir. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Bohdanna Kovalskyj

February 20, 2021

Master J. Murray Ferron, a gentleman, a scholar, a fair and patient judicial officer.
Remember, O Lord our God, this Your servant, our brother, and learned Registrar in Bankruptcy, Master J. Murray Ferron, QC, who now stands before You in faith and hope of eternal life.
Release him from all his sins. Pardon, loose, and free him from all transgressions, voluntary and involuntary.
Grant him to enjoy and to share in Your eternal happiness which You have prepared for all who love You.
Be merciful, Lord, to Your servant. Look rather upon his faith than his works, and grant him rest with all Your Saints.
To the soul of Your servant, Master J. Murray Ferron, who has fallen asleep, grant rest in a place of light, a place of verdure, and a place of tranquility.
Sincere condolences to Master Ferron's wife, their children and grandchildren.
May his memory be Eternal.
Chee-Kong Leong and Bohdanna Kovalskyj
Toronto

Carol Childerson

February 19, 2021

Murray Ferron was a true gentleman.

He treated all with kindness, including a young woman swimming (drowning?) in the new and foreign waters of the insolvency field.

His interests were expansive: lunch with him, a conversational delight. I also met him and his wife, Joanne, on occasion at the Stratford Festival. His warmth and willingness to share marked him as a special human being.

He will be missed and remembered by many.

Gail Tabbitt

February 19, 2021

Our regards and hello to the whole family, big hugs to Joanne!

Ross Linton

February 19, 2021

I have read the memories that have been submitted for Murray. Being a fellow Master I feel that I am entitled to refer to my friend as Murray rather than Master Ferron. I concur with what has been said about him. He was a fine man - very well respected. He and I had a very close relationship when we were both members of the Masters Court. He and I were almost like kindred spirits - we both liked art - we both liked music - we both liked gardening just to mention a few of our common interests. My sincere sympathy and condolences to his family.

Chee-Kong Leong

February 19, 2021

Sincere condolences to his wife, Murray Ferron Junior, an Official Receiver at the OSB, and their extended family.
Master Ferron was the Best Registrar, learned, cool and calm as well as very patient.
For my own files as well as many files which I did as a per diem "wind up trustee" at taxation and discharge hearings, I enjoyed appearing before Master Ferron. Before I received my Trustee licence, my mentor at Touche Ross usually take me along to the Court House at 145 Queen Street West.
There was an occasion where a solicitor appearing for a municipality was appealing a Trustee's decision. I asked for permission to speak although I was not a party on the matter. I indicated to Master Ferron, that I recall a very similar matter was dealt with in the the book, Crown Priority in Insolvency by Anne Hardy, and indicated to Master Ferron that when I am back at my office, I will photocopy and fax the relevant pages to him.
During one of the taxation for a very big file which I wound up for a Bay Street Trustee, he surprised me by granting my request that interest (high interest rates in the 1990's) accrued since the date of the SRD be paid to the Trustee.
Master Ferron and I had lunch on several occasions, and he almost always ordered lox on a bagel. He said that he never has lunch with any of the younger professionals, like me (young then, in the early 1990's).
Master Ferron and his lovely wife were at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church and the reception when my wife and I got married.
After his retirement, I visited him at his home during Beaujolais Nouveau week, on several occasions.
Murray Ferron Jr. and I were planning to visit him in Dec 2019, but unfortunately did not, due to COVID, In Dec 2020, Murray Jr. read my Christmas card and letter to him.
May his memory be Eternal.
Chee-Kong Leong

Harold Brief

February 19, 2021

My condolences on the passing of a true gentleman and a knowledgeable and fair person. Everyone who appeared before him in Court was treated with utmost respect and knew that they were going to get a fair hearing. May his memory be for a blessing.

Jay Harris

February 18, 2021

Murray to everyone in the insolvency field was known as the Registrar as if there were none other or would ever be. He certainly stood up to this namesake. When I entered the Bankruptcy industry 35 years ago he was the Registrar. Throughout the years we were in court together he was always a gentleman. He was stern when necessary but inviting to all the professionals keeping his cool. I want to give my deepest condolences to the entire family

Jay Harris

Aldis Makovskis

February 18, 2021

I appeared before Master Ferron on a number of taxations and other insolvency-related hearings. His review of presented materials always was thorough with any of his queries being relevant. His decisions on contested matters were well thought-out and precise and, at least in my experience, were not appealed. I always was amazed that, in most instances, his decision was rendered prior to the end of the related hearing. His occasional humorous comments, with reference to submitted materials, added to the pleasantries of appearing before him. I offer my condolences to his family.

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