Obituary of Murray William "Pinky" Burrows,CD., Glace Bay
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear brother, Murray William Burrows, age 81 at Glace Bay Hospital on July 7, 2020. He was a resident of Taigh Na Mara Nursing home the past two years. Born in Glace Bay on June 18, 1939, he was the son of the late Murray William Sr. and Tina (McNeil) Burrows. After attending school at South St., Lakeview, St. Anthony’s, Holy Cross and St. Anne’s High, Murray joined the Canadian Armed Forces where he served for thirty-eight years. During that time, as a Peace Keeper, he was stationed to many parts of Canada and other countries - Egypt, Israel (Golan) Heights, Venice, Germany, Holland, France, England, Scotland, Denmark, Singapore, Austria and Cyprus. No matter where he went, he always brought home something he thought his family would like. He joined the Legion wherever he was stationed. He was currently a member of Branch 3 Legion and the Peacekeepers. After his retirement he returned to Glace Bay to assist in providing care for our mother. Murray was very good to his whole family, particularly his sisters. We, his family are deeply grateful for the love and support he gave us, especially his loving care of our mother, his daily phone calls, his daily visits to the hospital to see family, relatives and friends. All will be missed. Although he did not always show it, Murray was a person of great faith. Many will remember his attendance at daily Mass after going to the gym and for a while after he went to Taigh Na Mara. His faithfulness to Holy Cross Church was evident as he left home early every Saturday to open the door and greet everyone who came to the 4 o’clock Mass. He also took up the offering at that Mass. Before his stroke, Murray attended Perry's Gym six days a week where he made many friends. He is survived by his sisters, Sr. Martha Eileen, Tina (Oran) Mosher, Kay (Joe) Mauti, Carol O’Quinn, Cheryl MacKenzie, Martha (Danny) Matheson, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his only living aunt Blanche Burrows, his many cousins and friends. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sisters, Sr. Agnes, Eileen, Theresa Thomas; his brothers and their wives, Bert (Barb) Burrows, Gerard (Eleanor) Burrows; his nephews, Brian Mosher, Oran Mosher; his brothers-in-law, Eric MacKenzie, Hughie O’Quinn and Alban Thomas, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We, his sisters, on behalf of our late brother, would like to thank Fr. Norman MacPhee for his care and support, the Sisters of Charity and Associates for their support, his good friend Chris Beatty who through the years was always there for him, his many army buddies, the entire staff at Taigh Na Mara who were so good to our brother, the Canadian Legion, the Peacekeepers, all who visited him at Taigh Na Mara, all his relatives and friends, and McGillivray’s Funeral Home. We are deeply grateful to all who supported us in any way. There will be a Private Family Visitation. A celebration of Murray's life will be held at HOLY CROSS CHURCH, GLACE BAY on FRIDAY, JULY 10TH, 2020 AT 2 PM with Fr. Norman MacPhee officiating. Interment in the parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Cross Church, the Sr. Agnes Burrows Bursary at UCB, the Sisters of Charity Ministry Fund at Caritas Centre, 215 Seton Road, Halifax, N.S. B3M 0C7 or a charity of one’s choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Chapel, Cremation & Reception Center, 16 Reserve Street, Glace Bay. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca DUE TO SEATING RESTRICTIONS, WE ASK THAT EVERYONE REMAIN IN THEIR CARS IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT UNTIL THE FAMILY ARRIVE AND ARE SEATED.