Murray William Pyke, beloved husband of Norma Pyke of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the age of 75 years.
Murray was a founder, executive and director of Comaplex Resources and Bonterra Energy, both of Calgary. A prominent figure in minerals and petroleum exploration in Canada, Murray spent many summers in the bush mapping the Canadian Precambrian Shield in northern Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. This work reflected his love of the outdoors, satisfied his scientific intellect and nurtured a deep respect for the indigenous peoples of Canada whom he worked and lived with during those years. Murray was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan obtaining his BSc and MSc degrees and was an outstanding varsity athlete excelling in many sports. He was actively involved with the YMCA for over 50 years, serving on the board, instructing classes and was known for his legendary morning workouts. Murray will also be remembered for his great stories, generosity and natural ability as a host by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by family and friends, and will continue to be an inspiration to all.
Besides Norma, his loving wife of 50 years, Murray is survived by his children, David (Sheila), Jacqueline (Evan Hazell), Randall (Donna Zhang), James (Debbie Planedin); grandchildren Lilina, Bridget, Shannon and Ruby; as well as brother and sister-in-law Dale and Sandra.
A Celebration of Murray’s life will be held at Hillhurst United Church (1227 Kensington Close N.W.) on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Special thanks to Dr. Dargie, nurses and caregivers at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary.
If friends so desire, the family requests donations may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Murray Pyke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences