December 17, 1920 – Victoria, BC
January 8, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Murray Raby, beloved husband of Helen Raby (nee Catley) of Calgary, AB, died on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the age of 93 years.
Murray was born in Victoria, but grew up in Banff. He served in WWII with the RCAF overseas. On his return, Murray continued his education at SAIT in the Building Construction Department. He was invited to become an Instructor with SAIT and during that time, he completed his Bachelor of Education and post graduate courses at U of C. Murray later became Academic Director of Trades and Technology. After his retirement in 1981, Murray and Helen enjoyed travelling. Murray was very active at St. Thomas United Church, where he served as trustee for 20 years, as a church archivist and he sang in the choir. Murray had many interests, including membership in the Banff Royal Canadian Legion and the Calgary Historical Society. He loved to ski, hike, garden, and he could light up a room with his smile. He had many good neighbors and friends and he cherished those relationships.
Besides his loving wife Helen, Murray is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Imelda Raby and Jeff and Jane Raby; grandchildren Vanessa (Trevor) Beaudette, Kevin (Vanessa Hanel) Raby and Travis Raby; great-granddaughter Elise Beaudette; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Colin and Doreen Catley; and many nephews and nieces. Murray was predeceased by his first wife (Stella) and brothers Glenn and James Raby.
A Celebration of Murray’s life will be held at St. Thomas United Church (100 HAWKWOOD BOULEVARD N.W.) on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made directly to Alzheimer Society of Canada (20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th Floor, Toronto, ON, M4R 1K8) www.alzheimer.ca.
In living memory of Murray Raby, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences