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SERVICE, James “Murray”

1930- Brooks, AB
2013 – Calgary, AB

James “Murray” Service of Calgary, AB, passed away on October 6, 2013 at the age of 83 years.

Murray was the only son of James and Edna Service of Brooks, AB. In 1952, Murray started working for Trans-Alta Utilities and retired after 37 years of service. He was an avid sportsman and spent many years on the baseball diamonds as an umpire; he was later inducted into the Alberta Baseball Hall of Fame. He was very proud of his volunteering which included the Calgary Olympics, the original group of White Hatters, and as a volunteer driver for the Tom Baker Cancer Center.

Murray is survived by his loving wife and companion, Pat Tetz and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Papa Murray was loved by all his family. He is also survived by is loving sister Bonnie Stephen and her family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ken Cody for his kindness and continued care for many years.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Nose Creek Valley Museum c/o John Church, 1701 – Main Street S.W. Airdrie, AB T4B 1C5.

In living memory of Murray Service, 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.

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  1. Colleen Whitehead :

    Patsy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I always enjoyed Murray’s company and his happy disposition. May the love of those around you and the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Colleen

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  2. Ray and Gladys Hodgson :

    to Pat and family.
    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Murray, He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, He was so kind to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all God Bless.

    Ray and Gladys Hodgson

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  3. Vikki (Sommerfeld) Kuntz :

    I am sorry to hear that Murray has passed away. I worked with Murrary in the early 80’s out at the TransAlta Division One office. I was just out of school and didn’t know what the heck to expect. Murray was always helpful and it was great that we both shared the wry sense of humor that he had.
    My thoughts are with the family at this time.

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  4. My heartfelt condolences to the family of Murray Service. Murray was a long time Baseball Umpire Mentor, Colleague and Great Friend as I first met Murray back in the mid-1970’s when he umpired at the Annual Lacombe Lions Baseball Tournament. Murray took me under his wing when I first started umpiring ball with the Alberta Association, and I learnt SO MUCH from him in the 35+ years of Baseball Involvement with Murray. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I know Murray is on God’s Ball Field right now calling Balls & Strikes! Rest easy my friend and you will always be in my memories!

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  5. Doug. Barnard :

    So sorry of the passing of Murray. I met him with the White Hatters.

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  6. I am sorry to hear of Murray’s passing and I extend condolences and offer prayers to the entire Service family during this difficult time. My introduction to Murray was through umpiring; me as a young espiring umpire with much to learn, and Murray as a seasoned vetern with much to share. I remember him for his tremendous love and passion for the game and his dedication to his role as an umpire. Rest assurred that if Murray is adjudicating at the Pearly Gates, everyone will get a ‘fair call’! God Bless.

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  7. Marjorie Masson :

    Hi Pat,
    I am so sorry to hear about Murray. He trained me for work in CBSA for the Whitehatters. He ran me up those 53 steps three times in one day. I still laugh about that even tho the elevator is so handy now. He was so kind to a new beginner. My sincere sympathy. Marge Masson

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