Murray passed away peacefully at the Russell Health Centre on February 1, 2015 at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with heart disease and muscular dystrophy. Left to mourn are, his wife of 48 years, Peggy Bradshaw of Binscarth; two sons Neil (Connie), granddaughters, Brook and Breanne of Brandon and Kevin (Candace), granddaughter Reagan and grandson Alex of Winnipeg; sisters Vivian (Cecil) Kennedy of Bassano, AB, Marlene (Dave) Jones of Prince George, BC; brother Gary (Jamie) of Binscarth, MB; also many nieces and nephews and many friends whose lives he touched during his life. Murray was the third child of four born to Dorothy and Rex Bradshaw at Russell hospital on August 27, 1940. He grew up on the Bradshaw homestead, learning the importance of an honest day’s work, the appreciation of the land and how to recognize a good horse. He broke in his own horse at a very young age and in later years enjoyed picking winners at the race track. He started school at Baldwin, a one room school. He always liked to tell his sons and grandchildren how soft they had it compared to him, who had to walk to school through all kinds of weather, uphill both ways. He was a distance runner, and a member of 4-H, winning a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto but he couldn’t go because he had just started his first job after high school. In 1961 Peggy Cooper was attracted to this good looking young man in a white 55 Chevy and they were married on Nov. 5, 1966. Murray worked for the Royal Bank in several locations in Manitoba. He worked for Reichmuth’s Hardware, the Village of St. Lazare, RM of Boulton, then was the first CAO for the newly formed Pelly Trail School Division, and later for Manitoba Crop Insurance, a job he enjoyed because of his love of the outdoors. But his favorite time was spent working his farm in the Assiniboine Valley. His love of nature fostered his passion for hunting, a past time he shared with his son Neil. Murray enjoyed sports, curling, winning the North West Bonspiel with his child hood friend John Cook as his trusty third. Also baseball, which he coached at the minor level, fostering his values by always being positive and encouraging hard work, never giving up and to always be competitive He always said there was no sense playing if it was just for fun. Kevin loved the game. Murray also coached a team of young men, hoping to make the Binscarth Orioles. They called themselves the Buzzards. Murray served on the executive of the Binscarth Orioles, was President of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League. He also coached a minor hockey team, the Wranglers, in Russell. He helped them come from a struggling team to a Provincial champ by helping them to believe that by hard work they could be winners. Through his involvement with young players he also helped mould their character and made many lasting friends. He was also a long suffering Toronto Maple Leaf fan to the end. He enjoyed a competitive game of crib or hearts and he could beat you at crokinole with his opposite hand and his eyes closed. He enjoyed a game of pool at the drop inn with friends. In retirement he enjoyed fishing with friends. Although he didn’t express emotion often but he demonstrated his love by his actions, a truly selfless man dedicated to his family and so proud of his grandchildren. He was generous to a fault. He could be stubborn and independent, but that served him well as he dealt with his disability. In the working world he was fair, honest and dedicated to his job, always wearing a suit and tie to work, and treated the School Division’s money as if it was his own, leaving a sizable surplus in the coffers when he retired. He served on a Provincial committee to study school bus transportation. Murray was a charter member of the Binscarth Lions Club. Murray fought the good fight, he finished the race.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39
A celebration of Life Service was held at the Binscarth Hall on Saturday Feb. 7 2015 at 2:00 PM.
Participants were Rev. David Howell, Jamie Bradshaw, DM (sister-in-law to Murray) and Nolan Bradshaw, MC, (nephew of Murray), and all those who shared stories and memories of Murray’s life.
It was an afternoon of closure for family and friends, sharing tears and laughter.
Memorial Gifts to honour the life of Murray may be sent to Binscarth Park and Pool, Gen Del, Binscarth, Mb. R0J 0G0 or
The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba,200 – 6 Donald St. Winnipeg, Mb. R3L 0K6
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Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home Roblin, MB 204-937-2111 Entrusted With Arrangements
Funeral Home: Nairn-Chyz Funeral Home
Town/Prov: Russell, Manitoba
Date of passing: February 1, 2015