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Roderick "Mur" Murray Pearson

September 17, 1956 - August 19, 2020

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PEARSON, Roderick Murray (Mur) passed away on August 19, 2020 at the age of 63 years while fly fishing at one of his favourite places, Fry Creek near Kootenay Lake.  He was born on September 17, 1956 in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

He was pre-deceased by his parents Elsie in 2008 and Frank in 2018.  He is survived by his two siblings Jim and Nona and their families: Jim (Donna De Fraine) Pearson with son Ryan, and daughters MaryEllen (Andrew) Machuk with Mitchell and twins Heidi and Dominic, Melissa Pearson (Jon Ng) with Violet and Nathan, and Paula (Joe) Watkins with twins Philip and Pearson, and Nona (Doug) Flemming with Carly and Julie.

He graduated from Grade 12 at Hapnot Collegiate before moving to Toronto with his parents in 1974 and starting to look for his purpose in life.  He spent time in Ottawa, Cominco in Trail, T&H Sawmill and the golf course in Kaslo, University of Victoria and a golf course in Victoria, and Pitt River near Vancouver.  He was not a big city person and he finally found his sweet spot outdoors with a 31 year career as the Custodian for the Meadow Creek spawning channel north of Kootenay Lake.  Internationally, with his fluent Spanish he spent months of some winters playing baseball and teaching English in Costa Rica and Panama.  He also worked construction in the Kaslo area for a number of winters.

Mur was devoted to sports as an athlete and coach for most of his life.  He played on some Flin Flon league champion hockey teams when he was quite young and he wished he had been named Brooks after his baseball idol, Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles.  He was an extreme participant in baseball and hockey in Kaslo and also really enjoyed fly fishing.  During the trip to Panama, he knocked on Chico Salmon’s door to talk about Chico’s career as an Oriole during their World Series years.

His family knew he had many friends in Kaslo but the expressions of appreciation for his  character and his participation in the Kaslo community have been overwhelming.  Naming the Murray Pearson Ball Park is an honour to his memory and an honour for his family.  He did his part for the environment by not owning a car for probably 40 years and although he had a casual awareness of technology, he never owned a phone or computer.  He was always available for his friends and we would especially like to thank Lorna, Maggie, John, Karma and Glen for all their help at this time.

Friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held for Murray in Kaslo on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions limiting groups to 50 people, the actual ceremony is planned to be held at the Murray Pearson Ball Park and it will be live-streamed to the internet and to other venues in Kaslo.  Arrangements are still being made so please watch for details.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Kaslo & District Arena Association  https://kasloarena.ca/ and the Kaslo & District Public Library https://kaslo.bc.libraries.coop/ .

 

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From: Tom Goodman
Relation: Neighbours growing up.

Nona and Jim. A lovely obit for a lovely guy. My memories with Mur are from the adolescent years when we were neighbours. The heart warming story of his life that you presented made me wish I had known him in his later years.
I just love that the ballpark was named for him.
Tom and Sonia (Duczak) Goodman

From: Donna Stroup
Relation: Friend

Murray and I were friends during the 80s in Kaslo and Nelson. I have fond memories of him playing hockey and baseball in Kaslo and also playing badminton in my backyard. He was such a good guy all around. He’ll be missed.

From: Katherine
Relation: A coworker and friend

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Murray was an exceptional human. A man of kindness, integrity, passion, and compassion. I spend many years getting to know Murray through our work on many projects. We mused about music, fly fishing and he taught me how to improve my batting skills on more than 1 occasion. The loss of him has really shaken up my very way of being, as I truly reflect that the world needs more Murray’s, someone who skips to the beat of his own drum, cares so deeply for people, and shares his kind passion to anyone that has the time. Thank you kindly for sharing him with us, we are forever changed by our time with him. Warm thoughts.

From: Yolanda Morbey
Relation: friend

My deepest condolences. I am one of Murray’s “fish friends”. I first met Murray in 1998 when I did field work on kokanee (“special k”) at Meadow Creek. My field assistant and I stayed in the house with him and have so many fond memories: sharing meals of special k and corn on the cob, field trips (Fry Creek among others), helping out with channel tasks (flipping the wheels), and baseball training. Over the years I’ve been back for additional field seasons or short visits. There are so many memories, but too many to share! I am so thankful that he shared his wisdom about life and introduced me to so many of his friends. Once when I was complaining about how to sell my collection of novels before I moved across the country to Toronto, after a while he said “if you need money, why don’t you get a job?” I took this as sage advice: I had a job and didn’t actually need the money, so I just donated them all & was done! I still remember this after 20 years. For Murray, he valued his relationships more than any possessions.

From: Rod Zavaduk
Relation: Hockey, Fly Fishing.

OMG, I am saddened about hearing Murr’s passing. Murr was about as fine a person anyone could meet. His attitude towards his passions, hockey, ball or fly fishing has few equals. Commitment, aggressive and fair play were probably his motto. Always a smile and positive attitude. R I P Murr. RZ.

From: Brent Kristof
Relation: Friend

Murray and I and other friends shared hopes and dreams and sports and other thoughts about life in general throughout high school. It sounds like Murray stayed true to the kind, thoughtful, intelligent, active person in my memory. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. I remember you well, old friend.

From: James Andruchow
Relation: Friend

Murray was one of the kindest and most humble people I have ever met.
The world needs more people like Murray.

From: Keith Schultz
Relation: Hockey & fishing bud

I am still in shock that Mur isn’t here. This really hit me hard and I’m sure a lot of people feel that way. He will be missed but not forgoten.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 26, 2020

Location:
Murray Pearson Ball Park, Kaslo BC

Friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held for Murray in Kaslo on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions limiting groups to 50 people, the actual ceremony is planned to be held at the Murray Pearson Ball Park and it will be live-streamed to the internet and to other venues in Kaslo.  Arrangements are still being made so please watch for details.

Memorial Gifts

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Kaslo & District Arena Association  https://kasloarena.ca/ and the Kaslo & District Public Library https://kaslo.bc.libraries.coop/ .

Thank You Notice

He was always available for his friends and we would especially like to thank Lorna, Maggie, John, Karma and Glen for all their help at this time.

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