Murray Clifford Abbott
October 17, 1946 – November 1, 2015
Murray was born in St. Loards Hospital in Campbell River, BC to parents, Thomas and Edna Abbott. He was the fourth child in the family which eventually numbered ten. From the eldest to the youngest: Douglas, Elaine, Marshall, Murray, Russell, Clayton, Laurel, Audrey, Vicki and Paul.
As a youngster, Murray raised rabbits and goats. He also had a paper route. He spent many hours down at the ocean with friends swimming and beach combing. He had perfect attendance all through school. Murray graduated in 1965.
He then dabbled a bit in logging, plumbing and working at a scrap yard until he got into pipe fitting specializing in fire sprinkler protection. After working for other companies he started his own business, Abbott Fire Protection Ltd. in 1988. He enjoyed his work and the socializing that went along with it making many friends all over BC and Alberta.
In 1972, while on a job in Terrace, BC he met the love of his life, Elsa. They were married on December 1, 1973. Murray and his family moved to Prince George and in June of 1975 they moved to the Bulkley Valley, to The Farm. It is where he spent the rest of his life, while not out on an out of town job. Together with his wife they cleared 150 acres of raw land, running a few beef cattle and selling hay.
Murray enjoyed life. He spent countless hours snowmobiling with family and friends. He and Kenny also played soccer for years. His other passions were quading, fishing, hiking, and beach combing on Haida Gwaii. He was an avid hockey fan of the Vancouver Canucks.
Murray was involved in the community in many ways. The Evelyn Farmers Institute, Evelyn Community Hall, Smithers Snowmobile Club, BV Search and Rescue and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church are a few of them.
His family was very important to him and he passes on his love of life to children, Kenny, Karen, Cindy and Ed Clausen and their families. Grandchildren Charles and Maryn were his pride and joy.
Murray passed away at his home in the early morning hours of November 1, 2015 with his wife by his side.
We will miss him like crazy. Rest in Peace My Best Friend
A Funeral Service to celebrate Murray’s life was held on Sunday, Nov.8th in the Paul Lychak Hall in Evelyn. Murray was laid to rest in the Smithers Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined but if so desired, donations in Murray’s name may be made to ChampionsofCare.org or at Champions of Care, University Hospital Foundation, 8440 112 St. NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 9Z9. Condolences may be offered at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com