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Murray, Philip Leon Joseph
March 1938 - May 2020
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LEON PHILIP JOSEPH MURRAY, P. Eng. March 23, 1938 - May 18, 2020 With profound sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Leon, on May 18, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Dublin, Ontario, Leon was the beloved husband of Rosemary for 61 years, a father, grandfather "Poppa", brother, uncle, and friend to many. He was the cherished father of Leahann (Allan) and Debbilynn. Leon’s legacy will live on in the hearts of his four grandchildren Justin, Jennifer, Alana, and Shannon. He is survived by his loving sisters Rita Butters, Rose Costello, Mary (Robert) Stapleton and sister-in-law Patricia (Robert) Woods. He is predeceased by his loving parents Gilbert and Rose Murray, in-laws Edward and Magdlen Budden, brothers Martin (Theresa), Patrick (Patricia), Gilbert (Elizabeth), Joseph (Olga), sister Elizabeth (John) Ryan, and brothers in-law Ronald Butters, Daniel Costello, and sister-in-law Anne (Donald) MacIntosh. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Leon graduated from St. Michael’s College School in 1955 and then the University of Toronto in 1960, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After a successful career in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (Colgate-Palmolive, Chesebrough-Ponds, Carter Products), Leon kept busy operating Murray Tree Farm in Apsley, where he grew Christmas trees and produced maple syrup. He shared many fond memories with family and friends at the cottage at Long Lake. Leon won several awards from the City of Toronto for his gardening and holiday decorating. He was also recognized in the community for helping his neighbours. His other hobbies included playing Euchre, Bridge, and golfing with his St. Michael’s schoolmates. Leon was an avid sports enthusiast, with a lifelong devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs. His sense of humour and storytelling will be forever remembered by all the lives he touched. A private service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Paul O’Connor Funeral Home. Holy Mass and a Celebration of Leon’s Life will be held at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Rosalie Hall.

Messages of Condolence

Sorry to hear of Leon's passing. Condolences to you and your family. He was a lovely person. I worked with Leon at Carter Products from ... Read more Heather Taylor
Fergus, Ontario May 26, 2020
So sorry to hear of Leon's passing. My condolences to you and the family. We worked together at Carter Products from 1973.
Lorraine Jeens
Campbellville, on May 26, 2020
Myself and a couple of others organized a Carter Products Reunion 2 years ago. Personally I was surprised by his attendance and was glad t... Read more Rod Graham
Streetsville May 25, 2020
So sorry Rosemary, to hear the sad news about Leon. May he rest in peace. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Rose Flanagan
Collingwood,ON May 23, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Rosemary and family. We're also thinking of Leon's three sisters, Rose, Rita and Mary.
Bea Costello and Family
Kingston, Ontario May 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy Rosemary. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Betty Gallagher
Uxbridge May 21, 2020
So many fond memories. Uncle Leon’s love and support will be missed. Aunt Rosemary, Leahann, Debbilyn and families, you are in our though... Read more Darlene Murray and Ed Miller
Toronto May 21, 2020
hi Rosemary. So sorry to hear of Leon's passing. and sincere sympathies to yourself and the Family. Paul Duval called to pass on the sad... Read more 961187greg drohan
etobicoke May 21, 2020
Please accept our deepest condolences, just know that we are here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this diff... Read more Rakesh & Nimisha Shah
Scarborough May 21, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Aunt Rosemary,,Leahann Debbilynn and the extended family . I will miss his warm, kind, encouraging hugs . Wish... Read more Louise(Murray) and Barry Crowder
Kemptville May 21, 2020
Rosemary, Leahann, Debbilynn: We're thinking of you and your Family at this sad time. Leon will sadly be missed. Stay strong & God B... Read more brenda rutledge
KITCHENER, n2b1p8 May 21, 2020
Our sincere condolences. “ Well done thy good and faithful servant!”
Ken and Gloria Busch
Keswick, Ontario May 21, 2020
To Rosemary & Family! Thinking of you in your great loss!Always had respect for Leon as he was friendly and he would stop to talk whenever... Read more Ron & Theresa Murray
Stratford Ontario May 20, 2020
Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you Leahann, your mother and your sister and your whole family! Keeping you all in our thou... Read more Rose Hills and Family
Markham, Ontario May 20, 2020
Thinking of you.
Margaret harrington
Toronto May 20, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Rosemary and family!
Kim and Norm Costello
Barrie May 20, 2020
Msg to Leon ,,,, I know where you are gone, and well done my friend, you deserve to be there. But, I also know how you messed wit... Read more GORDON DANTZER
SHELBURNE May 20, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy and warmest thoughts go out to you and the girls and the families Hugs and Prayers during this difficult time He was... Read more Joan Stapleton
Dublin Ontario May 20, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy and warmest thoughts go out to you Rosemary and the familiesHugs and prayers during this difficult time-- He was a g... Read more Joan Stapleton
Dublin Ontario May 20, 2020
My deepest sympathy Rosemary and family, also the Murray family thinking of all of you at this sad and difficult time. Sending hugs and p... Read more Catherine Melady
Egmondville Ontario May 20, 2020
Deepest condolences to the whole family in the passing of Leon. So sorry for your loss. Joanne Stapleton
KITCHENER May 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Leon a great guy my deepest sympathy to Rosemary and girls
Louise maloney
Kitchener May 20, 2020

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