Murray Martin Wood

Murray Martin Wood

Murray Martin Wood

It with great sadness that we announce the passing of Murray Martin

Wood. He was born in St. Boniface Hospital, in Winnipeg, Manitoba on

February 13, 1927. He passed away at home in Gillies Bay on December 15, 2014.

Murray was the only child of Hercules John Wood and Alice Maud Wood.

He was survived by his son, Fraser (Betty); daughters, Lynda (Ron), Cathy (Greg), Kelly (David) and Tracey; grandchildren, Christopher, Heather, Megan, Mitchell, Veronica, Jason and Mallory; Great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Kalissa, Cadence, Fletcher, Fraser, Dixon and James.

Murray joined the Royal Canadian Airforce in 1944 and discovered that he had a love for flying. After the war he built his own hangar and bought a plane. He met and married Kathleen Marguerite Smith in 1948 and they had their 5 children. Murray flew bush in Ontario, The Yukon and B.C. In 1999, after 55 years of flying, he retired at the age of 72 years old.

Murray will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

There will be a memorial service held at 3pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Texada Legion, Gillies Bay. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Westcoast Funeral Services, to submit condolences please visit

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

Ive chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air…

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark nor even eagle flew-

And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

-John Gillespie Magee

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