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McMurray, William A

McMurray, William A

McMurray, William A

12 Aug 1944 - 28 Sept 2010

My husband, Bill was diagnosed with a GBM in February 2009, after suffering a seizure while driving. Luckily, no one was in his path and Bill was not injured. Within hours of arriving at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, the brain tumour was discovered. Surgery was done within the week, followed by radiation and a 1-year course of Temadol. By late spring 2010, Bill's body and mind was slowly being taken from him as the cancer progressed and eventually spread from the right temporal lobe to the frontal lobe. There was still much to do and look forward to and my Bill, in his true style, stayed with us to celebrate: his 66th Birthday, followed up 3 days later with the birth our first grandchild, a Grandson, Jax and our 30th Wedding Anniversary, which we shared just 2 days prior to his death. Bill was a very kind, loving and giving soul; his sense of humour, laughter and smile lit up many a room. As expressed by his many friends, co-workers and family, Bill was a true gentlemen who always placed his family first. Our loss is fresh and raw, but we, Bill's family wanted so to honour the husband and father whom we deeply love and respect with the names of those in this Tribute who have also fought and lost. A cliche maybe, but together we can make a difference and I will continue to support the Foundation towards this end.

Submitted with a heavy and broken heart, Bill's wife, Laura, his daughter Kelley and son, Will Jr.



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