Murdoch Richardson Davis

1929 – 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Murdoch Richardson Davis on October 20th 2015 at the noble age of 86. Murdoch was born in Coronation, Alberta on April 24th, 1929 the second of 2 children to Lillian and Robert. Murdoch and his sister Betty (Mary Elizabeth) lived their early years in the vicinity of Olds, Alberta before the family relocated to Surrey, BC where he graduated from Queen Elizabeth Secondary School. He prepared for his chosen career by attending Vancouver Normal School and then taking teaching positions all over B.C. including Surrey, Needles, Kimberley and Fort St. John while pursuing his degree during the summer at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After some adventures abroad Murdoch moved to Penticton to teach French at Pen-Hi in 1963 and feeling settled, he followed his heart and proposed marriage to his love Noreen (Roe). As she was travelling in Europe at the time, they decided to meet in the middle and were married in Montreal in 1964. Over the next few years, Murdoch and Noreen welcomed son Robert, built a house and were joined by daughter Rowena, son Rick (Richardson) and daughter Rebecca. Being adventurers at heart, the whole family moved to St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec to try something different before moving back to their home in Penticton. Murdoch finally retired from teaching after 40 years, 23 in Penticton, in 1988 when he and Noreen started their retirement career exploring North America in their camper van. Together they crossed the continent many times west to east, north to south and back again. After Noreen’s unexpected passing in 1998, Murdoch reinvented himself as a single senior with a continued commitment to helping others and he was very proud to have helped rehabilitate dogs through rescue. He also continued to travel, especially to visit his relatives and dear friends all across Canada. Murdoch is pre-deceased by his father Robert, his mother Lillian, his wife Noreen and his sister Betty. He leaves behind his son Robert (Caroline), daughter Rowena, son Rick (Gwen), daughter Rebecca, canine daughter Bara, his sister’s children Mary Jeanne (Jeff), Richard (Mary), Jim and David (Caren), granddaughter Amy, grandson Corey and many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, grand-dogs and grand-cats. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to charity in his name. Some of his favourites have been Kidney Foundation, MS Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Boston Terrier Rescue Canada, Critteraid or your favourite cause. Being genuinely connected with everyone was Murdoch’s passion. He spent a lot of time researching his genealogy, talking to friends and strangers alike about how their lives or histories may have intersected, and creating meaningful bonds. Everyone he met was important to him and he remembered you all. A Celebration of his Life will take place Friday, October 30, 2015 – 2:00 p.m. at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main St., Penticton. Condolences

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