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Whitehead MurrayWHITEHEAD, Murray Harold Donald  -  Passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Toronto General Hospital, in his 82nd year, surrounded by love, prayer and song. 

Beloved husband of Iva (nee Townsend).

Loving father of Julie (Brent) Rutherford, Karen Whitehead-Lye (Jason Lye) and Greg Whitehead (Amy Converset).

Cherished grandfather of Zack, Madelyn, Hannah, Chloe, Quinn, Sam and Claire.

Dear brother of Ruth (Bob) Young.

Predeceased by his parents Harold and Pearl and by his sister Vivian Whitehead.

Murray was born and raised in Fenelon Falls, Ontario.

In 1959 he moved to Oshawa to begin his 37-year career at General Motors.

Fenelon always remained home in his heart and he shared this cherished place with his family creating memories through the generations.  Murray spent his life serving God, his church and community. 

A long-time bandsman, youth band leader & songster in the Salvation Army Church he shared his love and gift of music with all. 

Murray volunteered at the Canadian Cancer Society for 20+ years as a volunteer driver.  Providing safe transport and comfort to members of his community.

Murray/Dad/Grampa –Your voice, laughter and approach to life filled any space you occupied.

There is quiet in your passing which has created space to miss you but also to reflect on a life well lived. 

As a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, you showed us a path to follow as we pursue our own careers and families. 

In the legacy of your children and grandchildren a piece of you will live on in each of our lives. 

Whether it be your love for gardening, cars, sweet snacks, lively card playing, the Blue Jays, music or a good joke, we will continue to share this with others and be an example of your goodness in the world. 

The family extends our sincere appreciation to the medical team and pastoral services at Lakeridge Health and Toronto General Hospital. 

Thank you for your professionalism, care and compassion.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Salvation Army Church in Oshawa at a later date.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army or Canadian Cancer Society.  

Online condolences may be left at  armstrongfh.ca .

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