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Edward "Murray" Evenson

September 27, 1953 - March 29, 2023

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Murray, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend, left this world on March 29, 2023, at home with his loving wife June by his side.

Murray was born September 27, 1953, to parents Gladys and Eddie in Winnipeg. Murray spent his youth skiing and camping with his siblings and parents. He loved being outside and was recognized for his interest in the outdoors when he received the Queens Scout award. Murray worked for the family business, Evanson Sheet Metal, while attending the University of Manitoba on a swimming scholarship, where he received a degree in Physical Education. It would be an understatement to say that Murray was smart, as he was selected and short listed to be a NASA astronaut.

Instead, Murray moved to Calgary where he had a rewarding career as a police officer, serving with the Calgary Police Service for almost 30 years.  He started as a beat cop and eventually worked in the K9 unit with the best partner he ever had, Police Service Dog Saxon. They worked together for 11 years, and it was the highlight of his career.  Murray was very proud of his time as a Field Training Officer, where he trained over a dozen officers who now carry on his legacy.

Murray met the love of his life, June, while working with the police service. Murray and June were married on March 27, 1982. They had one son, Bobby.  Murray loved to spend time with his family, especially traveling and camping. Murray and June traveled the world together, going to Alaska, Spain, Portugal, Arizona, the Caribbean, and Mexico, to name a few.

Murray had many skills and talents and a great passion for building things, including three beautiful homes for his family. He passed his love and knowledge of hunting, fishing, wood working, and being a general pain in the butt on to his son, and anyone else who would listen. He enjoyed being a leader and mentor to those that knew him. Always one to appreciate a good joke, Murray’s great sense of humor will be remembered by everyone who laughed along with him.

Murray was committed to volunteering and combined thousands of volunteer hours with Ducks Unlimited Canada, Scouts Canada, Moyie Community Association, and Aldridge Community Association. He always assumed a leadership role with these organizations. Murray was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Regional District of East Kootenay.

Murray will be forever remembered and loved by his wife June, mother Gladys, son Bobby (Alisa), grandsons Ridge and Holt, sister Gail (Alan), brother Lyle (Donna), and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Murray was predeceased by his father Eddie.

Forever together in love, body, and spirit.

Details regarding a memorial gathering to follow.

 

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From: Rick Hanson

June, so sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. Murray was one of the great ones. A super person and a great cop who touched so many lives. Both of you were such a great team at CPS. Rest in peace Murray.

From: Katherine Severson
Relation: colleague and friend

June and Bobby, where do I start?! I have so many memories of Murray from 6-C days, and of your whole family and your Lynnview home. Murray was the informal leader of the Team, and we all looked up to him. He was the instigator of pranks and laughs, but he was a teacher, mentor, coach and champion for all of us. I will never forget working “undercover” with him on a bar operation, and oh did we laugh at what an odd couple we made! Murray was an excellent police officer, and an excellent person. I have thought of him so often since he retired. I have thought of all of you, and the time I spent on the lake with you, too! I hope you had many wonderful years together, retired, at Moyie.

My deepest sympathies to you June, Bobby, and everyone who loved Murray.

From: Keith Johnson
Relation: Worked together

June and Bobby, so sorry to hear of Murrays passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Keith and Gloria Johnson

From: Garth Blais
Relation: Class mate and friend

June and Bobby, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have many fond memories of CPS, and Murray tops that list … from recruit class 83, where Murray was our class valedictorian, to our days in canine and time on the street. Murray was well respected by his peers and will be remembered as a true gentleman.

From: Brett Marklund
Relation: co-worker and friend

June and Bobby…my sincerest condolences at Murray’s passing. I know all too well how difficult the last while has been…but that time pales in comparison to life without Murray. My thoughts are with you and your family. Murray may be gone but will never be forgotten.

From: Shane MacDonald
Relation: Co-worker

June and Bobby, I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Murray. I was one of those snot nose rookies that Murray took under his wing during field training. Murray’s impact was profound as I held on to his wisdom, guidance and knowledge throughout my own career. He also made certain I remembered that you have to be able to have fun while working and he did just that himself!

I will forever be grateful for my time working with Murray, missed but never forgotten.

From: Dean and Charmaine Carton
Relation: I had the pleasure of working with Murray when I volunteered for COPS in Riverbend and a friendship developed that I will always treasure.

We extend our sincere condolences to June, Bobby, and the rest of Murray’s family. He was an exceptionally gifted and well loved man who earned the respect of everyone who knew him. We had so much fun with Murray and June over the years, but we will never forget the time when we raided their final party at their quarantined home in Upper Riverbend in HAZMAT suits. Rest in Peace, my friend.

From: Rhonda Smith
Relation: Worked for June at CPS

I’m ever so sorry to hear of your loss. I truly hope good memories will see you through difficult days ahead. Lots of love to you June.

From: Karen Taylor
Relation: We started off as classmates in Recruit Class 83 & crossed paths often during our careers.

June & Bobby, Sooooo sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. We were in the same Recruit Class which was #83. We often ran into each other working the street afterwards. Murray was a great guy with a great sense of humor. Unfortunately another who passed away far too soon. June, I can relate as my husband, Doug Taylor (Reg. #2630) passed away September 14th 2022 also from cancer and he & Murray both passed at the same age. If I can help you out with anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. Take Care June & Bobby, Hugs, Karen Taylor

From: Bev Orr

I will remember Murray’s infectious laugh. He was always smiling and had the best sense of humor. My deepest condolences to June, Bobbi. and family.

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