Obituary for Robert "Dean" Murdoch
On May 14 at age 88 Dean passed away peacefully in the care of Grace Hospital. Dean was predeceased by his parents Bob and Ida, sister Patricia (Boyd) and his youngest daughter Charlene.
He is survived by his wife Helene, children Heather, Diane and Robert, daughter in-law Susan, sons in law Rick (Semper) and Bob (Williams), his eight grandchildren and great grandson and step sons Nathan, Andrew, their wives Kate and Lori and their children.
Born November 23, 1929 at the old Grace Hospital Dean lived, schooled, worked and prospered in Winnipeg all of his life and retired from the Great-West Life Assurance Company in 1992.
Dean was a gifted and fine artist with a love for art, painting and drawing. In his youthful days at Kelvin High School in addition to athletic accomplishments he was attracted to the creative world and was recruited to work as a commercial artist for a local direct mail company eventually becoming their Art Director. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in advertising, marketing and communications working for firms such as McConnell Eastman, Cockfield Brown, McKim and Great-West Life.
While building his career and raising family, he also gave back to the community providing his time and talents to organizations including Rainbow Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera Association, Canadian Diabetic Association, Khartum Temple Shrine, Canadian Life and Health Association and others. He also shared his talents teaching in Public Relations and Advertising at the University of Manitoba evening programs. Socially Dean enjoyed many fun times with friends at the Winnipeg Winter Club, St. Charles Country Club and Lake of the Woods Yacht Club.
Upon retirement he and Helene embarked on some of their finest years enjoying their time together at the Channel Island cottage, Lake of the Woods. The artistic beauty of the region, the many lake friends, dinners, entertaining and “puttering about at the camp” provided much pleasure. He and Helene worked hard to build the camp and it provided many years of relaxation and happiness.
In recent years he and Helene took up residence at the Parkway Residence on Sterling Lyon Parkway. Services for Dean will be held at 11:00 a.m on Friday May 18 at the First Mennonite, Church 922 Notre Dame Avenue. Private interment at Brookside Cemetery.
Helene and family are particularly thankful for the care and compassion of the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Grace Hospital, their attention and compassion was outstanding. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dean’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1000 -191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0X1
Friday, May 18th, 2018 11:00am
First Mennonite Church
922 Notre Dame Avenue