Peacefully with his family by his side Murray Donald Hirst passed to the lord above on March
21st, 2023 after a lengthy battle with Cancer. Murray or Thirsty as his friends called him, is
survived by his sons Brenden and Geoffrey and grandsons Xander and Riley. Murray also
leaves behind two brothers, his oldest brother Robert (Lorraine) and his youngest brother Dana
(Wendy). Murray will also be missed by his nephews Brad, Trent & Greg Hirst, and his nieces
Charlene McGregor and Shannon Telfer.
Murray was born in Hamiota, Mb on October 27th, 1954, to Allan and Mayme Hirst.
Crandall, MB is where Murray spent his formative years. Growing up in an athletic home, Murray played as many sports as he could. He loved playing hockey, baseball, softball and in his later life made golf his passion.
Growing up as the middle child Murray worked twice as hard at everything and it showed. He
excelled at sports both in and out of school. Murray also traveled around the province with
different sports teams. Murray loved road trips for sports and recreation.
When Murray was young, he made the decision to work for Manitoba Hydro where he spent 40
years working as a lineman, bucket operator and many more positions. This career allowed
Murray to work in different communities where he got to meet so many wonderful people whom
he called friends up until the end. It was because of Manitoba Hydro that Murray ended up
becoming a citizen of Swan River for 33 years.
This is where Murray settled down and built his family. Murray met one of his best friends in
Morely “Moe” Hanson and his adopted family in Jody Stadnick. Over the years Murray made
The Lounge his home base for all things recreational. You could find him there discussing life,
politics and his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders. Murray was a staunch supporter of the
Roughriders even though his other brothers and family were Blue Bomber fans. This led to
some epic and hilarious trash talk that will be sorely missed this upcoming CFL season.
In his final years Murray worked with the Swan River Golf and Country Club where he felt at
home with everyone and the job itself. Many times, Murray would message his family while
cutting the grass or maintaining the fairways on the course and you could just know that he was
in his paradise.
Murray was not known for showing his soft and sensitive side but when you talked about his
grandkids it shone as bright as bright can be. He was so proud of them, and it showed every
time he talked about them. And even though he could have a very hard shell when it came to
his boys Murray was unbelievably proud to be their dad.
The family would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the staff at Cancer Care Manitoba in
Winnipeg, the staff at Dauphin Hospital and palliative care ward and especially to Murray’s niece Shannon and her husband Corey. Thank you for being there night and day, through thick and thin for Murray during his most difficult times. Your love, support and patience made Murray's final years ones that he could tolerate with dignity and humor.
In Keeping with Murray’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date.
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