April 21, 2019
James (Jim) Murray died on April 21, 2019 at the age of 63 at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester after a short battle with metastatic melanoma. Jim had been cancer-free for 11 years until this recurrence in March. The cancer was aggressive, and despite treatment, he passed from this life only 47 days from his diagnosis. Jim faced his diagnosis, treatment, decline, and death with remarkable acceptance and courage.
Jim was born on May 16, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the second child of James (Jimmy) Murray and Margaret (Greta) McInnes (both now deceased). His one sister, Irene, still lives in Glasgow. When Jim was 11 years old, his family made the decision to immigrate to Toronto, Canada. Tragically, Jim’s father died months later and his family returned to Glasgow over the next few years.
Jim stayed in Glasgow until graduating high school, working in the insurance business. He returned to Toronto at age 18, and then moved to Boston in 1984, continuing to work in insurance in both places.
While in Boston, Jim met his wife, Kathy. They married in 1986 and moved back to Toronto. Their son, Andrew, was born in 1990. In 1991, Jim, Kathy, and Andrew moved to Charlotte, Vermont, where Jim worked for AON Insurance Managers in Burlington for the past 27 years, retiring in November 2018.
Jim was an intelligent, quiet, and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was loyal and generous. He had a unique way of always getting to the point. His wife and son were his home, and he loved them deeply. He had a special interest in military medal collection, primarily from the Boer War, and made friends all over the world with similar interests. Jim loved reading, British history, traveling, and movies. He was a man of incredible integrity who always did the right thing.
Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy, his son, Andrew, three cats that he patiently tolerated, his sister, Irene and her husband, Tommy, his sisters-in-law, Barbara, Anne Louise, Jackie, and Beth, his brothers-in-law, Jack and David, and his niece, Orlagh. Jim also has much extended family in Scotland.
A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Mt Carmel church in Charlotte on April 27th at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Vermont Food Bank or the UVM Cancer Center/Radiation Oncology.