P/S James Frederick MURRAY – January 8, 1986

P/S 14424,  James Frederick MURRAY

January 8, 1986       Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan

P/S MURRAY of “F” Division Property Management Section and Dept. of Public Works Employee, Arvid Donald LUNDQUIST were in Wollaston Lake conducting RCMP building inspections.  They left La Ronge, Sk. and travelled to Wollaston Lake where they inspected the RCMP bldg.  At approx. 1300 hrs., they took off in the RCMP single Beaver CF-MPQ from Wollaston Lake enroute to Fond Du Lac and Stony Rapids.  Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed into the ice on Wollaston Lake killing the two pilots, S/Csts. Wayne Philip BOSKILL and James Frederick WILSON, P/S James Frederick MURRAY and Mr. LUNDQUIST.

PSE MURRAY was born on August 14, 1946 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Fred and Mary MURRAY.  His siblings were brothers, John, Ken, David and sister, Judy.  He finished High School and attended the University of Manitoba studying Civil Engineering.

He worked in Northern Manitoba from 1969 to 1972 surveying for the Hydro Northern Transmission Line.

In 1972, PSE MURRAY married Delaine Linndal and they moved to Gillam, Manitoba where he worked on structures for the Kettle and Long Spruce Power houses and dams.  He left Northern Manitoba in 1977 and moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where he worked as a project manager in the construction of a seniors’ complex.  He was transferred to Regina where he continued building other senior apartment blocks.

PSE MURRAY was hired by Kraft Construction, as a site supervisor on the building of the new RCMP ‘F” Division Hdqts.  In January 1981, he was hired by the RCMP ‘F’ Division Property Management Section in Regina.  His assigned territory was northern Saskatchewan.

PSE MURRAY had his Private Pilots Licence, obtained from the Winnipeg and Yorkton Flying Clubs.

Mr. MURRAY was buried at Killlarney, Manitoba and was survived by his spouse, Delaine, who resides at Killarney, Manitoba.

(photo available)

At the opening of the new detachment building at Wollaston Lake in September 1986, a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the four public servants who died during its construction in the crash of RCMP aircraft CF-MPQ.

(No personnel File – photo on CD)