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Murray Norris Poole

May 11, 1947 — May 20, 2024

Murray was born on May 11, 1947 in Saskatoon to Norris and Jean Poole. He was the oldest of six children. A life lived well, the family announces the death of Murray Norris Poole on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Porteous lodge, at the age of 77.

Murray was predeceased by his wife Bonnie Poole of 41 years, father Norris Poole, mother Jean Poole, sisters Konnie Hadvick, Colleen Beggs, and brother Doug Poole, and his niece Lorie Breckner. 

Murray is survived by his 6 children and 16 grand-chidren:  Alan Poole, and his daughters, Christina (Tyler) and Jessica, Bernadine Yeo (Bruce),and their sons Jack (Kayla) Grant (Laura) , Darwin Fehr (Debbie), and their daughters Amber (Rod) Cherish (Chuck) Natasha (Colten) Darryl Fehr (April), and children, Tyler (Ashton) Justin and Palle , Cory Fehr (Heather), and children  Dusty (Alexis) Jorden (Mathew), Brittany, Brendon , Brandi Giesbrecht, and her children Dominique and Dakota.

14 Great-grandchildren:(One more coming in July) 

Elena (Alan’s family)

Baby boy Yeo (Bernadine and Bruce’s family)

Tyrell & Tatum, Nevin & Lance,(Darwin and Debbie’s family)

Seamus (Darryl and April’s family)

Ava & Emery, Jackson, James,(Cory and Heather’s family)

Parker & Presleigh,  Kinsleigh & Theodora (Brandi’s family)   

Siblings and nieces and nephews:

He is also survived by sisters, Dianne (Dave) Breckner, Joanne (Bruce) Helmkay, brothers in law, John Hadvick, Bryan (Elsie) Beggs and sister in law, Barb Poole. His nieces are, Tammy (Bryce) Bessant, Angelique Vigeant, Cristy Beggs (Marty Grambo), Terri (Jim) Cooper and nephews, Bryan (Christie) Beggs, Dustin (Charlotte) Poole, Rick Poole, Robert (Jennifer) Helmkay and Scott Helmkay.

Great nieces and nephews: 

Ethyn, Jackson, Hope and Ridge (Beggs)

Owen, Mason, Zoey (Cooper)

Adrianna, Declan, Evangeline (Poole)

Zack (Helmkay)

In his younger years, he spent much of his time working on the family farm in Zelma, driving school bus and attended military school.

He was a hard worker and throughout his life he worked at the Allan potash mine, Worked in Uranium City in the uranium mines, Road construction with his sister Konnie, Kindersley transport, Cluff Lake,Trimack, then he went to Superior to work with uncle Ernie, Mid Sask Ag Services with Al and Esso Card lock when he got hurt, but that didn't stop him from staying busy because he also enjoyed working on cars with uncle Wayne.   

Murray loved the outdoors, camping with his family, and tipping a glass back with friends.  CHEERS TO YOU DAD!

Bernadine’s Memories:

When I was little I remember him telling me that “good things come in small packages…and so does dynamite” I believe he was referring to me. Driving through the clouds on our trip to B.C. My Dad was the man in black in my eyes, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Johnny Paycheck and Elvis. I will always think of him when I hear their songs. Watching the 1989 Grey Cup with him and Saskatchewan Roughriders win!!! I hope they win this year for you Dad. Going out for breakfast was one of our traditions when I came back to Saskatoon, and of course gathering as much family as we could with my travel schedule for a backyard BBQ. I’m so thankful that we could spend your last days together. I will miss you Dad.

Darwin's Memories :

1) one of our fondest memories is when Amber was 3 years old ...he taught her how to mix his drinks..he said she was the best bartender.

2) family camping trips were the best..Murray was up early visiting campsites with his black coffee

3) We had a  New Year's Eve celebration at a nightclub called the Pink Panther ..that was a fun night

4) When Darwin was 16 years old Murray gave him his first didn't run..he said if Darwin got it going he could have it and he got it going...Murray called it "The Black Maria"

5) He was generous in love and hospitality

6) He was proud of Nevin as a football player..he said he would be the next Rough Rider

7) He was proud of you and Al..he always talked about you guys...He said Bernadine always took good care of the old man...and Al worked so hard

8) As sick as he was he never thought of himself...he always asked about everyone else

9) One time when Darwin was working he mowed our lawn for us his cowboy boots...he was so cute..

Cory’s Memories:

Murray came into my life when I was around 12, and from that moment, he began shaping my world in unforgettable ways. The lessons, the joy, the laughter—those moments are memories I hold close. I'll never forget our trips to the lake, singing Johnny Horton songs together. He sang the verses, and we all joined in on the choruses.

"The General," our legendary car, felt like an adventure every time we had to crawl in through the window. And the van he bought from the Janzens—he was so proud of it. I remember Henry almost falling out of his chair when Murray handed him a check. Riding shotgun during harvest at the farm in Colonsay, hauling from the combine to the farm, was another special bonding time.

He brought his son and daughter into our lives, making us feel like one big, happy family on the weekends he had them. The advice and wisdom he shared were invaluable. He filled the role of a stepfather with so much love and effort. I truly appreciate everything he did for us and for our mom. We had our disputes, but the good times far outweighed them. I regret the times I thought I knew better.

I'm deeply sorry for not visiting as much in his final days. It was hard to watch him slowly deteriorate, and I struggled with finding the right words. But I am so grateful for everything Murray did. He made a lasting impact on our lives, and he will be missed more than words can express. Thank you for everything, Murray.

As per Murrays request, no formal funeral service will be held. We will have a celebration of life in the summer of 2025 , where any memories you want to share here, will be shared again then. 

The family is so thankful for the care given to Murray at Porteous Lodge in Saskatoon. 

“Goodbye’s are not forever, goodbye’s are not the end. They simply mean I miss you, until we meet again”. 

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