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Official Obituary of

James "Jim" Murray

October 15, 1964 ~ February 24, 2024 (age 59) 59 Years Old

James "Jim" Murray Obituary

At the age of three, Jim wandered around the house with his dad’s tape recorder saying, “Hi, my name is Jim and I’m gunna tell you something!” And so he did.

Born in Zweibrücken, Germany in 1964, Jim began his radio journey at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. After graduation, he met JoAnne Fleming - Joey. In the decades to come he would often say that the only person he ever loved loved him back. To which Joey says “Well, Sweetness, right back atchya!”.

After a stint in private radio at CJRW and Q93, Joey asked him what he had always wanted to do. “I want to work at the CBC,” was the immediate response. In 1990 they were married in Saint John, New Brunswick. The subsequent ‘honeymove’ sent the couple Toronto-bound, to Jim’s CBL debut on Parliament Street. A new adventure joined them the following year with the birth of their child Jesse Elizabeth - strong, determined and brilliant, just like ‘daddad’.

Jim spent decades covering major events for radio and television at the CBC. In 2004, he travelled to Indonesia to report on the aftermath of the tsunami. Kandahar, Afghanistan was the journey in 2009 and 2010. Living in harsh desert conditions, embedded with members of the Canadian military, Jim brought courage and compassion in sharing stories of the people involved.

In 2015, sports came calling as the Pan Am Games hit Toronto. Just a year later, Jim was off to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics. “The pool has turned green.”

Jim covered major stories in Canada and the U.S. From mayoral elections to major trials and protests, he brought his unique storytelling gifts, sense of humour and never back down determination. Whether it was a unique turn of phrase or something unexpected, Jim’s reports stood out and stayed with the listener. Known for his passion for journalism, he often spoke of the need to do better, to be better - advice he passed along when asked to guest lecture in university classrooms.

When the pandemic arrived in 2020, Jim began daily Covid updates on the radio. Crafting together a home studio in Toronto, he sorted through the vast quantities of information from different provinces, medical officials and scientists to help Canadians make decisions during those unprecedented times. On air each night, colleague Susan Bonner would turn it over to ‘Our James Murray’ for an eager audience in need of information.

Remembered by colleagues, friends and family for pausing to ask “got a minute?” he would then draw on a virtual encyclopedia’s range of knowledge in the ensuing conversation. Always optimistic, always witty, always entertaining, Jim loved a good debate.

Jim lost a long-term battle with cancer on February 24, 2024 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. He is survived by his wife and daughter, Joey and Jesse (Jo), and his siblings Marie (Ray), Lois, Joanne (Mark) and Paul.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The University Health Network in Toronto in honour of Jim’s memory. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Mount Sinai, Princess Margaret and Hants Community Hospitals for their compassionate care and support over the past few years. 

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