“My father was a man with scruples, integrity, and values, and he lived each day to the best of his ability. It is with a very heavy heart that I write Murray Alexander Bleich moved on in his journey Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 after a year-long illness with cancer."
Murray Alexander Bleich was born to parents Alexander Bleich and Millie Rommel on July 15th, 1938, in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. He was raised in a hardworking farming family home of what would eventually become six siblings. In April 1956, he and a neighbour's son left farming in Saskatchewan and headed to Prince George, British Columbia.
It didn’t take long until Murray was gainfully employed with the City of Prince George, which was a venture of 42 years by the time he retired. His life became much richer in 1958 when he met and married Helene Spenst. Together they established a home and their lives were blessed with two children, Marilyn and Kevin.
Living in the central interior of British Columbia afforded Murray the hobbies and passions of the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and his love of backroads, lakes, streams, and the glorious forests and hillsides was his idea of an exotic vacation. You could always find Murray on the otherside of a camera appreciating and admiring mother nature. Murray was also a blue grass, homegrown country music kind of guy. He enjoyed jumping in the motorhome with Helene and cruising off to the next festival or musical event where he would immerse himself into the people and culture of his yesteryears. Family and close friends were very important to Murray and although his world was small to some, it was big in ways that mattered to him the most.
Murray is survived by his wife of 62 years Helene, daughter Marilyn, and grandson Ryan, Brother Howard (Doreen) Bleich and Sister Sharon (Bleich) Forbes.
Several family members have gone before Murray including his son Kevin Wayne Bleich, nephew Todd Bleich, sisters Marjorie (Bleich) Melby, Diana (Bleich) Hutchison, and Darlene (Bleich) Shiels, father Alexander Bleich and mother Millie (Rommel), step-mother Eleanor (Stratton) Bleich, as well as a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and other relatives.
My father's birthday is July 15th, 2021, and because of the circumstances surrounding gatherings at this time we ask that you honour and celebrate the life of Murray Bleich on this day in your own way.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Rotary Hospice House in honour of Murray Bleich.