We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services - Dauphin
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of a very special man, Murray Marchenski on May 18, 2022 at the age of 79 years.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Dale of 28 years, son Leon, stepson Chris (Candice), grandchildren, Branden, Krista, Logan and Jayden, stepdaughter Jody (Kevin), grandchildren, Dalton, Courtney (Todd) and Tristan.
Predeceased by his Mother Tina (Coma) in 1978, Father Lawrence in 2001 and Sister Lorraine in 2019.
Murray was born on July 21, 1942 to Lawrence and Tina Marchenski who operated a lumber/hardware business in Winnipegosis. He grew up with his two sisters Lorraine and Marlene. He attended school in Winnipegosis, played hockey as a goalie with the Winnipegosis Tigers.
He worked in the lumber yard while attending school and when he completed his grade 12 he worked fulltime in the family business from 1961 to 1967. In 1967 he took over the operation of the lumber yard. In 1973 Murray opened his second lumber yard in Yorkton, Sask.
Murray started to worked for West Region Tribal Council in 1982 as a building inspector/housing advisor and over the next 39 years developed a deep connection with the First Nations people.
It was also when he started his long time relationship with Bose's Gym, working out pretty much everyday and also joined the Dauphin Lions Club in 1986.
Murray met Dale in 1991 and they married in 1994 and started his relationship with his stepdaughter Jody and stepson Chris which grew closer over the years. They began their married life at Ochre Beach and soon became dog parents to their beloved dog Gus. They also became grandparents to 7 grandchildren.
Murray's greatest joys were working out, travelling and especially spending time with the grandkids (who quickly had him pegged as a real softie and would always go to him when they wanted something because GiGi just couldn't say no).
Murray retired from West Region Tribal Council in July 2007 after 25 years and was immediately asked to consider Project Management of homes being built at Ebb and Flow. Two weeks later Murray was back at work. He enjoyed the challenge of having numerous houses under construction at one time and this became his new hobby (it was never work to him).
It was at this time Murray and Dale started their own business of Project Management/Consultant Company for the next 14 years. During this time Murray developed and was Project Manager for construction of First Nation houses at Ebb & Flow (60), Skowan (26), Keeseekoowenin (27) and Rolling River (9). His greatest pleasure was handing over the keys to families who were receiving the new homes.
Murray especially enjoyed his time with Dale in Arizona. They attended many Coyotes hockey games, attended many Barrett-Jackson and local car shows, enjoyed wandering around the Flea Markets, working out at the club gym, going on bus junket trips to the casinos, horse racing track and even took in a few dog shows. He also enjoyed when family and friends came to visit in Arizona and took everyone around to see the sights.
Murray could only be described as a man who was larger than life and always had a sincere, cheerful greeting for everyone he met. Murray (GiGi) will forever be missed by those he loved.
A Funeral Service was held for Murray on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 11:00 am from the Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin with Rev. Michel Nault officiating.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Murray may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.
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