Murray Robert Gummer

May 18, 1950 - August 20, 2022


Obituary For Murray Robert Gummer

Murray Robert Gummer, resident of Grande Prairie, Alberta passed away on August 20, 2022, at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton with his family by his side at the age of 72 years.

Murray was born on May 18, 1950, at Johanna's Maternity Home in Sexsmith, AB. He completed grades one to ten in LaGlace, AB and carried on to Sexsmith to finish high school.

Murray immediately entered the workforce and was approached by friend Jack Berg to join him in the insurance industry. He spent over 40 years in the field he loved. Murray “retired” in 2015 but somehow managed to acquire a nearly full-time job driving vehicles for the local dealerships and rental companies. This was totally Murray as he loved to travel.

He was active his entire life. Murray could be found curling every winter (he was a decorated Curler and represented Alberta at the Brier in 1982). He spent his summers golfing and biking. His true passions in life were the Yankees, the Montreal Canadiens, and his beloved grandchildren. He could be found at the swimming pool cheering on Brittyn and Cade with a stopwatch in hand or on the floor playing with Kolby or Keatyn. Blanket rides were a hit. His signature move, though, was making ice cream cones for all the grandkids. Maple Walnut and Neapolitan were always available.

Murray was easy to laughter, enjoyed social settings, had the patience of Job and his kindness had no bounds.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Janet; son, Richard (Lindsey) and their children Kolby and Keatyn; daughter, Reanne Talbot (Derek Van Tassell) and their children Brittyn and Cade Talbot, Caeden, Atom and Grayson Van Tassell. His sister, Frances Graydon and stepsister, Helen Doering and their families, the large extended Doll family and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, including Brittyn and Cade's father, Dale Talbot.

He was pre-deceased by his father, Howard Gummer; mother, Jean Gummer; step-mother, Margaret Gummer; father and mother-in-law, Daniel and Anne Doll; brothers-in-law, Gary Doering, Dennis Doll and Donald Doll as well as nephew, Daniel Doll.

A Perfect Day

Murray loved the little things in life with Janet by his side. A perfect day started with morning coffee discussing all things happening in the world with heavy emphasis on sports and his beloved Yankees. She was brought up to speed on scores and stats, pitching rotations, injuries, and current and possible future trades. Recently, completing Wordle and who did it quicker was added into the routine. A long bike ride and golfing in the summer months, curling and walking the Eastlink track in the winter months, driving Brittyn to the pool, his daily “signature Murray Caesar” and a good meal brought him joy. A perfect day ended by a doting Murray bringing Janet a hot cup of water.

Murray had many perfect days!!

The funeral will be held on Friday, September 9, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 10404-102 St, Grande Prairie, Alberta (lunch to follow). An informal gathering to celebrate Murray's life will take place that evening at the Grande Prairie Curling Centre at 7:00 p.m.

A Livestream of the service will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the service on Murray’s obituary on Oliver’s Funeral Home website. *Please note, the link will take you to Oliver's Facebook page, as it will be on Facebook live.*

Memorial Donations may be made to Jumpstart (, or to GPCSD – School Snack Program (9902 101 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2P4), or to GPPSD Education Foundation – Nutrition Program (10127 120 Ave., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 8H8), or to PWPSC – Nutrition Program (8611A 108 St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 4C5).

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  • 09/20/2022

    Janet & family you all are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Murray will always be remembered in our hearts. Sincerely, Lynn Hyska (Kirkham)

  • 09/17/2022

    Janet, Richard, Reanne and family, We were so sorry to hear about Murray and are thinking of you all. He was such a wonderful person and will be missed by many. May your wonderful memories bring you much comfort. Love to all, Jennifer, Colin, Micayla & Will xo

  • 09/09/2022

    Janet, our deepest condolences to you and your family! Loving thoughts and prayers from Molly & Ross. May the God of all comfort, comfort your hearts at this time! 💞

  • 09/08/2022

    Hi Janet. So sad to hear of Murray's passing. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I look back to the night when Jack Berg hired him like it was yesterday. I hired his buddy Don Mates the same night. Guess Where? GP Curling Club.

  • 09/08/2022

    Hi Janet. So sad to hear of Murray's passing. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I remember the night when Jack Berg hired Murray like it was yesterday. I hired his buddy Don Mates at the same time. Guess where? GP Curling Club Lounge. Boo Yanks-Go Dodgers. Don Richards

  • 09/08/2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Tricia Epp

  • 09/08/2022

    Janet, deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. Sending you and your family love and big hugs. Helen (Fox) Midgley

  • 09/07/2022

    Thinking of you all 💛

  • 09/05/2022

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of such a kind and loving soul.

  • 09/01/2022

    Janet and Family, our sincere condolences on Murray's passing. Our thoughts are with you and your loved ones. Lawrence & Marcine Hagen

  • 08/30/2022

    Janet and family; So sorry to hear of Murray's passing. What a great guy! We always could count on Murray to look after our Insurance even thirty years after leaving Grande Prairie. Thinking of you, Janet.

  • 08/29/2022

    To Janet and family so sorry to hear of your loss. God always takes the good ones and he sure was a good one. Prayers and hugs Colleen Cooke

  • 08/27/2022

    Very sorry to hear of Murray's passings , we sure curled a lot a games together back in our high school days. Rest In Peace old friend Ed Gtotkowski

  • 08/27/2022

    To Janet & family, so sorry to hear of Murray's passing. My deepest sympathy to you all. Love Levola Sedore

  • 08/26/2022

    To Janet and family and Frances We were shocked to hear of Murray's sudden passing. Our sincere condolences to you all Bryce and Donna Gummer

  • 08/26/2022

    Murray was a treasure. Loved talking sports with him. To Janet and family I pray that as sad as his passing is , one day soon as the healing process begins , you will thank god for having had such a fine fine man to call husband, father and grand pa! Buzz Burke

  • 08/26/2022

    Janet, Murray was one of the good ones and loved by many! So many memories but mostly we'll remember his laugh and smile! Sending huge hugs to you and the entire family. John, Linda and Rebecca Perkins

  • 08/26/2022

    We've had lots of fun times with Murray and Janet in Radium; golfing, catching up on family, and what became a tradition- dinner at the Black Forest He'll still watch his beloved sports in heaven

  • 08/26/2022

    So sorry to hear you lost Murray, Janet. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Many hugs to you, Glenna and Terry Hartz.

  • 08/26/2022

    Sorry to hear of Murray's passing Janet. Truly a great guy. My deepest condolences to you and the family.

  • 08/25/2022

    Janet and family. My sincerest condolences. I have the fondest of memories working with Murray at J. B.s. My prayers are with you. Rhonda Holwell

  • 08/25/2022

    My deepest condolences to a Janet and the family.

  • 08/25/2022

    Janet and family - please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time. Murray was such a kind and caring guy. From Bryan and Carolyn Gaunt

  • 08/25/2022

    Janet and family I was so sad to hear the bad news that Murray had passed My sincere condolences to you and your family - RIP Murray Karen Boyd

  • 08/25/2022

    Thinking of you Janet & family during your great loss... Craig & Bernice Ralston

  • 08/25/2022

    So sad to hear of Murray's passing. We are so glad we were able to reconnect in Kamloops and have some great visits and tell some great stories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Janet and all your family. Dave and Joann Wiegel

  • 08/25/2022

    We'll miss him so much. Goodbye Mur-bird

  • 08/25/2022

    Janet and family our thoughts our with you at this difficult time. Keep your memories close at hand. Big hugs to you all. Dallas and Gelennie

  • 08/25/2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Murray it was such a pleasure growing up across the street from you guys. The memories are many and you will be dearly missed.

  • 08/25/2022

    Janet, Richard, Reanne and Family: We are so very sorry to hear of Murray's passing and for your heartache. Murray was a such a kind and wonderful man and it was an honor to have known him. Jacki & Dale Gobin

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