Murray Leonard Watson, a beloved member of the Winnipeg community and a local woodcarver, passed away surrounded by his family on October 30, 2023 at Riverview Health Centre.
Murray's artistic journey began in his youth, as his creative talent was evident from an early age. His knack for drawing and his passion for artistic expression were already well-known. As a teen, he entered the autobody course at Kildonan East Collegiate but found the nature of the program a mismatch for his vibrant creative spirit.
Following his heart, Murray sought out his true passion and enrolled in the Advertising Art program at Red River College. This educational endeavor marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment to his art. Murray decided to venture out on his own, specializing in bird carvings. Murray showcased his masterpieces at local craft fairs and farmers markets, gaining recognition for his exceptional craftsmanship.
Among his many artistic achievements, Murray became locally renowned for his “wood spirit” carvings, a series of beautiful creations that adorn the Bois-des-Esprit Forest creating a sense of magic and wonder in the natural surroundings.
Murray’s artistic talents extended beyond the creation of his wooden masterpieces. He generously shared his expertise by serving as a judge for local carving competitions. As well he created beautiful snow sculptures for the Festival de Voyageur, captivating audiences with his imagination and skill.
While his art was his passion, Murray was also known for his gentle personality and sense of humor. His laughter was infectious, and he and his sister, Barb, shared a treasure trove of inside jokes. He had a love for dancing, music, and singing karaoke, with the Osborne Legion being a favorite venue for his performances.
Murray’s kindness knew no bounds, especially towards his elders. He was known for his patient and caring nature, regularly taking his mother and aunt on day trips, bringing joy and warmth to their lives.
Murray Leonard Watson leaves behind a legacy of creativity, laughter, and love. He will be remembered for his remarkable artistic talents, his captivating wood carvings, and his unwavering kindness towards others. His spirit lives on in the beauty he created and the joy he brought to the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be dearly missed.
Murray is survived by his mother Joan (nee: Nairn); sisters Janis Necsefor (Alex) and Barb (Gerhard); Aunts Pat, Nettie, Armande; Uncle Bill; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a community that will forever cherish his memory.
He was predeceased by his father Leonard; sister Lynne Wall; brother-in-law Gary Wall; and great nephew Morgan Leclerc.
A gathering in Murray’s honour with family and friends will be announced at a later date in 2024.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Murray’s memory to Save Our Seine, or, The Wildlife Haven Centre, Iles des Chenes, MB.
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