It is with immense heavy heart, sorrow and sadness that I report the death of Shoes Patron and longstanding Club member, Dr John Murray.
John was on a surf surfari in the Mentawai Islands when he died on Saturday from a suspected stroke.
It is reported he returned to the Tengirri Surf Charters boat after a solid session and collapsed when boarding the craft.
A nicer person you would be hard to meet!
John was the Club’s Patron, Board Member and Major sponsor for some five years – and a true blue Shoes Reef rider.
He was mild mannered, a true gentleman, a highly regarded and much loved husband and father, a dentist of high repute, a deep seated Rugby administrator and fan and a surfer who loved wave riding but who always took his turn to catch a swell.
John was terrific to be around. Just so knowledgable, well read, courteous, gentle and with rarely a bad word to say about anyone.
He was the sort of bloke who gave more than he took.
His business connections were broad, allowing him to nail financial support for the Club from a whole stack of enterprises, including Only Organic Foods, Tengirri, WJ Partners, Cronulla Travel, Little Parrot and Tina and Nicole’s Home Delivery to name just a few.
Like a lot of Shoes members, the Oak Park Pavilion and the Reef were dear to his heart and soul.
His too early passing is such a shock to the system.
We all loved Dr John and we will miss him always, while remembering him for his gentle and giving nature, happy temperament and smile and that buzz on his face when he paddled back to the line-up after catching a boom ride.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Karan and family members.
When the time is right, the Club will honour his massive contribution, his life, his giving, the man himself.
image credit: Ian “Macca” McDonald