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Rest In Peace, Murray Champion

We wish to express our deep sadness at the passing of Murray Champion. Drive past any community revegetation projects along the Apollo Bay Foreshore, Skenes Creek, the Barham River or Wild Dog Creek and you will see Murray’s legacy. Countless hours of water monitoring, weeding, mulching, planting, chatting and joking have been put in by Murray over his 15 years as a Landcarer and founding member of Townies for Landcare. Murray has been a lynchpin of both the Landcare and Waterwatch community and will be sadly missed by all.

~ by SOLN on October 4, 2011 .

17 Responses to “Rest In Peace, Murray Champion”

  1.   Isobelle Carmody Says:

    I am so so sad to hear that Murray has died. I can’t believe I will never make him a cup of tea again, or invite him to lunch and have him turn up with the whole lunch. I can’t believe he will never tell me about crawling up the side of a creek in the night trying to count platypus. He was such an incredible meticulous, talented painter and such an interesting, diverse man, and he cared for the world we all live in so tenderly. It is hard to write today and it was hard to write yesterday and I guess it will get easier, but some people are such a sorrowful loss to the world.

    Home is a little less home, without you.

    Vale Murray.


  2.   SOLN Says:

    Thank you Isobelle for your most beautiful words.

  3.   Kathleen Harkins Says:

    Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Murray. We had a good old laugh together last week.

    Rest peacefully Murray.


  4.   Rosemary Kidd Says:

    I am shocked to hear of Murray’s death. He will be sadly missed, he was a tireless worker, trying to rectify the damage done to the environment especially in Apollo Bay,Skenes Creek and surrounding areas.

    Well Murray, you will rest in peace, you have done a great job here and there are no mobile phones where you are.


  5.   Bruce Pascoe and Lyn harwood Says:

    We were all worried about the Muz but we’ve all lost a good friend. We told our dogs tonight there was only one person apart from us who ever bought them presents. We relied on his meticulous nature but were warmed by his constant friendship. No more 40 minute six o’clock phone calls, no more instant picnics, no more direct conduit to the life of the Bay … we’re sorry that you’re absent Muz, sorry that we’ll never see the intrepid kayak on the Wallagaraugh River again, sorry not to be told the right way to cook aubergine … we miss you old friend. Bruce and Lyn. (and Wangarabel and Yambulla … and Brim and Reg who went before.)

  6.   Nieka Says:

    Murray I lament your passing and send prayers of peace to you.Thanks for the love and nurturing you gave to the land.I hope we can caretake the land in the vision you hold.Nieka

  7.   Pat Bodsworth & Beth Marr Says:

    Murray: artist, story teller, dog whisperer and great friend. We will miss him and think of him whenever the phone rings at the crack of dawn and every time we buy a tattslotto ticket.

  8.   Ken and Lilly Makings Says:

    We’ll miss Murray and the MGC-mobile with the kayak. He always stopped to give our two cocker spaniels a treat. Hebe (the smart one) always follows any car with a kayak on top. Herky loved the smell of the car boot. Never forgotten. A true lover of animals and a kind and gentle spirit.

  9.   Louise and Keith Dobbins Says:

    Such a Champion, in so,so many ways. We will dearly miss you Murray. Thank you for the privilege. Keith & Louise

  10.   Evan and Norma Pitt Says:

    We will sadly miss Murray who cared for our property for so long. He was so caring for Little fella, Sam, Pepe and Zonk, (our donkeys).
    A friend and true gentleman weho loved Apollo Bay and surrounds.
    Rest Peacefully
    Evan and Norma

  11.   Carole and David Webley Says:

    We were devastated to learn of Murray’s death. He was a great friend – often popping in to share a cup of tea and a friendly chat. He was so full of enthusiasm for the care of the environment and the wild creatures of the Otways. Dear Murray, we will greatly miss your cheerful face and the happy times we shared.
    With fond memories
    Carole and David

  12.   Margaret Murphy Says:

    Murray gave so much to all around him – the land, friends both human and animal, and his art. I will miss his friendship, help, advice, jokes and muffins and Gemma will miss his friendship too, as well as all the pats and treats.

  13.   Pauline Tangey Says:

    Sad to hear such an environmentalist has passed. I remember Murray from Yallourn High School. Go to http://www.virtualyallourn 1960 2A school photo, which male is Murray.

  14.   Robyne Byron--Smith (nee Adams) Says:

    I am a childhood mate/neighbour/ family friend from Yallourn. Murray and I grew up together. I can’t remember how many times I would have climbed the tree to get over the fence into his place. We went to kinder, school together. I have tried to keep in touch over the years since he moved to Apollo Bay after his mother passed away. Others from Yallourn to whom I have spoken about his passing are also shocked to hear the news – Wendy Black, Heather Westgarth.
    rest in peace, Murray. I still have that unsigned painting of yours Which every one admires when they come into my lounge room. You will always be rememberd.

  15.   Louise and Keith Dobbins Says:

    A true chapion of the enviroment and true values in life rest our friend

    Louise and Keith Dobbins

  16.   Sandra Wellington Says:

    My dear cousin. Although you lost contact with many of your cousins over the past few years,we are all saddened by your recent passing and are in our thoughts. 11th of November our “shared birthday” I will miss our Happy Birhtday calls, and our contact at Christmas, although you needed a reminder to correspond! May you RIP with Auntie Molly, Uncle Bert, and your pal Fletcher. Fond memories of our younger days will remain with me forever.You will always be remembered.
    Love Sandra.

  17.   Joan and John Brick Says:

    Our trips to Skenes Creek will never be the same in not being able to catch up with Murray and hear about all the stories and events since the last time we were there. To know Murray has been an honor and to meet someone so dedicated into making this part of Victoria a better and more beautiful place. I am so sorry we were not able to be there for his memorial but know we will try in some small way to carry on his work by being involved and actively supporting the projects that he loved…Murray you are a legend..
    The Brick clan