Murray Palen

Murray Ross Palen

May 18th, 1936 - January 12th, 2020
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Passed away after a courageous struggle with illness, with his loving family by his side, on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Murray Ross Palen of Tillsonburg, in his 84th year. Lifelong resident of Tillsonburg, Murray was a dairy farmer and worked for E&E McLaughlin. Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 153, Tillsonburg. Murray treasured his family and his many good friends, all of whom will miss him dearly. Murray loved baseball which he played, umped and coached all his life. Murray was always willing to lend a helping hand. Murray enjoyed playing horseshoes and every year Sam hosted “Murray’s Annual Horseshoe Tournament.” Murray loved people and being with people and always had a cold beverage ready for visitors. Murray was a man who had many skills, always ready to jump into fixing or building projects being a “jack of all trades.” He will be missed for his smile, laughter and many jokes. Predeceased by his much loved wife Janice (Hatton) Palen (1996). Survived by Debbie (Bryan Bailey) and their sons: Russell and Jesse: Ross (Sam) (Lisa) Palen and son Sam; Yvonne (Mark Jones) and their son Kyle and daughter Kirstie and Scott Palen (Jackie) and their son Cole and daughter Callie. Murray will be also missed by his many nieces, nephews and cousins. Survived by a special friend Carla Graves and family. Predeceased by three brothers and four sisters and much loved granddaughter Alexis.

Cremation has taken place at Murray’s expressed wish. Everyone who knew Murray is welcome to a Celebration of His Life at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #153, Tillsonburg on Saturday, January 25th,2020 from 1 to 4 pm. Interment will take place at a later date in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in memory of Murray by cheque or on our website to the “Royal Canadian Legion, Tillsonburg,” or to the “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation,” or to any charity of your choice would be appreciated by the Palen family.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 153
    16 Durham St.
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 1V7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Celebration of Murray's Life. Everyone is welcome.
  • Celebration of Murray's Life

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 153
    16 Durham St.
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 1V7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    1pm - 4pm
  • Interment

    Tillsonburg Cemetery
    191-193 Simcoe Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    At a later date.


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herve rancourt

Posted at 10:02pm
My Deepest Sympathy to the Palen Family

Sandra Gordon

Posted at 08:42am
Extending sincere sympathy to family and friends of Murray. I have many fond memories of times at the Ostrander farm celebrating Christmas and family gatherings and always felt welcome. The great memories you have will sustain the coming months when his name will be said and a smile will follow the conversation. Those we love are never far away they remain a part of everyday life. Hug each other and find peace in a life well lived. Love to all - Sandra Smith/Gordon

Caitlin Fulton

Posted at 11:10pm
Murray was a wonderful man. He would smile, wave and always ask about my day when I would see him. Always so positive and kind. It was very easy to see that he had a huge heart and enjoyed seeing others happy. I think one of his favourite things to do was to cut his sons lawn and he did a fantastic job each and every time he did it. Finding out the news of his passing was not only shocking but completely heartbreaking. I’m so sorry for your incredible loss. I know that Murray will live on in the wonderful memories so many of us have and cherish. Praying for you all during this very difficult time.

Rob and Kathy Persia

Posted at 09:50am
Dear Palen Family
Kathy and myself are very sorry to hear of Murrays passing. He always had a smile and a wave .
Hold close to your hearts all the fond memories.

Sherry Williams

Posted at 07:42pm
Deb, Brian and families. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I met Murray when I was a server and always enjoyed our visits. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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