Eric R. Murray, Q.C., 1928 – 2018

Eric Rutherford Murray, Q.C.

We learned on Tuesday, the 22nd of May of the passing our former partner and counsel, Eric R. Murray, Q.C.  Whether the Murray in our letter head was Eric or not, he always claimed it was and legitimately could claim much more.

His accomplishments in law made him one of Ontario’s pre-eminent counsel with few equals in the courtroom.  He was a large figure in the firm; large in stature with professional basketball sized hands, a voice that could be heard throughout the offices and a fondness for cigars that in another time wreathed his office in clouds of smoke.  Large in the intellect that he brought to some of the most difficult cases heard in our courts in his time.  Never imitated; always respected; a counsel you wanted in your corner.

His legal stature was perhaps surpassed by his bridge fame as a world Master of the Game.  Others will pay tribute to his accomplishments at the card table.  Genest Murray will long remember E.R.M. and we extend our condolences to his family.