When Moruya GP Steve Murray wasn’t aiding people with their health, he could be found out on the green immersed in a game of golf.
The much-loved doctor, who passed away after a battle with cancer in October last year, aged 64, has been remembered in a fitting tribute unveiled at Moruya Golf Course on July 1.
Dr Murray’s family and friends gathered at the 16th hole to reveal a memorial wooden park bench in his honour.
“Sunday’s unveiling comes after a promise made between Dr Murray and his family in the days before his death,” a spokesperson said.
“In the last days before Steve passed away, his wife, Christina, and his brother Paul, asked Steve if there was anything that he would like to happen, to leave behind, to remember him by.
“Golf was Steve’s passion, so he asked if a memorial seat could be installed on the 16th hole – his nemesis on the Moruya Golf Course.”
Golfing mate Steve Johnston said the bench seat was a fitting tribute to their golf-loving friend, known affectionately as ‘Doc.’
“Last week, I sat in the new chair on the 16th tee that Steve’s mates had put together for him, looking down the fairway at the setting sun, with my arm around the magnificent plaque that honours Steve,” Mr Johnston said.
“This is exactly what Steve would have wanted.”
Paul Murray remembered his brother as a special mate.
“As the youngest of three boys, I remember Steve as a caring and supportive brother who took time to be involved with me as a young kid growing up,” Mr Murray said.
“As the age gap between us closed over the years, we became good mates as brothers, which was special.
“Steve was a dedicated and loving father to Danielle, Bernadette and Alex and a devoted Poppy to Cooper.
“He and his wife Christina loved being with each other, whether it be the gym, travelling or just being at home, they were happily content.
“We miss him a lot as do so many people in the community who knew him.”
Doctor Murray contributed more than 35 years of his life to medicine in Moruya and shortly before his passing, highlighted his passion for spreading a message of good health.
“So many of you have grown into friends over these many years. I am humbled but bolstered by the overwhelming flow of love and support and the courage that is brought to myself and my family,” Doctor Murray said.
“Continue to strive for better health in yourself, which was always our shared goal and my greatest reward.”
Following his passing, daughters Bernadette and Danielle Murray established a memorial in his honour, with funds raised donated to cancer prevention and treatment services in the Eurobodalla.
Donations can be made online at mycause.com.au/page/164632