Friday, July 24, 2009

Memorial to Wm. T. Murry II


(l-r) My cousin, Dave Murry, me, and my Uncle Tom Murry


My mom's brother, my uncle Tom Murry, passed away yesterday. Uncle Tom was a dentist by trade, but he was always an active jazz cornet player. As a kid, I was fascinated by Uncle Tom. He was a natural comedian. He always had time for us kids, loved to take us fishing, and talked constantly about music. He was the first person that I ever identified as having the same love of music that I did, and his constant references to this artist, or that recording or show, gave me permission & encouragement to make music a big part in my life. There is a good chance that I would not be writing this had things been different.

He was always interested in my bands, and when I quit graduate school to pursue matters musical, he was the only greater family member that I remember being immediately supportive rather than perplexed or disappointed. Uncle Tom and my Aunt Charlotte were the most 'in love' couple that I have ever known. They seemed to wear life easily when they were together, and it was immediately obvious to everyone that they liked each others' company and were deeply and passionately devoted to each other. They modeled the marriage that I now have, miraculously, with my wife Christi.

I'm still having a lot of sadness over his passing, but his generous and unique spirit will live on and ripple down the generations through many, many people. I will never really be without him. So, here's to Wm. T. Murry, II. I'll miss you Uncle Tom, but I know that you will be with us as long as we are here to remember.

6 Comments:

Anonymous andrew said...

Amen, Dan. May his spirit live on in the Murry and Workman clans.

9:44 AM  
Blogger zenfilm said...

Thank you Tom for inspiring and supporting Dan. He continues your legacy by inspiring and supporting so many. You shall be missed... You shall be remembered.

9:46 AM  
Blogger faithmusic said...

With tears in my eyes, I say that this ode to Uncle Tom really touched MY life today. I am amazed at how God uses certain people in our lives to inspire and shape us and encourage us where we need it. Thanks for sharing a little bit of Uncle Tom with all of us, Dan, and may God bring comfort to you and your family during this time.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Cheryl M. Amelang said...

With tears in my eyes, I say that this ode to Uncle Tom really touched MY life today. I am amazed at how God uses certain people in our lives to inspire and shape us and encourage us where we need it. Thanks for sharing a little bit of Uncle Tom with all of us, Dan, and may God bring comfort to you and your family during this time.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Medicine Girl said...

...I'm speechless...he inspired your passion and reason for being, your purpose here...I'm so glad I read this today, thanks Dan, lots of love and hugs =)

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Jame Ortiz,

Dan, we've shared many hours together in and out of the studios. We've also shared the passion and love of Family in our music and in our daily lives. We are blessed to have these treasure(s), namely Tom. Now we have another Angel in Heaven looking out for us... So here's to Tom Murry, a man who lives on through my good friend and brother of heart, Dan Workman.

5:21 PM  

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