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 G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation


(Photo: G. Murray, Atholl and Edna Forbes)

Gordon Murray and Edna Forbes were long time residents of Regina. Murray was born in 1916 in Regina to Scottish parents – his father being a partner at the law firm Cross, Jonah, Hugg and Forbes. Murray took his public schooling in Regina prior to enrolling in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan from which he graduated with a BA LLB in 1940. He was active in the University year book, the Greystone. In January 1941 he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Canadian Army serving in the 17th Field Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery until his demobilization in 1946. Following his return to civilian life, he practiced law until his appointment in 1962 as Justice in the Court of Queen’s Bench where he served until retirement in 1991.

Murray had an interest in several mining developments and most notably in the 1950’s was Secretary and first shareholder of Canadian Devonian Petroleums.

Edna was born in 1917 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Reginald and Daisy Smith who had recently emigrated from England. Following her graduation from collegiate and business school in the depression, she was employed at a number of part time jobs before obtaining permanent employment with the Royal Bank. After the war, she transferred with the bank to Regina where she met Murray. They were married in Prince Albert in 1952 and established a home in Regina where they quickly became involved in community life. Edna took in many cultural and artistic activities include the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Mackenzie Art Gallery. She was especially fond of opera and for many years travelled to Minneapolis with a group of friends to attend performances of New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She had an excellent appreciation for artwork which became a notable feature of their home. Farming was also part of her life as she owned and operated a small farm north of Kipling which she donated in 2007 to the Sask Wildlife Federation. The church was her abiding interest and she was a committed and active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral for many years being President of the Altar Guild and, as well, one of the Cathedral’s first female wardens.

Murray’s community activities included serving as president of the Wascana Winter Club and the Royal United Services Institute being honoured with a Life Membership in the latter organization. He was also a member of the Assiniboia Club and a long time member and elder at Knox Metropolitan United Church. He played a good game of bridge and enjoyed golf, sailing and curling. Throughout his life, he maintained a strong interest in veteran’s affairs and was resident in the Veteran’s Wing at the Wascana Rehabilitation Hospital at the time of his death in 2005.

Murray and Edna enjoyed their summer home in Kenossee Lake and travelled across much of Canada and the United States in their Airstream travel trailer. Murray’s sister, Atholl, was a frequent visitor at Kenossee and a companion on many of their trailer travels. She was a graduate of the University of Manitoba in Home Economics and for many years served as head dietician at the Regina General Hospital. Atholl spent a full life involved with family, friends and community affairs. When she died in 2008, the bulk of her estate was bequeathed to the Forbes Foundation.

“Showing by example”

Early in the first years of the Regina Community Foundation  -- later changed to The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation --  it was clear to the Ambler Family that for the sake of growth, we’d need to show by example that we had confidence in this newly-established Foundation.

That’s why there is a “Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ambler Fund” in the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.


“Begin with an Investment”

“As one of the founding members of the Regina Community Foundation, I was inspired by the success of The Winnipeg Foundation which was Canada’s very first foundation. There is only one way to comprehend the potential impact of a Community Foundation in South Saskatchewan — by getting involved.”

The simplest way, is to begin with an investment. That was the start of the “Gen and Murray Grant Fund”


Mary and Vern Fowke

“We think highly of the Foundation and of the work that it does.  To help ensure that it is able to continue, we established the Mary and Vern Fowke Fund.  This will help the Foundation to continue as an ongoing and viable entity in the community.”

Mary and Vern Fowke


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