Murray, the first in a family of nine, was born on March 25, 1943, to Alois and Hilda (née Massinger) Albers at Humboldt. The years of his early childhood and youth were spent on the family farm near Marysburg. In 1956, the Albers family moved to Humboldt, where Murray attended school. Following his education, Murray entered the workforce, initially managing the Red and White grocery store in Luseland, SK. After a couple of years, Murray returned to Humboldt in the employ of Versatile Farm Equipment. Having met his bride Heather, the woman who remained his constant for 47 years, Murray’s roots remained strong in the Humboldt community, providing a content lifestyle for his growing family through many business ventures, starting with a partnership in Lumbermart, ownership of Albers Enterprises Inc.; an Arctic Cat snowmobile dealership, auto service centre and car wash. Murray tried his hand at Real Estate, and eventually landed on the purchase of Mar-Shell’s, a commercial janitorial business, retiring from this in 2016. As a community-minded person, Murray was a member of the Kinsmen and Lions service clubs. His faith was an important part of his life; he attended St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Humboldt, and eventually, joined the congregation of LifePoint Church in Lanigan. There, Murray took great pride in being a consultant for the church expansion committee. A very athletic man, Murray was involved in all kinds of sports, including track and field, hockey, snowmobiling, water skiing, and was an incredible dancer- particularly loving to jive. This athleticism is a trait he passed down to his children and grandchildren of whom he beamed with pride and always loved to talk about. More than anything, family always came first. Murray was a great support to his own parents in their golden years and always cherished the company of his brothers and sisters and their families. His heart for family was never more evident than his love for his wife, Heather, and their three children. That love extended seamlessly to his daughters-in-law and son-in-law. Murray’s love multiplied again with the arrival of each of his nine grandchildren, all of whom were a source of great pride for Murray. To all who knew him, Murray will be remembered as a man of integrity who was faithful, humble, kind, compassionate and generous. He showed us what it meant to be strong and courageous until the very end. Although our hearts are heavy, we are comforted by the blessed assurance of our salvation and eternal reunion with our Saviour.
Murray will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife, Heather (née Campbell) Albers; their three children and nine grandchildren: Kurtis (Chandra) Albers and family, Faith, Elisa and Rudy; Kristopher (Katherine) Albers and family, Elizabeth, Eden, and Ethan; and Charity (Jeff) Goring and family, Nyxon, Niko, and Shiloh; his five siblings: Mary (Llyod) Deshaye, Patricia Albers, Colleen (Brian) Cairns, Judy (Rick) Taylor, and Randy (Jane) Albers; sister-in-law, Linda Albers; brother-in-law, Dorian Paydli; and many nieces and nephews. Gone before him are his parents, Alois and Hilda (née Massinger) Albers; one sister, Bernadette (Dettie) Paydli; two brothers, Ben Albers and Rodger Albers and parents-in-law William and Mavis (née Nelson) Campbell.