A well-known member of the Fermanagh community, Mr. Clive Murray, late of Ballinamallard, passed away on December 26, 2016, peacefully after a long illness, at the Tilery Nursing Home, Florencecourt.

Clive Murray was born on June 5, 1939, a much loved son to Jim and Ruby Murray and a dear brother to Madge, Isobel, Mabel, Jimmy and Paul.

The family were brought up in Upperlands, Co. Londonderry, where they attended Ampertain School. On leaving school, Clive went to work for William Clark and Sons, Ireland’s oldest linen fabric mill.

In 1962, Clive began his career to which he dedicated a lifetime of service, joining the R.U.C. 1962 and serving until 2001, where he considered many of his colleagues to be among his closest friends.

He married Pamela Armstrong, daughter of Aubrey and Edith Armstrong, in August 1970, and they made their home in Killyvilly, Enniskillen, where they were blessed with two children, Aubrey and Gail. Clive was an active father, taking great pride in his family and his service to the local community.

The family subsequently moved to Ballinamallard in 1986 and made their home in Ferney View. Clive was a member of Magheracross Parish Church and was also a member of Irvinestown Masonic Lodge 277 and the Royal Arch Chapter 58 Trillick. 

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Clive had in his youth received many cups for running and was a keen badminton player. He had played football for many years for Enniskillen Rangers Football Club as well as the RUC team. He greatly enjoyed the matches at Ballinamallard United Football Club, where he had served as Chairman, Groundsman and Committee member.

Clive was a cherished grandfather to six granddaughters: Rebecca, Jessica, Victoria and Emily in Ballinamallard and Mariella and Christa in Jersey.
All of the girls enjoyed spending time with him, and in latter years he particularly enjoyed their singing.

Clive retired in 2001 but sadly was soon after diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
He remained at home for a number of years being nursed by Pam before being admitted to Clogher Valley Nursing Home and thereafter the Tilery, Florencecourt.

Clive’s widely attended funeral service was held at Magheracross Parish Church, Ballinamallard, conducted by Archdeacon Brian Harper and the Rev. Charles Eames.

His son Aubrey delivered the Scripture Reading Psalm 23, and his daughter Gail McCourt read a poem, “He is gone” by David Harkins.

Clive’s granddaughter Jessica sang “Danny Boy” as the remains came into the church. The hymns were “Amazing Grace”, “Abide with Me”, and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”. Burial was at Craghan Cemetery, Ballinamallard.

He is much missed by his wife Pam, his son Aubrey and daughter Gail, his daughter in law Janice and his son in law Stuart, by each of his granddaughters and his family and friends.

His family said they will remember fondly his dedication as a serving Police Officer, his love for his family and his sometimes mischievious sense of humour.

The funeral arrangements were by Funeral Directors, S.R. Elliott and Sons, Darling Street, Enniskillen.