Tributes flow for hospital executive

THE funeral of former chief executive of Murwillumbah District Hospital Ian Murray, who died on Sunday after a battle with cancer, was held yesterday at the Tweed Heads Crematorium.

Mr Murray, a father and grandfather, retired from his position as chief executive of the hospital due to ill health late last year .

But the North Coast Area Health service has since not filled the position as it continues to amalgamate much of the management of The Tweed and Murwillumbah hospitals.

Tributes yesterday flowed from those who knew him and his devotion to Murwillumbah hospital, while local State MP Thomas George added that Mr Murray would have been disappointed the position at the hospital had not been filled.

North Coast Area Health Service Chief Executive, Chris Crawford said Mr Murray had worked in the health system for about 38 years, more than 20 of which had been on the NSW North Coast.

He said Mr Murray was appointed executive officer of Murwillumbah District Hospital in 1997. Before that he was the Director of Primary Health for the Tweed Valley Health Service.

“A highlight of his period as executive officer at Murwillumbah District Hospital was the development of the Rehabilitation Unit during the late 1990s,” Mr Crawford said.

“Mr Murray will be remembered for the tremendous contribution and the dedication he gave to Murwillumbah District Hospital..”

Mr George said the community of Murwillumbah would be “saddened by the news of the passing of Ian Murray”.

“He was a man who dedicated his life to health, particularly in the Murwillumbah area.

“Since I've been the local member I've found him to be very supportive of services that were needed in Murwillumbah.”

Murwillumbah Hospital Support Committee Ian Ross said he and his entire committee were “very saddened by the loss of a wonderful, community-spirited man”.

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