Murray Polglase

Remembering Murray

Murray Polglase
Memorial at ISPP (23 January 2021)
Murray Polglase

This is a place to remember and celebrate the life and achievements of our principal, friend and colleague, Mr Murray Polglase. Please share your stories, memories and thoughts, so we can all see what a positive impact he had on all those around him.

If you would like to share photographs to add to our gallery, then please submit them using the Get in touch link and we will add them to the gallery. If you would like to read the speech made at Murray’s funeral ceremony, it is linked here

In the future, we will make these messages and stories into a book for Murray’s family, and we know they will cherish the stories, experiences and connections of others with their husband and father.

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Goldie & Ray wrote on February 7, 2021 at 10:31 pm
“When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” The words of Stuart Scott fit Murray like Sam’s embrace, and help us celebrate the life and cherish the memory of our mate.

Two images of Murray will be with me until we meet again. The first is the Vice-Principal Polglase. If WAB is truly a family, Sam and Murray were Mother and Father figures to many a troubled kid just trying to survive. They connected with all kids; but Sam and Murray made the biggest difference in the lives of kids dealing with inner doubts and demons, the kids others couldn’t or didn’t understand.

The second is Murray the mate. The last time we saw Sam and Murray was a year ago when we took COVID refuge in Cambodia. We had dinner and drinks in their back garden, and the biggest takeaway from the evening was they were so happy together, so at peace with things. Call it countenance, serenity, tranquillity, or Zen. Whatever. That’s the image I share and keep; back garden peace of mind.

Murray didn’t lose to cancer because Murray won life. We’ve got nothing but love and respect for the man, and thank him for all he has meant in our lives. We send heartfelt blessings and love to Sam, Zach, and Sophie; and grieve your loss together.
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