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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Respected solicitor dies at age of 87

TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who helped shape one of Barrow’s best-known solicitors’ firms.

Peter Fisher Murray, of The Hill, died peacefully on June 2 aged 87.

Mr Murray was instrumental in creating the firm now known as Brown and Murray, which has branches in Barrow and Millom.

He started his career with HG Pearson and Son in Barrow in the 1950s before the firm merged with RL Brown to become Brown, Pearson Son and Murray before becoming Brown and Murray in the 1970s.

Mr Murray moved to Millom before the end of the Second World War, where he met his future wife and raised sons Roger and Michael, who both followed in his footsteps to practice law.

Roger Murray, senior partner in Brown and Murray paid tribute to a “supportive and generous” father.

He said “He started his career in the days of general practice but he particularly enjoyed dealing with criminal work and spent a lot of time in the local magistrates’ court where he gained a reputation for his knowledge and expertise in this field.

“He enjoyed his work and it played a big part in his life, and he took a while to adjust when he retired.”

Mr Murray said his father was hard-working and held in high regard by those he encountered.

He added: “He was very gregarious and held with affection by his clients and friends.

“Outside of work he was a generous attentive father and grandfather who spent a lot of time with his family.”

A keen sports fan, Mr Murray could often be found fishing, sailing or watching Millom Rugby Union Football Club.

His son added: “He played drums in a local jazz band for many years at the High Cross Inn, in Broughton, and was chairman of Millom and District Angling Association."

Mr Murray is survived by his second wife Pauline, sons Roger and Michael, grandchildren James and Rebecca and his sister Sheelagh Read.

His funeral is due to take place tomorrow at St Anne's Church, Thwaites, at 2pm.

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