Dr James Robert Murray (Jim) MBBS MRCGP ‘A wide smile above his bow tie’
Jim was born in Bristol in 1944 and was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol and studied Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, London where he graduated in 1967. Having started training initially as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, four children in quick succession led him to become a GP, and Police Surgeon, in Norfolk (1969 to 1975). It was during these years that Jim started publishing medical anecdotes relevant to the general public in his regular slot “Dr Bayley’s Casebook” in “Norfolk Fair” whilst also publishing more scientific articles in publications such as “Pulse” and the “British Medical Journal”.
He came across multiple intriguing events as a GP and wrote stories about these which he published in 2020 in his book Patients, Pills and Partridges: A Country Doctor’s Tales of the 1970’s.
He and Sue met in London in 1981 and they married in 1983. Sue also became Mum to James, Victoria, Duncan and Dominic whilst also having Tom and Toby themselves. Jim and Sue moved from Dartmouth to Milverton in 2012 and he soon integrated himself into village life, joining the church choir and helping with the Milverton street fair. He also involved himself in local companies, being chairman of Cutest and on the board of Hantsom and Somerset Red Stone Trust.
Jim was very much a people person and he had a lovely way of getting on with everyone he met. He was always interested in what others were doing and was always happy to give advice or help when needed. He was an inspiring father and devoted husband. In the words of multiple tributes “Jim was one of the world’s exceptional people”. Although his death was premature, Jim has left an eternal legacy that will continually benefit others for years to come.
Sue and the family are so grateful to everyone who very kindly sent condolence cards, letters, messages, flowers and food after their adored Jim’s passing. It really is the most amazing village to live in.
The funeral service will take place at St Michael’s Church on Friday 7 January with the wake at the Globe. No flowers please, but donations to Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre via Just Giving Jim Murray, who provided the most amazing care for Jim would be warmly welcomed.