Vale Graham Murray: Updated
Family, friends and the rugby league fraternity will pay tribute to Graham Muzz Murray on Monday, August 5 at 11am.
His Funeral will be at Saint Peters and Pauls Church Corner Riding Road & Main Ave, Bulimba. The wake will be held after the funeral at Wynnum Manly Leagues Club (Skyview Room).
The Queensland Rugby League has today paid tribute to Graham Murray, a highly respected and successful coach who died in Brisbane aged 58.
Graham coached at NRL, Super League (UK) and State of Origin level, but I know he was just as proud of his work with grassroots rugby league, QRL chief executive officer Robert Moore said today.
After finishing up with the Cowboys, Graham stayed on in Townsville where he worked for the QRL Northern Division. He devoted many hours to educating and mentoring local coaches in the area before accepting the CEOs position with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
It was no surprise the Seagulls won an Intrust Super Cup premiership while Graham was there, but at the same time it didnt come as a huge shock that he vacated that role to pursue his greatest passion and that was without doubt coaching.
QRL chairman Peter Betros said Murray was a wonderful person who was deeply admired and respected across all levels of the game.
Muzz just loved his rugby league and his passing at such a young age is hard to come to terms with, Betros said.
On behalf of the Queensland Rugby League, I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Amanda and his family.
Before his first health scare earlier this year, Murray was preparing the Australian Jillaroos womens team for a tilt at the World Cup and the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in their quest for a hat-trick of Intrust Super Cup titles.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls chairman Rick Green said it was a pleasure to have Murray involved with the club.
As a football club we were very pleased to bring a person of the quality and calibre of Graham Murray into our fold in 2010, Green said.
We were sad to see him go in 2012, but very glad to welcome him back in 2013 as head coach.
He brought with him exceptional character, values and great wit. He set up our 2013 season and left the club well prepared for the job ahead.
We will miss his fellowship and leadership greatly, but our thoughts remain with his family and their loss exceeds ours by far.