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Hugh Murray (1948-2023): a nurse with the gift of song

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Hugh Murray (Photograph courtesy of Music on the Rock)

A dialysis nurse at the Bermuda Hospitals Board with a magnetic personality and talent for song wowed with his performances — on stage, at benefits and just about everywhere else — and was known especially for his generosity and kindness.

Hugh Murray, who settled in Bermuda from Barbados, was remembered by former government minister and music historian Dale Butler as a congenial singer with a gift for working a room.

“He loved to sing and had lots of energy, along with a smile that lit up the world,” Mr Butler said.

The father of four was known for his performances with Legacy and later with Pulse, a more recent band.

Selena Fields, the president of the Bermuda Entertainment Union, said the organisation was “very saddened to hear of the loss of Hugh Murray”.

“He was beloved in the Bermuda entertainment community for his performances, notably with the band Legacy, but with other artists as well.

“He was very entertaining, had a wonderful voice and lit up the stage — plus his personality off the stage was so beloved. The King Edward VII Memorial Hospital family are feeling his loss as well.”

She added: “He was an awesome gentleman, a beautiful person and one of my personal friends.”

Hugh Murray in uniform at the dialysis unit of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (File photograph)

Mr Murray enjoyed singing ballads and classics from the 1960s and 1970s, but his repertoire also included Caribbean styles, such as soca and reggae.

Gina Davis, a comedian who performed alongside Mr Murray, counted the singer among her dearest friends.

A staff director at CedarBridge Academy, Ms Davis said the artist enjoyed visiting the school to perform karaoke with students.

“He did that all over, at seniors’ homes, the hospital, anywhere people called him. He cared for people, and a legacy I will remember him for is he never said no to anyone that needed anything. He always helped people.”

Mr Murray was proud of his inclusion on a commemorative stamp for the hospital, she added.

He sang at funerals, including for Ms Davis’s father, as well as weddings and parties, and performed at bars and hotels.

Mr Murray taught himself instruments from the harmonica to the didgeridoo. Ms Davis said she still has the harmonica he left in Bermuda when he returned to Barbados in 2019.

“He was definitely a music man. There was never, ever a time that he was not singing, even when he left Bermuda and went back to Barbados.

“His final place to sing was where he grew up.”

• Hugh Anthony Murray, a singer as well as dialysis nurse, was born on July 24, 1948. He died in 2023, aged 74

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Published May 30, 2023 at 7:58 am (Updated May 30, 2023 at 7:58 am)

Hugh Murray (1948-2023): a nurse with the gift of song

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