Shepparton paramedic and firefighter Murray Black received a guard of honour yesterday as he was farewelled by loved ones and colleagues at Wesley Uniting Church.ASHLEIGH WILLIAMSON October 11, 2012 4:40am
Murray Black found a positive from any situation — professionally or recreationally.
Greg Fimmel made that point at the funeral of his Country Fire Authority colleague and friend yesterday.
Mr Fimmel said Mr Black was an adventurous man who enjoyed remote four-wheel drive trips.
‘‘He would always tell people ‘you are not bogged if you can move backwards’,’’ Mr Fimmel said.
Mr Black rarely moved backwards in life, even when diagnosed with a neurological disease in January.
He died on Saturday, aged 55.
The same neurological disease killed his son Nathan, 24, in May last year.
Family and friends were among the hundreds of people who filled Wesley Uniting Church in Shepparton yesterday to farewell Mr Black.
Emergency services personnel formed a guard of honour along Maude St as a hearse drove his casket from the church.
An Ambulance Victoria helicopter also flew over the guard of honour.
Ambulance Victoria colleagues Tony Walker and Garry Cook joined Mr Fimmel in giving eulogies.
‘‘I loved his passion, tenacity and honesty,’’ Mr Walker said.
‘‘He was always there to support his team, never with any fuss.’’
Murray Elliott Black was born in August 1957 as the youngest of four children Beth and Elliott raised at a Zeerust farm.
He attended Zeerust Primary School before his family moved to Shepparton in 1968, where he attended Bourchier St Primary School.
Mr Black went to Albury Grammar School for a year before returning to Shepparton and attending North Technical College.
His first job was as a Parklake Hotel drinks waiter and he originally thought of a career in business management.
However, he joined Ambulance Victoria and became a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance paramedic in 1995.
Mr Black became a training paramedic in 1996 and helped develop several programs in his role as Hume regional clinical manager.
‘‘His work ethics were unquestionable,’’ Mr Cook said.
Mr Black met his eventual wife Debbie doing ‘‘lappies’’ around Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton. They married on Debbie’s 21st birthday at Wesley Uniting Church in 1980 and raised three children — Rachelle, 28, and twins Damien, 26, and Nathan.
Damien and Nathan were 12 when they joined their father as Mooroopna Fire Brigade members.
Mr Black used his disease diagnosis to achieve several things on his ‘‘bucket list’’, including travelling with family and friends on the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney, and across Asia and Europe.
‘‘Murray had a clear priority for his family and he was tireless in his effort to support, protect and develop his young ones,’’ Mr Fimmel said.
Murray Black is survived by his wife Debbie, two of his three children and three grandchildren.
The family said donations to Neo-Science Research would be appreciated.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca faces a big test against Tatura at Victoria Park today.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.