When Murray Walker came to Caressant Care Marmora Nursing Home two years ago he couldn’t walk six feet. Murray had suffered a brain injury from a fall down the stairs at his home. The injury impacted his mobility including a broken shoulder.
But today, thanks to the work of the staff at the home including physiotherapy and nursing staff, he can now walk 150 feet from the physiotherapy room to his own room.
But hard knocks have always been part of Murray’s life. He was born in Bancroft, Ontario and moved to Marmora in 1944 where he and his father ran a garage business. When his father passed away in 1956, Murray took over the family business.
In 1969 he faced death when he became pinned under a truck. But even that incident didn’t slow him down or force him to leave the world of auto mechanics. That came later in 1979 when he retired from that life and began a new one in the gristmill business.
Married for 65 years, Murray and his wife raised five children and taught them the value of working.
“Having your own business to run was a great learning experience for my kids,” he says. The Walkers now have 18 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren to help carry on Murray’s legacy.
He spends his days building up strength, watching sports on TV and listening to country and gospel music.
“It is very satisfying living here. I am improving everyday and they treat me very well here.”