Monday, February 22, 2010

RIP Murray McDonough

Sad news from Tim Butts, president of the St. Petersburg Bicycle Club . . .

SPBC Members:

Murray McDonough passed away last Friday. He had been severely injured in a mountain biking accident the previous Sunday in Lakeland .

Murray lived in Tampa and rode over to the SPBC rides Saturday mornings with the South Tampa Posse group. He would usually do the 24 South Ride and, a gifted athlete; he would often take lengthy pulls at high speed. Murray was noted for his unfailing good nature and kindness. All who knew him and rode with him will miss him. I’ve attached a photo of Murray and a group shot with him. He is on the right side of the photo wearing the “Fox” (brand) jersey. His family has set up a memorial page at “carepages.com”.

There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Murray at his house in Tampa (Hyde Park) 604 S. Oregon Avenue, on Tuesday (February 23) afternoon from 4 pm to 7 pm. Parking is limited in the immediate area of his house, but there are two parking garages for the Old Hyde Park Village less than two blocks away, as noted on the attached map. There will be “potluck” food at the Celebration. Please let me know today (by 4 pm) if you wish to bring an item.

I considered Murray a friend. I regret that I did not know him better.

Ride on Murray, Ride on.

TIM
Tim Butts
President SPBC

3 comments:

ToddBS said...

So shocked to hear this. I don't know him, but I am from Lakeland and had not heard of this. Was it at Carter Road/Loyce Harpe park?

Ellen said...

RIP Murray. Please watch over the rest of us while we cycle.

Steve S said...

He apparently crashed on or near sneaky snake trail @ carter..2 hikers found him...what a shame...there is a memorial ride in his honor and fundraiser on 2/28 in Lakeland..google RidgeRunners MTB club website to find out details...