Larry Murray is an ordinary member of The Royal Canadian Legion who was born in Stratford, Ontario and has lived in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario. He and his wife, Claudia Buckley recently moved back to Ottawa after many happy years in Bayswater, Nova Scotia.
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Larry is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Forum and a past-president of the Nova Scotia Mainland Division of the Navy League of Canada. He was the first Chair of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Committee and honorary Colonel Commandant of the Chaplain Branch of the CAF for five years.
Larry is a Member of the Legion Dominion Branch No. 1313. He has served in several key Legion posts including: chair of the veterans’ consultation group, facilitator of focus on the future and an ex-0fficio member of the veterans’ service and seniors and defence and security committees. He continues as chairman of veterans’ consultation and ex-officio veterans, service and seniors committee. He has also been the Grand President since June, 2010.
Larry retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1997 as Acting Chief of the Defence Staff after 33 years with the Royal Canadian Navy. He joined Fisheries and Oceans that year as Associate Deputy Minister. In 1999 Murray moved to Veterans Affairs Canada as Deputy Minister followed by Fisheries and Oceans as Deputy Minister in 2003. He retired from the Public Service in August, 2007. Since then he has served in a variety of part time roles including seven years as an external Member of the National Defence Audit Committee and eight years as external Chair of the Privy Council Audit Committee. He is currently Chair of the Independent Review Panel on Defence Acquisition.
Murray graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1968, was trained as an Advanced Navigation and Combat Control specialist in the Navy and completed Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in 1979 – 80.
Larry and his wife, Claudia Buckley, have six children and enjoy sports, gardening and volunteering as well as spending time with their children and five grandchildren. Murray’s list of honours and awards includes Member of the Order of Canada, Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Member of the Order of St-John of Jerusalem, NATO Special Services Medal, Vimy Award from the Conference of Canadian Defence Associations, Chief of Defence Staff Commendation, Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.