With a heavy heart, I share the report that my delightful friend and colleague Nigel Murray (left) died last night from the brain cancer that has plagued him for two years. Nigel was a soldier, a gentleman and a rascal in the best sense of each. To lift a glass with Nigel at events here and abroad to discuss the state of e-disclosure was always a pleasure.
Nigel first learned he was ill after my birthday party in Washington DC during ILTACON 2016. He blacked out driving and the doctors discovered a brain tumor. From that day forward, Nigel’s scope was constrained by his illness, but he never let it define him. His absence from the big conferences where so many enjoyed his company diminished those events for all who looked forward to the tradition of Drinks with Nigel.
Nigel knew what the cancer was up to; but, he was the picture of courage, dignity and grace in the side he showed the world. Nigel epitomized the Briton’s famously stiff upper lip as he soldiered on. When I travelled to London in December expressly to see Nigel, I worried that the witty warrior I knew might be diminished; but, he was himself, only slightly subdued with a touch more introspection.
There is much more I could say about Nigel’s trailblazing in the e-disclosure industry as head of Trilantic or his dedicated efforts in support of Help for Heroes; but, this is just a short, sad notice to Nigel’s many, many friends who are readers here. We loved him, and really, isn’t that the eulogy that serves him best? Sympathies to his family and other friends.
I’m advised that Nigel’s family have asked that donations be made to Trinity Hospice in his memory. If you would like to donate or know anyone who would, the details to do so follow:
Website – http://www.royaltrinityhospice.london/donate
· Telephone – 020 7787 1084
· Bank transfer:
o Account Name: Trinity Hospice
o Bank: C Hoare & Co
o Sort Code: 15-99-00
o Account Number: 73600020
o Reference: NMURRAY279554
· International Transfers
o IBAN: GB77 HOAB 1599 0073 6000 20
o SWIFT/BIC: HOABGB2L
o Reference: NMURRAY279554
· Cheque / in person – Royal Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 0RN. Please quote Reference: NMURRAY279554
Juan R. Peralta said:
Sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace.
Doug Austin said:
So sorry to hear that. I had only spoken to Nigel a couple of times (interviewed him once for our blog when he was with Huron), but found him delightful and very engaging. My condolences to his family and to all in the profession who had the good fortune to work with him or get to know him personally or professionally.
Tracy D Drynan said:
Thank you for sharing your beautiful words about a true light in the world.
GMO Marketing said:
Beautifully written, Craig. I will (and have) missed Nigel since he took ill. Was just asking Chris Dale about him yesterday. So sad. Sleep well, my friend, Nigel. RIP
Peter Pepiton said:
RIP Nigel. Tonight’s glass shall be raised in his honour!
Cathy Kenton said:
Nigel was a true gentleman. I always enjoyed my interactions with him. He is missed.
Robert D Brownstone said:
He was indeed a great man and will be missed
Dawn Radcliffe said:
Wonderful man He will be missed by many!
Mary Mack said:
Such a personality, friend and contributor to our global eDisclosure/eDiscovery community. Thank you, Craig, for letting us know. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Marnie Carter said:
Beautiful tribute Mary….Nigel will be missed by our community.
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Nancy Smith said:
This breaks my heart, Nigel was such a beautiful soul. We always met up for a drink and a catch-up at LegalTech, but I hadn’t seen him since 2016. His work for Help for Heroes was TRULY heroic–he worked hard to get in shape to bike 375 miles year after year in support of their efforts! I had the great fortune of meeting his family and he always spoke of Sophie and how proud he was of her accomplishments as she blossomed into a fine young lady.
Rest in Peace dear Nigel. My deepest condolences to your family. You will live on in our hearts forever, you were truly one of a kind.