We’d all like to believe we are special, but it’s not often an individual leaves a lasting mark on a community in the way Murray Buchanan did.
The avid volunteer and former City councillor was a driving force in our community. Buchanan always seemed to have Airdrie foremost in his mind.
He was very involved with the Airdrie Minor Hockey Association, serving as president for five years, and was instrumental in securing funding for the building of the Ron Ebbesen Arena.
He was a founding member of the Airdrie Nose Creek Park Association and actively volunteered in the community as a coach for hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams for many years. He was well known in the community for his love of hockey and sport.
Buchanan served on council from 1986 until 2004 and again from 2010 to 2013. He passed away unexpectedly in 2015 at the age of 59.
When his family requested the Gold Ice at Ron Ebbesen be renamed in his honour, we (and council, who unanimously approved the name change) couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute for the longtime Airdrie resident.
Buchanan left Airdrie a much better place from when he joined our community in 1983. So when residents attend games at this newly minted rink, take a moment and be thankful for a man who helped make it possible.