Arnill was one of Huntington University’s original students more than 50 years ago. After completing his undergraduate studies at Huntington, he went on to remain involved in the university as an alumnus.
Serving as chancellor of Huntington University from 2005-2007, due to health concerns, Murray stepped down from that position, and remained as Huntington University’s first Chaplin until his death on April 14, 2014.
A true model of Huntington University’s mission of academic and community excellence, Arnill will be missed by many, said Huntington in a news release. More than 50 people travelled from all over Ontario to attend the memorial service, including two of Murray’s children — Rev. Mark Arnill and Tim Arnill.
Unfortunately, Murray’s daughters were unable to attend.
“Rev. Dr. Murray Arnill will always be remembered within the halls of Huntington for his humour, passion and complete reverence for the school and all it has to offer, said Kevin McCormick, president and vice-chancellor at Huntington University.
Concluding the service, McCormick and Dr. Edward J. Conroy, chancellor of Huntington, made a presentation to Murray’s sons announcing the Huntington University Chapel from this day forward will be named in memory of Rev. Dr. Murray Arnill.
“The Rev Dr. Murray Arnill was truly and inspirational person who, through his passion for others, transformed the lives of thousands of people,” said McCormick. “By naming the Huntington University Chapel after Murray, we honour a great man whose contributions will continue to profoundly impact the lives of others for generations to come.”