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John F Murray – Sponsor of GS Modena in the 1990’s


It’s always sad when you lose a friend – when it happens on Christmas Day it makes it all the more painful, so it’s with particular sadness we report the loss of John F Murray, sponsor for several years of Scottish cycling team, GS Modena / M & M Windows.

John F Murray and I set up M & M in 1988; hitherto GS Modena had been sponsored by CR Smith.

When I left Smith’s and teamed up with John to set up M & M Windows I had to explain that I came with ‘baggage’ – namely a cycling team.

John took a longer than usual draw on his fag, hit me one of his stinging ‘one liners’ and that was it, we were in business with John as our loyal and supportive sponsor.

John F Murray
Thoughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s GS Modena/M&M riders won a lot of championships and took the team awards seriously too.
John F Murray
VeloVeritas Editor Martin Williamson, like all the riders in the team, took great pride in representing M&M Windows and Conservatories; the company factory was the team’s HQ and service course. Photo©Danny McClure

A proud ‘Brummie’ but John F Murray loved Scotland, the building game, his motorbikes, his grub and Grouse whisky.

Latterly he lived in beautiful St. Fillans beside Loch Earn.

His health wasn’t the best towards the end but I’ll always remember his chuckle, big paw dwarfing my hand and his firm belief that were few problems in life which a large Grouse in the right bar couldn’t solve.

VeloVeritas extend it’s sympathies to his wife Daisy, daughter Virginia and all of his friends.

We’ll miss you, JFM.

Rest in Peace, sir.