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Official Obituary of

Walter E Murray

February 27, 2024

Walter Murray Obituary

Water E. Murray, a long-time resident of Pearl River, New York passed peacefully on February 27, 2024. He was 93 years old.

Born on January 13, 1931 as the first of seven children to the late Walter Murray and his wife Josephine (nee Leonard), Walter spent his formative years in the Bronx, surrounded by extended family. He attended Rice High School where he excelled at track and field, competing in the prestigious Penn Relays. After high school he attended Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. His college education was interrupted by a four-year enlistment in the US Navy, from 1951 to 1955, where he served as a petty officer on the air craft carrier USS Bennington. Following his honorable discharge in 1955 he completed his undergraduate degree at Iona in 1957.

He married Mary T. Duffy on June 11, 1955 at St. Raymond’s Church in the Bronx. Together they raised four children: Kathleen, Walter, Kieran and Thomas. They proudly bought their first home in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 1960 where they hosted boisterous annual family reunions each summer. They later lived in Cinnaminson, New Jersey before moving to Pearl River, New York in 1978.

Following graduation Walter worked as an accountant for Arthur Anderson and Air Reduction, Co. He worked many years for MacMillan Publishers in Manhattan and Pennsauken, New Jesey serving as Vice President of Operations. He specialized in operating book clubs managing orders, inventory, and fulfillment decades before anyone dreamed of Amazon. He subsequently worked for Jason Aronson Co. and American Fulfillment in similar capacities.

Walter was a skilled handyman and carpenter, first of necessity then as a hobby. He was an avid reader, especially dense non-fiction ranging on topics from history to science to finance. He read the Wall Street Journal daily, clipping articles he thought noteworthy and sending them to  recipients by mail. His greatest joy was hosting one of his grandchildren for lunch, conducting “interviews”, providing counsel and sharing tales of his youth and career. He will always be remembered as a force in our lives.

Walter was active in the community as a member of the Elks, where he served as Treasurer, the  Ancient Order of the Hibernians, and American Legion, serving as the Legion’s Commander (1988-1989). He and his wife Mary were accomplished Irish Set Dancers and were active in the Pearl River Ceili Group for decades. He was a dedicated eucharistic minister at St. Margaret’s Church and regularly brought eucharist to the homebound. Walter also played an active role at The Church of the Presentation Senior Group by planning and organizing group trips.

Walter is survived by his daughter Kathleen, and her husband Brian Curtis; son Walter and his wife Carole; son Thomas and his wife Julie; eight grandchildren: Caitlin, Quinn, Declan, Spencer, Ben, Matthew, Kyle and Liam; daughters-in-law Beth Murray and Beth Praven; and his brothers Richard Murray and John Murray. He was predeceased by his wife Mary and son Kieran; sisters Mary, Josephine and Audrey, and brother Robert.

Visiting is Sunday March 3rd from 2 to 5 PM at Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Inc., Pearl River, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Monday, March 4th at St. Margaret's R.C. Church, Pearl River, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 91891 Washington DC 20090 or

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March 3, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Inc.
100 Franklin Ave.
Pearl River, NY 10965

Mass of Christian Burial
March 4, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Margaret R. C. Church (Pearl River)


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