Robert Dermott Murray, Sr.
July 14, 1927 ~ November 29, 2022
MURRAY, Robert D. Sr. of Palm Beach and longtime resident of Fairfield, CT died November 29th. Born July 14, 1927 he was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Claire née Carmody, his Ireland-born parents William F. and Agnes J. (McDermott) Murray; brother Rev. Msgr. William F. Murray; sisters M. Alice Crowley, Virginia A. Gallogly, and Frances E. Murray, and grandson Gordon Murray. He is survived by sons Robert D. Murray, Jr of Del Mar, CA, William F. Murray of Palm Beach, FL and Joseph A. (Pauline) Murray of Nova Scotia; daughters Cheryl E. (Michael) Burke of Jupiter, FL and Lisa C. (Gregory) Wilson of East Hampton, NY and Palm Beach.; grandchildren: Christine, Christopher, Colin, Kerry, Ian, James, Allison, Meghan, Caroline and Alexandra; Great grandchildren; Eloise, Marie, Emmett, Jack and Rhiannon. After graduation from LaSalle Academy he enlisted in the US Navy at the end of WWII before graduating from Providence College. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame football and Providence Friars basketball until the very end. A gifted salesman, he represented high end European tabletop manufacturers for decades. Those included Aynsley China of England, a favorite of the former Queen, and Orrefors Crystal of Sweden, culminating as national sales manager for the latter. Post retirement he enjoyed substitute teaching throughout the Fairfield and Westport, CT school systems. Upon moving to FL he continued his love of teaching as a substitute at Palm Beach Day Academy for many years. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime lector at St. Edward Church in Palm Beach. A funeral mass will be held at St. Edward Church on March 17th, 2023 at 10:30 AM – indeed an appropriate date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), 228 Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201
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