John E. Murray of Monroe, N.Y., dies at age 85

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John E. Murray of Monroe, N.Y., passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 85.

Born in County Monaghan, Ireland, John was just 21 when he arrived in the United States. He worked in NYC first as a plumber, then a carpenter and truly was a master craftsman and “John of all Trades”.

John met and married the love of his life, Mary, and they were married for 44 years at the time of her death in 2000.

He has missed her so much since then but continued to work until the age of 80 when he no longer could.

John is survived by his sons Sean E. Murray (Carol) and Hugh J. Murray; and grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan, Matthew, Timothy, Caris, and Erin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, and son, Christopher. He will also be missed by Molly, the family's golden retriever, who he spoiled immensely and who accompanied him to the dining room for every meal.

During his lifetime, John served as a volunteer fireman and commissioner for the Chester Fire Department, the Chester Ambulance Corps, tax assessor for the town of Chester and a past lieutenant governor for Kiwanis. He owned his own construction company, established in 1964 and taught his son Sean the trade beginning at the age of 6. His legacy lives on with Sean and his grandson, Chris, who has now joined the trade with his Dad. John Murray Contracting has done numerous jobs in Orange County and enjoyed long-standing relationships with customers throughout the years.

John was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Monroe, where he served as an usher in years past.

The family thanks his home caregivers Esther, Valda, and Bridget for their care, love and support these last two years and the ICU doctors and nurses who cared for Dad in his last days.

Services were held Feb. 4 at Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Monroe. A Funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Monroe on Feb. 5. Burial followed at St. Columba Church Cemetery, Chester, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart RRoman Catholic Church, 26 Still Road, Monroe, NY 10950.

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