NAUGATUCK — Bob Murray, 71, of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at Waterbury Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Patterson, N.J., on Dec. 7, 1943, he was the oldest son of the late Alexander and Mary Murray. He graduated with the Class of 1961 from Paramus High School. After a brief time in the Navy, he worked for 44 years for Pathmark supermarkets, starting in New Jersey and then transferring to Connecticut, retiring in 2005. He was married on Sept. 9, 1967 to Joyce (LaMarta) Murray. Together they have enjoyed spending time with family (especially the grandchildren), collecting Dept. 56 houses and figures, adopting greyhounds, reading and travelling to places like Canada, Martha Vineyards, the New Jersey Shore and Disney World. Bob was known for being able to entertain family and friends with stories.
Besides his wife of 46 years he is survived by his children, Dawn Johnston and her husband, Greg, of Bethel, Brian Murray and his wife, Colleen, of Wallingford; his grandchildren, Cameron and Kyle Johnston, Shannon, Erin, and Autumn Murray; siblings, brother, David Murray and his wife, Denise, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., and sister, Jan Bloomer and husband, Paul, of Vernon, N.J.; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Allan Murray of New Jersey.
Thank you to doctors, nurses and staff at the Leever Center and Waterbury Hospital and the Vitas Hospice Care.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12 at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at the funeral home. A memorial graveside service will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Suite B, Waterbury, CT 06708-6263
To send online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.