Obituary: Kevin Robert Murray

Kevin Robert Murray
Kevin Robert Murray

NAUGATUCK — Kevin Robert Murray, 62 of Naugatuck, died peacefully at the home of his loving sister in Gilbertville, Mass., with his daughter Melissa and sister Colleen by his side on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Kevin was born on Feb. 19, 1951. He spent his childhood and most of his adult life in his hometown of Naugatuck. In his later years, he resided in Oxford and Wolcott. He attended St. Francis School and Naugatuck High School in Naugatuck. In his youth, Kevin was a member of the Golden Gloves program, an Altar boy at St. Mary’s Church, and also was an avid Boy Scout. As an adult, Kevin enjoyed fishing, playing cards (especially cribbage), shooting billiards, and fixing anything that was broken. He also cherished the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren.

Kevin was a very talented carpenter, woodworker, and metalworker. He built and remodeled hundreds of homes and crafted many enduring pieces made of both of wood and metal. He honed and expressed his craft as head of buildings at Westover School in Middlebury from 1991 until 2004. Prior to that, he owned his own remodeling company, Oak Ridge Framing.

Kevin is survived by his son, Sean and his wife Carrie of Wolcott; daughters, Melissa of Naugatuck, Megan of Kennesaw, Ga. and her fiancé Jeremy; sisters Maureen Murray of Naugatuck and Colleen Congero of Gilbertville, Mass.; grandchildren, Kassandra Fruin of Naugatuck, Lyla, Reagan, and Colin Murray of Wolcott; mother of his children, Sharon Smith; many loving nieces and nephews; and his canine companion of many years, Joba Murray. Kevin is preceded in death by his parents Margery (Browne) and William Murray.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Saint Vincent Ferrer Church, 1006 New Haven Road, Naugatuck. Please meet directly at the church at 9:45 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Calling hours for all friends and family will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to VNA Care Network and Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608. The family of Kevin Murray wishes to thank the VNA Care Network and Hospice for their assistance and support.

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