OGDENSBURG -- A Mass of Christian Burial for Donald F. Murray, age 92, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at St. Mary’s Cathedral with his son, Rev. Steven M. Murray officiating. Burial will follow at the Notre Dame Cemetery with military honors.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Mr. Murray passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the St. Joseph’s Home with his family by his side.
Surviving are three sons, Rev. Steven Murray of Malone, Frank Murray & his beloved Gretchen McHugh of Ogdensburg, David Murray & his wife Patti of Ogdensburg; a daughter, Ann Johnson & her husband CJ also of Ogdensburg; grandchildren, Stacy Johnson & her fiancee’ Chad Stemmler of Rochester, Timothy Amo & his wife Kasie of Tupper Lake, Kaylan Murray of Rutland, VT, Brenden & Brogan Murray also of Rutland, VT, Morgan Murray of Geneva and Kelli Barr of Ogdensburg; great-grandchildren, Indigo Collier, Damon & Onnalise Shannon, Fenway and Braylin Amo; a sister, Sr. Eileen Murray GNSH of PA; a brother, John Murray & his wife Helen of Massena; a sister-in-law, Mary Murray of Ogdensburg; a special nephew, David Young & his wife Sally of Dillsburg, PA ;along with many nieces, nephews & cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor in 2015; a son, Thomas in 2014; a sister, Margaret Austin; four brothers, Paul, Thomas, Robert & James Murray, and a daughter-in-law, Sue Ellen (Hennigan) Murray.
Donald was born on December 8, 1926 in Ogdensburg, NY, a son of the late Frank & Eva (Shattuck) Murray. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and enlisted in the US Navy from 1944-1945. He married Eleanor Y. LaRock on September 21, 1948 at Notre Dame Church with Msgr. A.D. Charbonneau officiating.
Donald worked for 38 years at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center as their principal engineer and also operated a scrap metal business.
In his younger years, he was a pitcher for the local semi-pro baseball team with his siblings and enjoyed organizing pickup softball teams for area youth on Pleasant Lake in the summer. His passions were gardening, the Rutland Railroad and its history, telling jokes, socializing with friends at local establishments, spending time at his camp on Pleasant Lake, traveling and being with his family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Notre Dame Heritage Fund, 125 Ford Avenue, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.