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Robert Reynolds Murray

Robert Reynolds Murray

Male 1932 - 2009  (76 years)

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  • Name Robert Reynolds Murray 
    Born 12 Sep 1932  Richland Township, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Aug 2009 
    Age 76 years 
    Person ID I29986  stewartsny.com
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 

    Father Ancestors Clarence George Murray,   b. 24 Oct 1894, New york Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1965  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Mary Ruth Reynolds,   b. 13 Jul 1896, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1997  (Age 100 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 29 May 1918  Fernwood, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 15 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F25418  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Robert R. Murray - September 12, 1932 - August 13, 2009. Son of Clarence G. and Mary Ruth Reynolds Murray. Husband of Mildred Robinson Murray. Married July 11, 1953.

      Newspaper Obituary - Friday, August 21, 2009 Salmon River News - Pulaski, New York - Robert R. "Bob" Murray, 76, of Mexico, New York, and The Villages, Florida, passed away after a long struggle with complications from hereditary hemo-chromatosis on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at his summer home on the river at Mexico Point, with his family holding his hand as he had wished. Bob recently had been under the watchful and helpful eye of hospice nurse, Leslie, and for five days, with his aide, Ashley, and his family. Bob was born in Fernwood, New York, on September 12, 1932, the son of Clarence and Mary Ruth Reynolds Murray. He was predeceased by his parents, and brothers Paul, Lewis, Grant. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mildred Robinson Murray; daughters, Cynthia Hanley (Alan) of Mexico, Michelle Miller (Frank) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Rebecca Riley of Fernwood; grandchildren, Jennifer Spaulding, Jeromy Jessmore, Robert Kaigan Miller, Hilary Miller, Lofton Miller and Monique Riley; great-grandchildren, Nathan Jordal and Katelynn Spaulding. Bob is also survived by his sister, Charlotte Row of Pulaski; brothers, George Irving Murray (Dorothy) of Baldwinsville and Clinton Murray of Moorpark, California; sister-in-law, Lillian Murray of Fernwood; his mother-in-law, Ethel Robinson of Seneca Manor; and many nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from Pulaski Academy, where he excelled in sports and sang in musicals. He later went on to work out with the Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball team. At that time, he was drafted, decided he wanted to go into the Navy, and left in three days for the Korean War. While in the Navy, he coached and pitched baseball and also served his country aboard the USS Valor 472 as a wooden minesweeper. Bob's commanding presence, eloquence and vision contributed to his success as an outstanding business and community leader. He was the founder of R. Murray and R. Riley Insurance Agency. He was proud to always be representing the people as Oswego Co. legislator for 16 years. Bob strongly believed in the work ethic, honesty, integrity, compassion and giving to those less fortunate. Words he cherished were spoken at his retirement after 16 years as Republican Legislator when Herbert VanShack, then chaiinian, said, "Bob was the conscience of the Legislature!" Bob helped form the Mexico Little League and coached both a Little League and Babe Ruth team at the same time, which went on to win the county championship. He was the organizer of Mexico Lions Club. He recruited 29 charter members. He was charter president and in 1972 was district governor. His project was to put the first argon laser machine in Upstate Medical. He received many Lions awards. He was then chairman of the Central New York Eye Bank. Bob was a member of Mexico Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Shrine, Watertown, New York. He was instrumental in getting children into the Shrine Hospital in Canada. He was a member of the American Legion and a very active member of First United Methodist Church in Mexico, where he faithfully served in many positions. Singing was a passion, and he was a member of the church choir for over 50 years. When he was in Fort Myers prior to moving to The Villages, he sang with the Southwest Florida Symphony and was selected for the special chorus. He also sang and acted in the Cross Creek Players and helped to organize the chorus at the Legends. When he moved to The Villages in 2005, he sang with the symphony and at New Covenant Methodist Church until his illness. For several years, he also sang in the summer in the North Country Men's Chorus in Lowville, New York. The past few years, Bob and Millie enjoyed traveling and when on cruise ships, Bob sang in the shows. Bob enjoyed playing golf with his partner of many years, Doug Irwin, and at many benefits with Don Penoyer, who called him Dad. Bob won several championships. Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 21, at Harter Funeral Home on Washington Street, Mexico, New York, with Pastor Bill Palmer officiating. Burial will be 9 a.m. Saturday, August 22, at South Richland Cemetery on the corner of Manwaring Road. A celebration of Bob's life will follow on Saturday, August 22, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church on Church Street, Mexico, New York. His family will receive friends at a reception in the church social hall following the service. As Bob believed in giving, if you so choose, you may contribute to First United Methodist Church's project to make the church handicapped accessible. Checks may be mailed to ASAP, P.O. Box 255, Mexico, New York 13114 or to the Lions Club Scholarship Fund that was established in Bob's name. Mail to Mexico Lions Club, P.O. Box 713, Mexico, New York 13114.
      Class of 1950 PACS