Joseph Frank Murray Sr., 90, died peacefully on the morning of July 13, 2011 with his family at his side.
Born September 7, 1920, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Joseph was a resident of Leonia, New Jersey for 10 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post #1 in Leonia. In 1941, he volunteered to join the Army, and he served his country with pride as an Artillery Mechanic in Hawaii during WWII. Later, while stationed in Portland, Maine, he met his future wife, Ellen, who was a nurse in the WAAC.
Prior to retiring in 1970, Joseph was a self-employed building contractor who designed and built many lovely homes in Wading River, New York. There he also served as a lieutenant in the volunteer fire department and was a member of the rescue team. In his second career, he was involved in the development of the Montour Environmental Preserve in eastern Pennsylvania.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 66 years, Ellen E. (McCarthy) Murray; his son, Joseph Frank Murray Jr. of Tucson; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Kenneth Tucker of Leonia, and grandsons, David Tucker of San Francisco and Matthew Tucker of Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.