Obituary, Allan Francis Murray

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Allan (Alan) Francis Murray, 91, of Manchester, loving husband to Jane N. (Erbe) Murray, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. He was born September 19, 1926 in Canton, NY, to the late Allan and Frances (Mott) Murray.

He attended schools in Rensselaer Falls and Waddington, NY. He dropped out of high school to serve our country with the US Navy from 1945 to 1946. He earned his GED and was a member of the Gouverneur (NY) High School graduating class of 1945. After his discharge from the service, Alan was employed by the New York State Department of Mental Health at their facility in Wingdale, NY. During his 42 years of employment, he was able to take college courses at CW Post Center that led to his MS degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. He wasn’t all work and no play. Alan enjoyed trout fishing, softball, baseball, bowling and especially golf. He was a New York Yankees fan and a devoted supporter of UConn Women’s basketball. He traveled extensively across the United States and in Great Britain, Spain, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Mexico.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 1949 in NY as well as the Murray Clan Society, and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Hartford. Alan also enjoyed his role as uncle to Linda Harvey and Candace Riker; father to Melinda Boyar (deceased) of Ithaca, NY, Jane Cadett of Manchester, CT and William Wilson of Douglassville, PA; grandfather to Van Wilson, Nick Boyar, Nicole Wilson, Rachel Devereaux, Kendra Wilson and William Devereaux, and great-grandfather to Richard Kuter, Cole Boyar, Emme Jane Wilson Ramirez and Ava Wilson.

In addition to his wife Jane, he is survived by his brother William Murray of Waddington, NY. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Margaret Dora and his second wife, Nancy Nicholas. Calling hours will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at 400 Main St., Manchester. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capital Ave., Hartford, everyone is kindly asked to go directly to the church. Burial will follow in Hillstown Road Veterans Cemetery, Manchester. Memorial contributions may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. 

Author: Harlem Valley News