Harry Murray Obituary
 
In Memory of

Harry E. Murray

January 1, 1926 - August 28, 2012
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Harry Edward Murray January 1st, 1926 – August 27th, 2012 Harry was born the third child of five to George and Ruby Murray in San Jose, California. He passed away at his home in East Mesa at the age of 86 and is survived by his 5 children George, Trudy, Lori, Sheila, and Bill, his former spouse & friend, Jackie, his brother Rixford Murray, his sister Florence Newton, as well as 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many dear friends. Harry was known by all as a most kind, giving, and decent man. His neighbors, caregivers, pharmacists, bankers, grocers, tax preparer… everyone… especially his family... all have stories of how...
Harry Edward Murray

January 1st, 1926 – August 27th, 2012

Harry was born the third child of five to George and Ruby Murray in San Jose, California. He passed away at his home in East Mesa at the age of 86 and is survived by his 5 children George, Trudy, Lori, Sheila, and Bill, his former spouse & friend, Jackie, his brother Rixford Murray, his sister Florence Newton, as well as 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many dear friends.

Harry was known by all as a most kind, giving, and decent man. His neighbors, caregivers, pharmacists, bankers, grocers, tax preparer… everyone… especially his family... all have stories of how Harry would brighten their day with his genuine interest in their lives and his generosity. He is truly missed by all who knew him.

It was in San Jose where Harry grew to adulthood in humble surroundings with a family that was rich only with love. In his youth he was an avid surfer and, with his friends, was a founder of the Santa Cruz Surf Club. Pictures of Harry and his friends adorn the surf museum in that city today. WWII intervened in his life and at 17 he joined the Navy where he was stationed in the South Pacific for the duration of the war. After the war he met his wife, Jackie, at a rollerskating rink in his hometown. Harry shortly rejoined the military as an airman in the Air Force. Harry was a dedicated husband and father; sometimes working 2 part time jobs in addition to his career in the Air Force to ensure a prosperous family. His career took him to California, New Hampshire, Illinois, and Texas, then finally Arizona where he retired from duty and made his home. Harry soon decided he wasn't ready for retirement and joined the local utility company, SRP. He worked another 10 years and there found friends who shared his love of hunting, fishing, golf, and gold mining. One can find an article on gold mining in Arizona Highways Magazine that describes him panning for gold. Harry spent his retirement enjoying his family, friends, and life; living it with generosity and love for all to his very last day.

He loved to play cards and his whole family are cribbage enthusiasts. His favorite song was Amazing Grace for its beauty and hope. He never wanted to be a burden on his family and, even in death wished all to be released from pain and sorrow. He saved this poem for years so that it would bring comfort his survivors:

MISS ME, BUT LET ME GO

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me

I want to rites in a gloom filled room

Why cry for a soul that's free?

Miss me a little----

BUT NOT TOO LONG

And not with your head bowed low

Remember the love that we once shared

MISS ME ---- BUT LET ME GO

For this is a journey that we all must take

And each must go alone

It's all a part of the Master's plan

A step on the road to home

When you are lonely and sick of heart

Go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds

MISS ME ---- BUT LET ME GO


A private celebration of his life will be held in the near future.

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"Oh Dad, I think of you everyday, and each day there is always hurt in it at some point, I miss you so and I wish I had been there with you. You were such a..." Trudy Besoiu (Tempe, AZ)

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