William “Bill” Murray, Jr, 89, formerly of Gentian Avenue, died Wednesday morning, July 25, 2012 at Hebert Health Center, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Hope W. “Hopie” (Hynes) Murray.
Born in Providence, a son of the late William and Elizabeth (Seddon) Murray, Sr., he was a lifelong Providence resident.
Bill was a mechanical foreman for ConRail, Penn Central and New York & New Haven Railroad Companies for forty-two years, retiring in 1982.
He served his country proudly in the United States Army during World War II in Italy, France and Germany. He was captured by the German Army, and was held as a Prisoner of War for nearly four months before his release.
An avid sports fan most of his life, Bill was the Saint Augustine Parish C.Y.O. sports coordinator for many years, and in 1971 he was honored with the C.Y.O. Man of the Year Award. He was a longtime communicant of Saint Augustine Church
Bill was a coach, C.Y.O. director, and sports fan, but was also a mentor to hundreds of young athletes in the Elmhurst and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods for many years, many of whom he enjoyed friendships with throughout their adult lives.
He leaves his daughter, Michaella “Mickey” Kelly and her husband Mike; his son, William H. “Butch” Murray; six loving grandchildren, Billy, Beth, Mike, Erin, Courtney and Sean; six loving great-grandchildren, Jena, Leah, Brady, Kyla, Samantha and Thea; a brother, John Murray; and two sisters, Alice Charello and Elizabeth Zambarano. He was a brother of the late David, James, Alexander, and Peter Murray, Mary Thacker and Agnes Wells.
The funeral will be held Monday, at 8:45 am, from the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, Providence. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Saint Augustine Church, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence. Burial, with military honors, will be in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visiting hours Sunday, 3 – 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Disabled American Veterans Association, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908 in his memory will be appreciated.