Richard B. "Rich" Murray, 76, of Cumberland, departed this life Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Born March 21, 1941, in Cumberland, to the late J. Donald and MaryAnna Murray, Rich attended St. Patrick's School and was a graduate of LaSalle High School, class of 1959.
He graduated from Strayer College, became employed by Westvaco as a stores manager, and married his high school sweetheart, Fay. He transferred with Westvaco to Mechanicsville, N.Y., and attended Sienna College. After the Mechanicsville mill closed, he returned to Cumberland and attended Frostburg State College to complete his bachelors degree. He remained employed at the Luke Westvaco Mill until his retirement in 2002 with 40 years of service.
A dedicated family man, Rich made sure his wife, children, and grandchildren enjoyed a beach vacation every summer. North Myrtle Beach became the destination of choice for the past 20 years. He spent 15 years in the Bishop Walsh Athletic Association and was also a member of the school board there. Rich coached various youth sporting teams including football, girls softball, and track and wrote new publications for the Cumberland Sea Otters swim team. Rich was a lifelong member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church of the Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. He was a fix-it man and wanted nothing more than to be sure everyone was taken care of.
Rich was an athlete, playing baseball and football for LaSalle. It is believed that he still holds the record for the longest kick return of 99 yards for LaSalle at the now Greenway Avenue Stadium. He was also scouted to play baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He thoroughly enjoyed his golf outings and trips with his golf buddies and played rec league softball into his 50's. His children fondly remember his hitting advice, "elbow up, step and swing."
Richard's surviving family members include his loving wife of 54 years, "Emma" Fay Murray; children, Sharon Devine, Ijamsville, Chris Murray and wife Amy, Frederick, Julie Bohrer and husband, Travis, LaVale, Susan Young and husband, Steve, Westminster, and Mark Murray and wife, Kellie, Westminster; grandchildren, Billy, Matthew, and Chris Devine, Brad and Jacob Murray, Victoria and Cameron Bohrer, Taylor, Nathan, Shannon, and Jordan Young, and Alex and Adam Murray; brother, Donald Murray, Bel Air; sister, Lois Hoke and Phil, Annapolis; as well as beloved sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his faithful canine companion, Butterscotch II.
Friends and family will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Christian Wake and Rosary service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Wamba Caravan Order of the Alhambra will hold a Crescent Ceremony on Sunday at 8 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Shrine of SS. Peter and Paul on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Rich's grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rich's name may be sent to Pathfinders for Autism, 303 International Circle, Suite 110, Hunt Valley, MD 21030.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on August 4, 2017