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“Dearest Teddy, I am so very sorry that I was out of town last weekend and was unable to be with you to help celebrate a life so well lived. ...Read More »
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“Dearest Teddy, Mal's memorial service today was beautiful, truly a celebration of his life and of your glorious life together. I have missed...Read More »
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“To the family of Mal Murray, May God comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time. Joyce H. Pearson (former employee of Harbor...Read More »
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Malcolm Thomas Murray, of Wilmington, NC, died Wednesday, November 18 at Cape Fear Memorial Hospital. He was 93. The son of the late Thomas Frederick Murray and Harriet McIntosh Murray, Mr. Murray was born on May 15, 1916, in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1939 from Boston University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. After college, he entered the US Navy, serving as a naval aviator in WWII. He married Florence (Teddy) Steadman Cox Murray of Mt. Olive, North Carolina, in 1942. After concluding an executive career with Scott Paper Co. and Brown Co. in New York City in 1969, he and Teddy relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina. Mal joined Joseph Reaves in forming Harbour Associates, a widely respected real estate firm in the Wilmington area. He and Mr. Reaves were responsible for the development of the Cotton Exchange, a commercial development which became a major factor in the eventual renewal of downtown Wilmington. He was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina for this and his many other contributions to the community and state. His involvement in the real estate profession included service as president of the Wilmington Board of Realtors and the Executive Club, and membership on the Boards of the North Carolina Association of Realtors, and the North Carolina Real Estate Educational Foundation. He also served on the Boards of the Salvation Army, the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way and Family Services. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington, the Cape Fear Club, the Cape Fear Country Club, the Carolina Yacht Club and was honored to serve as Commodore of the Blue Heron Yacht Club at Plantation Village. He served as an elder at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. He loved sailing, golf, and fly fishing. He was predeceased by two sisters, Harriet Murray Burke and Jean Murray Strout and a brother, David McIntosh Murray. He is survived by a brother, Robert Hicks Murray of Lakeland, Florida. His memory remains alive in the grateful hearts of Teddy Murray, his wife of 67 years; his three children and their spouses, Nancy and Ted Hiley of Tryon, North Carolina, Malcolm and Lynn Murray of Cornelius, North Carolina, and Frances and Larry Donnithorne of Denver, Colorado; and his nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 2pm Sunday November 22, 2009 at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church. Graveside services will be held 2pm Saturday November 21, 2009 at Maplewood Cemetery in Mt. Olive, N.C. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity Program at St. Andrews- Covenant Presbyterian Church 1416 Market St. Wilmington NC 28401.

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