Charles B. Murray
Charles B. Murray
  • December 1, 1923 - January 13, 2017
  • Manchester, New Hampshire

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Charles B. Murray Sr., 93, of Manchester, died January 13, 2017 at the Elliot Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Manchester on December 1, 1923 the son of George E. and Elizabeth M. (Richards) Murray Sr. and was a lifelong resident of the Queen City. He was educated in the local school system and was a graduate of Manchester High School Central Class of 1941.

He was a proud veteran of the US Navy during World War II serving in Europe, Africa and the South Pacific receiving numerous commendations including the Good Conduct and American Theatre Medals, the Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Star, the European, African and Middle Eastern Medal with 2 Stars, the Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 1 Star and the Combat Action Ribbon. Following his discharge, he was employed with the New England Telephone & Telegraph Co. as an equipment installation manager for more than 39 years. In 1947, "Chuck" met and married Esther See and together they shared 27 years of life and love until her passing in 1974. In 1991 he was married to Catherine French (Thornton) and they have been enjoying life together until his passing. He was a member of American Legion Sweeney Post #2 & the Pioneers of New England Telephone. As a former navy seaman, he loved the water and spending time at the beach. He will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, stepfather and friend.

He was predeceased by his first wife Esther Murray, his son Michael Murray in 2005 and his brothers Richard Murray, George Murray Jr., Thomas Murray and William Murray.

Members of his family include his wife Catherine Murray of Manchester, his daughters Maureen Moynihan of Bedford and Patricia Murray-Clark of ME, his daughter-in-law Jane Murray of Manchester, his sons Charles Murray Jr. and his wife Laure of NY and Martin Murray of New Hampshire, his grandchildren Jonathan, Keith, Derek, Lynn, Kristen, Shawn and Casey, 6 great-grandchildren, his stepchildren Michael French and Virginia Martin both of Goffstown, Robert French of New York, JoAnn Hamel and Trish Sweezey both of New Boston, Dottie Bertwell and Elizabeth French both of Manchester, Mary Ann French of Hooksett and Catherine Woodward of Center Conway as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday January 18 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church 575 Candia Rd. Manchester. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Charles' name be made to the Veterans Administration Medical Center 718 Smyth Rd. Manchester, NH 03104. The family has entrusted the McHugh Funeral Home with his care.