John Francis Murray (1937 - 2018)

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John Francis Murray passed away in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Born April 7, 1937, in Newark, N.J., he was a son of the late John Francis Murray Sr. and Margaret Ferguson Murray. John attended grade schools in South Orange and Middlesex and graduated from Bound Brook High School, where he was a member of the track team.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era, John was awarded medals for good conduct and marksmanship.

John was a master carpenter with an expertise in finish carpentry. He learned his trade as a youth and remained self-employed for many years. After retiring, he worked for Home Depot in Wilkes-Barre for 10 years.

An avid sportsman and outdoorsman throughout his life, John's most memorable hunting trip as a youth was to Nova Scotia. Later in life, John became a snow skier and participated in many Keystone Olympics at Montage, earning medals in his age class. He loved skiing with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was very proud of and loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them.

John was a member of Lehman Golf Club, where he participated in tournaments. He was a member of the Archery Zone, where he competed in many events and won numerous tournaments, including as state championship with his team. Using his traditional bow, he became known as the Noble Archer by his teammates.

John was a member of the Church of Gate of Heaven in Dallas.

His younger brothers, Ronnie and Bobby, and his former wife, Vicki Pascoe Wickkiser, preceded him in death.

John will be greatly missed by his wife of 25 years, Angie Gagliardi Stets Murray; children, Colleen and her husband, Dominick Fresco II, New Jersey; Suzy and her husband, Mark Fueshko, Mehoopany; and John and his wife, Wendy Murray, Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Dominick Fresco III and Kristyn and Jamie Murray; great-grandson, Dominick Fresco IV; sister, Patricia Carfagno, New Jersey; brother, Joseph Murray, Texas; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

John's entire family is grateful for the professional, compassionate care he received from the doctors and nursing staff at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Dr. Alan Boonin, and the staffs at The Meadows, Gardens of Tunkhannock and Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Special thanks are extended to the Rev. Dan Toomey, Deacon Tom and Sunny, and the Rev. Rick Womer, pastor, for their spiritual guidance during John's illness.

Celebration of John's life will be held with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday in Church of Gate of Heaven, 40 Machel Ave., Dallas.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the Church of Gate of Heaven, or the charity of your preference.

Memories and condolences may be shared with John's family at www.celebratehislife.com.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 8, 2018
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