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MacHale, Eleanor - Stamford  
MacHale, Eleanor Eleanor (Gregory) MacHale passed away peacefully at her home in Stamford, CT on August 22, 2015, the day after her 94th birthday. Eleanor was born in Greenwich, CT, the youngest of Agnes and Eugene Gregory's four children. Eugene was a foreman at the Abendroth Foundry in Port Chester, NY. When the foundry closed, Eugene moved his family to Dunmore, PA where most of his and Agnes's family lived. Eleanor graduated from Dunmore High School and went on to work at The Inn at Buck Hill Falls in the Poconos; then at the Samter Brothers department store in Scranton, PA. Eleanor met her future husband, Donald MacHale at Samter Brothers. They married in 1946. Eleanor and Donald moved to Philadelphia, PA; Stamford, CT; and then to Greenwich, CT. They had three children: Kathleen, Patricia and Donald. Eleanor was a homemaker who was very active in her children's schools. She served both on the board and then as president of the Home School Association of St. Paul's school in Glenville, CT. Two notable positions Eleanor held in business were: the area secretary coordinator at The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) in Greenwich; and at United Hospital in Port Chester, NY: first as a secretary of food services, and then as the office coordinator in the physical therapy department. Eleanor worked at United Hospital for over 30 years and retired at the age of 74. In retirement, Eleanor moved to Stamford, CT. Besides her family, her two passions were reading, and the New York Yankees. She attended many games at Yankee Stadium, including the playoffs and World Series. She celebrated her 90th birthday at the stadium with her children. Eleanor will always be remembered for her strength and independence. She took great pride in being able to live on her own well into her 90's. She was always available for those who needed her, caring for both her parents as well as raising a family. She reveled in the accomplishments of her children and was delighted to see the next generations of her family grow. Surviving her are her children: Kathleen Derby of Tampa, FL; Patricia Hantin of Norwalk, CT; and Donald MacHale and his wife Evangeline, of Manhattan Beach, CA. Eleanor is also survived by three grandchildren : Taylor Hantin, Christopher Derby and Keaton MacHale; and four great-granddaughters: Devin, Riley, Eryn and Darcy Hantin. Eleanor was pre-deceased by two brothers: Victor Gregory, and Eugene Gregory Jr., and one sister: Carmella Gregory Jouret. She will be greatly missed. The date of a memorial service is to be determined. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Eleanor MacHale. Arrangements under the direction of Shippan's Thomas M Gallagher Funeral Home, Stamford (203)359-9999. To send expressions of love and sympathy to the family, please visit www.gallagherfuneralhome.com
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Published in GreenwichTime on Aug. 27, 2015

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Murdock, Brian - Greenwich  
Murdock, Brian S. Brian Shane Murdock, former longtime resident of Greenwich, CT, passed away on August 18, 2015 in Yale New Haven Hospital as a result of a stroke. Mr. Murdock was 88 years old, born in Meriden, CT, on February 6th, 1927. He was the son of the late Dr. Thomas Murdock and Alice Keating, and the brother of the late Thomas Keating Murdock. He was married for fifty-nine years to the love of his life, Sheila Walsh Murdock, originally from Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Meriden High School in 1944, and later received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949 at Yale University, majoring in English, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1952 he obtained an LLD degree from Harvard Law School. He also served his country at the end of World War II and was stationed at an army base in Georgia. He began his professional career at the law firm of Whitman, Ransom and Coulson, in New York City and later joined the Remington Division of the Sperry Rand Corporation. He went on to become worldwide counsel for Duracell Corporation. He worked in private practice in White Plains, NY and Greenwich, CT for the remainder of his career. Known and admired for his exceptional intelligence and deep kindness, Mr. Murdock had a sense of justice that was both innate and honed by his legal training. His character represented wisdom that was admired by all who knew and loved him. He was a patient and loving father who also knew how to laugh. Mr. Murdock participated actively in his community, acting as member of the Founders Council of St. Michael's Church on North Street, as well as a trustee of Greenwich Academy. He was also on the board of Sunny Hill Children's Center in Greenwich. In addition to his wife, he is survived and will be greatly missed by 8 children, Sheila Phelan, Sarah, Betsy Kirk (Ken), Ian (Cha), Patrick (Sonia), Bruce (Anne), Brian, and Rosemary Cox (Leslie), and his 8 grandchildren, Kevin Phelan, Kate Kirk, Danny Kirk, Ana Murdock, Clara Murdock, Ali Murdock, Amanda Grace Cox, and Leslie Patrick Cox. His funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in Brian's memory may be made to the Neuro ICU of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. CT.
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Published in GreenwichTime on Aug. 23, 2015
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