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William T. Murray

Murray, William T. TROY William T. "Bud" Murray passed onto to his Eternal Home after a brief illness on Friday, May 2, 2014. Bud was born in Troy on November 11, 1922. He was the son of the late William and Anna Curry Murray. He was educated in Troy and at a young age joined the CC Camp and worked as a cook. He entered the U.S. Army on February 5, 1943. He served in France and fought in the battles and campaigns of Rhineland and Normandy. He was honored with the following commendations, the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and others. He completed his tour of duty on October 29, 1945 as a member of the 9206th Technical Unit. Upon returning home to Troy, Bud was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal until he joined the Troy Police Department on April 15, 1946. He served as a traffic officer, patrolman, captain, detective, and warrant officer. He retired from the force after 42 years of dedicated service in 1988. After retiring, Bud never stopped being a cop. He truly loved his city of Troy and kept a vigilant eye to be sure everyone was safe ... especially his neighbors. He was also employed for several years at Sacred Heart School in Troy where he enjoyed being around the faculty staff and students. As Bud got on in years and he was unable to navigate outside, his daily job became watching out his picture window to be sure everything was safe on Ballina Street, as to watch for a welcomed wave from his neighbors. He also enjoyed many hours watching the Yankees and the New York Giants!! Win or lose, he was still a proud and die-hard fan. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus; the Troy Lodge of Elks 141, where he had 58 years of service, more than any other living member; he was the most senior member of the Troy PBA; member of the VFW of Watervliet and a devout communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Troy. Bud was married to his most precious love, Marion Prediger, on May 3, 1947. Their married life of 67 years was blessed with many wonderful friends with whom they shared many fun times at clamsteams and backyard parties. At many of the parties he was always the first with the microphone to entertain with his wonderful Irish tenor voice"Peg of My Heart," "Daddy's Little Girl," and "When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New," were some of the many songs requested. Survivors include Bud's devoted wife, Marion Prediger Murray; his cherished daughter, Peg Rosamilia; his adored son-in-law, Mayor Lou Rosamilia; his godchild, Kathy Mahr Plante; his nieces and nephews, Kay Butler, Joan Butler Milkins, Kevin Mahr, James Butler, and Marianne Mahr; his grandnieces and nephews, Timothy Butler, Colleen Alabanese, and Andrea Haynes, Scott Milkins, Jennifer McNulty, Michele Mahr, Ray Plante, Nicole Yakoboski, Kenny and Evan Butler; his little loves ... his great-grandnephews and nieces, Lauren and Matthew Butler, Andrew Michael, Sarah and Nicholas McNulty, Michael and Dylan Plante, Riley and Brielle Milkins, and Sage Yakoboski. In addition to his parents, Bud was predeceased by his loving sister, Sister Gabriel Francis C.S.J., (Rose Mary Murray); his cherished and most adored granddaughter, Stephanie Christine Rosamilia; his nephews, Thomas and Kenneth Butler, and Michael B. Mahr and Daniel James Milkins. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 9:15 a.m., from the Wm. Leahy Funeral Home 336 Third St., Troy, and at 10 a.m., in Sacred Heart Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Mausoleum. Family and friends are invited and may call on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud's memory may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York, 1 Mustang Drive, Cohoes, NY 12047, or the Sacred Heart School Stephanie Rosamilia Scholarship Fund, 310 Spring Ave., Troy, NY 12180.
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Wm. Leahy Funeral Home
336 Third Street Troy, NY 12180
(518) 272-3541

Published in Albany Times Union on May 4, 2014
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