William T. "Bud" Murray passed onto to his Eternal Home after a brief illness on Friday, May 2, 2014. Bud was born in Troy, N.Y., on Nov. 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 Feb. 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 Oct. 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 NY 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 No. 141, where he had 58 years of service, more than any other living member, 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. There 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, Marianne Mahr, his grand nieces 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 grand nephews 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 CSJ, (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 at 9:15 a.m. from the Willam Leahy Funeral Home, 336 3rd 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 – 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations to Buds memory may be made to 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.