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MURRAY, Gerald J. Jr. Age 83, passed away peacefully on July 26th in Needham. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 57 years, Mary Kay, and a loving father and role model to his five children, Gerry, Chris, Margaret, Tom, and Liz and their spouses Ronna, Laura, Charles, Alex, and Steve. He was a proud grandfather of Tucker (predeceased), Kyle, Ben, Caitlyn, Noah, James, Bridget, Hugo, William, Helena, and Evan. He was a faithful Catholic and committed member of Saint Joseph's Parish in Needham. Gerry was born in New Haven, CT on November 11, 1935 to Rose Shanahan and Gerald Murray. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, John. Gerry was a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School. He served in the Army Reserve. During his business career he worked for ATT, Xerox, and Motorola. He traveled extensively around the world and retired as Vice President and General Manager of the International Division of Motorola Information Systems Group at the age of 59. Gerry had many interests. He loved art, music, sports, and the great outdoors. He collected antique books and Japanese art. He loved music from classical to country to classic rock. He enjoyed cross country skiing, hiking, running, golfing, juggling, and tending the woodlands of his vacation home in NH. He liked to challenge himself with extreme adventures such as sky diving, mountain and ice climbing. But above all was his dedication to his family. Visiting Hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, NEEDHAM, on Friday, August 9th from 4 to 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph Church, 1362 Highland Avenue, Needham, on Saturday, August 10th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to the Alzheimer's Association ( For obit, directions or to share a memory of Gerry, please visit Eaton Funeral Home 781-444-0201

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Dear Mary Kay

It was with greatest sadness that I learned of Gerry's passing. Please accept my sincere and deepest condolences. I always felt that I learned from Gerry and I was much better for spending time with him.


Chuck Swartz
Chuck Swartz
September 6, 2019
Dear MaryKay--Our condolences to you and your family on the loss
of your husband. I know it has been a long time since we have been in touch, but I recognized the name as soon as I read the obituary.
We recently heard a beautiful rendition of the Ave Maria, and we recalled how beautifully you sang it at our wedding.
Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Gerry, I remember how happy you were when you met and married many years ago.

Love and prayers,
Margaret (White) and Dick Connors
Class of 1958 at the Mount
Margaret Connors
August 16, 2019
Liz & Mary Kay, my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Jean Sebastien Defoy
August 7, 2019
Mary Kay, my deepest condolences.
Nan Barber
August 7, 2019

My sincere condolences for your loss.

Frank Spada
Frank Spada
August 2, 2019
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