Joseph Thomas Murray, age 71, died unexpectedly on September 20, 2021, in Leesburg, Florida. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Margaret (Peggy) Murray; his sister Mary Roberts of El Paso, TX; his sister Barbara Bradley and her husband Doug of Knoxville, TN; his brother-in-law Paul McDonnell and his wife Maureen of Milton, MA; his sister-in-law Ann Ragonese and her husband Frank of Estero, Florida; and his sister-in-law Eileen McDonnell of Belmont, MA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents Gerard and Barbara Murray of Dorchester, MA, his brother-in-law Matthew McDonnell of Quincy, MA, and his brother-in-law Daniel Roberts of El Paso, TX.
Joe was born in Boston, MA and raised in Dorchester, MA graduating from Saint Gregory’s Grammar School in Dorchester, MA and Newman Preparatory School in Boston, MA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College and a Master of Divinity from Saint John’s Seminary.
A life-long Boston College sports fan, Joe watched Boston College football, hockey, baseball, and basketball games with zeal. His passion for BC games was cultivated by his father who regularly brought Joe to BC football games as a child. After retiring to Florida, Joe remained an avid BC sports fan, flying up to Boston for as many football games as possible. In later years, Joe became an active member of his church, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wildwood, FL serving as a lector.
In 1985, Joe married the love of his life and soulmate Peggy. Together, they enjoyed 36 years of love and happiness. Their shared love of travel, Christmas, Disney and long-drives provided years of adventure. Joe enjoyed singing and shared his voice in the St. Gregory’s adult choir for many years. In Florida he was a member of the choral group in the community where he and Peggy lived.
A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday October 16, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Wildwood, FL.