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Kenneth Somerset Murray
  • July 10, 1932
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  • March 25, 2016

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Kenneth Somerset Murray, 83

Kenneth Somerset Murray, 83, of Winter Park, Florida passed away on Good Friday, March 25, 2016 of metastatic melanoma cancer while at his home and surrounded by his family.    He was born in Villa Nova, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1932 as the son of Catharine Cox Murray and Howard Lenford Murray.  Ken attended the Haverford School where he was captain of the gymnastics team, and he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1955.  A Korean War Veteran, Ken served in an Army cryptographic unit as well as on the draft board under the Nixon and Ford administrations.  Ken moved to central Florida in 1958 to work at the First National Bank (currently SunTrust). He later became owner and Chief Financial Officer of Budget Rent a Car of Florida.  Through the years, Ken was involved in many aspects of the Central Florida community he so loved.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Orlando, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, SunTrust of College Park, and most recently Friends of American Art at the Orlando Museum of Art.    Ken was a member of Interlachen Country Club and All Saints Episcopal Church of Winter Park, Florida.  Ken enjoyed a variety of activities and hobbies throughout his life, including boating in the Atlantic and Lake Powell, hiking Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, golfing, traveling, and writing books and poetry.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Beth; his son Blake Somerset Murray of Lake Mary, FL and his wife Susan Kilger Murray; his son Hunter Lenford Murray of Orlando, FL; his daughter Catharine Ann Murray of Orlando, FL and Chris Earleywine; and his daughter Jennifer Murray McAlexander of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and her husband Alfred Andrew McAlexander. He is also survived by three grandchildren Paige Catherine Gay of Winter Park, FL and her husband Daniel Gay; Audrey Somerset McAlexander and Alfred Andrew McAlexander.  Ken is also survived by his brother Craig Compton Murray and his wife Beth Tanzman; nephews Alec Murray (Johanna), Owen Murray, Kent Murray (Susan) and niece Dona Gray Murray.  Ken is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Donald Lenford Murray.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Winter Park on Thursday, March 31st at 11:00am.  Ken’s ashes will be interred in a memorial reef in the Gulf of Mexico off of Grayton Beach, Florida as per his wishes.  This will be done in coordination with South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) a non-profit organization dedicated to the construction, deployment, and monitoring of permitted artificial reefs in Walton County’s coastal waters for the benefit and health of environment and community.

We would like to thank his team of physicians, Dr. Ivan Castro, Dr. Lee Zehngebot , Dr. Donald Behrmann and Dr. Nikhil Rao for his excellent care while battling metastatic melanoma of the brain for the past 15 months.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Orlando Museum of Art, attention: Friends of American Art at 2416 North Mills Avenue Orlando, Florida 32803.


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  1. 29 Mar 2016
    Rick and Brenda Baker says:
    Dear Beth, we have such fond memories of our times with you and Ken.
    Ken was such a wonderful, delightful man. We were all fortunate to have known him. Just remembering him makes us smile.

  2. 28 Mar 2016
    Cynthia "Alex" Fried says:
    I always knew Ken was an amazing man but after that beautiful tribute to his life there was so much I missed. He had the greatest sense of humor and such a love for life and family. He will be truly missed by so many. He touch so many lives in so many different ways. All my love to the family.

  3. 26 Mar 2016
    Chris Earleywine says:
    Mr. Murray as I prefer to call him, even though he preferred I didn't, was an amazing man. I was fortunate to be able to spend the last 2 years in his presence. Although most of this time was not the best years of his life, I knew a man with great pride, joy and love. He welcomed me into his family and always treated me like one of his own.

    They say that the only true way to measure a mans legacy is to look at the lives he has impacted. I can tell you that Ken impacted me in many ways, and it is obvious that the legacy of his family will pay tribute to him for generations to come.

    He will be missed, but we are all happy to see him with the Lord and those loved ones that have been waiting for him. You were a great man, Mr. Murray.

  4. 26 Mar 2016
    jeanne and neil braverman says:
    dear beth and family.
    our heartfelt condolences - ken was one of a kind….a fine,fine, man.

    most sincerely,
    jeanne and neil braverman :((

  5. 26 Mar 2016
    Melissa Woodman says:
    What a BEAUTIFUL tribute to a WONDERFUL man, father and husband and friend!! I will certainly be there to help Celebrate a life well lived !! Love all of you.
    Melissa

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