John P. Murray, 85

JULY 11, 1927-OCT. 4, 2012

October 05, 2012
  • John P. Murray
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John Paul “Jack” Murray, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, with his daughter, Pamela Chilcoat, and her husband, Joseph Chilcoat, by his side in Catonsville, Md.

Born July 11, 1927, Jack was the son of Lawrence Andrew and Elva Wachter Gleatha Stotler Murray. He was christened Jan. 8, 1928, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Jack lived on West High Street in Hancock, Md., with his wife, Zena Murray, who passed away in 1987.

Jack was a veteran of World War II and served in Panama.
He was a member and past president of the Hancock Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a Meals on Wheels volunteer. He served on the zoning committee for the town of Hancock and was a C&O Canal volunteer.

An avid canal cyclist and hiker, Jack was often seen walking through Hancock sporting his Orioles cap.

He is remembered as a funny, kind and generous humanitarian by his daughter, Pamela, and her husband, Joseph; his granddaughters, Zena, Joanna and Mary; his great-grandchildren, Inara, Camden and Asher; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leo and Richard, his half sisters, Naomi “Sis” Wachter Bishop, Hazel B. Wachter Faith and Adelaide M. Wachter Jones; and half brothers, Willard Reed “Bud” Wachter and Charles Wachter.

A memorial service will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

Jack will be buried next to his wife at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown. Military graveside honors will be provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard. Friends and family will remember Jack’s life at the Park and Dine in Hancock following the interment.

The family will receive friends Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Grove Funeral Home, Hancock.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.

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