J. Murray Obituary (1938 – 2021) – Albany, NY

Murray, J. Michael NOKOMIS, Fla. John Michael “Mike” Murray, 81, handed into eternal lifestyle on December 27, 2019, at property in Florida with his spouse Patty at his aspect, caring for him. His death was sudden, nonetheless not unexpected, as he had been fighting metastatic lung most cancers for over five many years. Michael was born in Brooklyn on August 13, 1938, to William J. and Kathleen Rogers Murray, the eldest of their six children. The household moved from New York City to Albany in 1947, and Mike attended Vincentian Institute ahead of enlisting in the U.S. Air Power in 1956, a few months shy of his high faculty graduation. Hence, started Michael’s “unorthodox” self-directed education and learning! In navy provider he was skilled as a draftsman/graphics professional, serving in Libya (1956-57) and stateside with a programs analysis squadron (1958) right up until his weakening eyesight presented the prospect to get specialized training in laptop or computer operations and servicing and sooner or later programming and problems-taking pictures radar installations (Washington Condition, 1959-62). Mike been given an honorable discharge from the Air Drive in September 1962. His U.S.A.F. coaching led him to get the job done as a tech rep for an electronics business in Connecticut, supporting contracts they had with the Air Pressure. He entered New York Point out support as a computer system programmer in 1964. Mike’s job with New York Condition was highlighted by a constant increase in the computer system field and progressively a lot more liable complex and administrative assignments with 6 condition businesses. Sooner or later this led to his appointment as director of Administration Details Expert services for the Condition Academics Retirement System in 1971, and afterwards as assistant commissioner of MIS Operations for the New York Condition Dept. of Social Companies. Even with no “official” bigger training, Mike was an autodidact and regularly took in-assistance and night time classes to increase his understanding and track record, such as a sequence of graduate classes in the Evening Graduate System in Public Administration jointly sponsored by The Maxwell Faculty of Syracuse University and NYU’s Graduate Faculty of Public Administration. Mike also took several classes and attained a graduate certification in managerial accounting and finance from the University of Industrial Administration at Union College. Finally he enrolled in Empire Condition School and done the prerequisites for a Bachelor of Science in facts processing and eventually a Master of Public Administration by the spring of 1978. From his 1st course for faculty credit rating in the Air Drive to last but not least completing his education and learning to the master’s level, these endeavours took much more than 20 yrs – and just about totally at evening immediately after perform! Owning earned those instructional credentials Mike sought new worlds to conquer and in 1979, was appointed director of the New Jersey Human Services Info Middle. 4 several years afterwards he took on directing Administration Information Companies for the Washington, D.C. Metro Transit Authority. It was whilst in D.C. that Mike started instructing as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Graduate Faculty in School Park, actually having fun with this new purpose and opening his eyes to another earth and experience that introduced him back again to his birthplace of Brooklyn. In the tumble of 1989, he accepted the place of assistant vice president for Info Technology & Devices at Brooklyn School of the Town College of New York and was afterwards professor (with the title adjust to “Asst. V.P. and Professor”) just before retiring in 1995. But lifestyle was not just desktops and careers for Mike and his bride. From the begin of their marriage, they beloved creating hospitable households in which to welcome, entertain and loosen up with spouse and children and pals. Michael intended and “supervised” the construction of 3 of their stunning properties, the final of which was their roomy, up to date house in Nokomis where by they savored 20 happy years of retirement collectively. Mike and Pat have been renowned as gracious hosts, lively entertainers and at the very least just one of them an superb cook! In retirement, Mike and Pat indulged their great enthusiasm for travel, largely by cruise ship, to incredible locations all more than the world. Unforgettable excursions include things like sailing from Hong Kong to South Africa on the QE2 in 2000 traveling to the southern tip of South The usa and on to Antarctica scuba diving in several spots in the Caribbean as effectively as on the Fantastic Barrier Reef in Australia. Michael’s preferred travel adventure, by much, was their excursion to Australia and New Zealand. Their ship docked in Sydney harbor, right across from the Opera Property, and from there they experienced lots of memorable highlights – such as Kruger Nationwide Park, home to the “Tasmanian Satan,” and the Hunter Valley wine country, where they sampled some of the ideal wines they ever tasted. Other vacation highlights include the amazing sights in Egypt and North Africa – the pyramids, camel-driving, cruising down the Nile… browsing the temple of Angkor Wat and using elephants in Cambodia, a precarious rickshaw experience in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis in Vietnam, as effectively as going to numerous landmarks in Europe on quite a few occasions. In around 20 a long time of cruising Mike and Pat logged extra than 600 times at sea, crossing the equator additional than 10 instances (on board), and bought invited to be component of the “shake-down” cruise, Christening Ceremony and Maiden Voyage of Radisson’s Voyager in the Mediterranean Sea. Michael’s life was truly an journey of his creating, with his genuine adore Patty at his facet every single action of the way! Michael beloved checking out his and Pat’s family in the lots of metropolitan areas in which they reside, often inviting loved ones to be a part of them for lunch or cocktails on board the ships when they have been in port, whether or not in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Vancouver… they beloved traveling “house” to Albany at Thanksgiving, as properly, to celebrate with Pat’s extended spouse and children who embraced Michael as a beloved member. Michael was in particular near to Pat’s cousins, the Lasch spouse and children: Meg, Mark, Susan, Karen, Kathleen, Christopher, Beth, Michael and Terry. Michael was predeceased by his moms and dads his sister, Kathy Murray Weidling, in 2011, and his brother-in-regulation Larry Fagan in 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 many years, Pat Nally Murray and by his siblings, Anne Murray Fagan, Peter J. Murray, SJ, Kevin Weidling, Ellen Murray Thornton and her husband Greg, and Invoice Murray. Michael is also survived by his nephews and nieces and their households: Jim and Kelly Fagan, Tim and Karen Fagan, Kate and Paul Taylor, Mary Fagan Martinez, Anne and Mark Ardiel, and Patrick Fagan Mark and Sandy Weidling, Brian and Suzie Weidling, Chris and Andrea Weidling Sarah and Jake Solomon, Matt and Hannah Thornton, and Amy Thornton. A funeral Mass for Michael will be celebrated by his brother, Reverend Peter Murray, SJ, in St. Henry’s Church, 39 Previous Route 66, Averill Park, on Friday, August 13, at 11 a.m. Interment in St. Henry’s Cemetery will abide by. Contributions in Michael’s memory might be produced to St. Joseph’s Kid’s Healthcare facility, 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33614. Remember to mail in honor of 5-year-outdated Liam K., a cancer affected person whose grandmother is a dear mate and neighbor of Pat and Mike’s.

Revealed by Albany Moments Union on Aug. 11, 2021.