Thomas E. Murray, P.E., age 83, passed away at home on June 13, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia A. Murray (nee Tierney). He was the loving father of Tommy and his wife Diana, Patricia, Michael and his wife Annmarie, Robert, Jean Graziano and her husband Jack, Mary Beth Murray and her husband Keith Zavilowitz. He was cherished by his twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the fond brother of Virginia and the late James, Mary, Frances, Lawrence, Kathleen and John. He was abeloved brother in law and uncle to over 50 nieces and nephews.
Thomas was born in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School. He studied Civil Engineering at Manhattan College. Tom served in the US Army as a combat and construction engineer stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Upon his discharge, Tom started his career at NYCDEP, Bureau of Water Supply in the Manhattan Construction Division and became a resident engineer on cast iron and steel water mains in Manhattan.
In 1958 he married his sweetheart, Patricia and settled down in Fordham Manor section of the Bronx. After becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer in 1966, Tom was promoted to Civil Engineer and placed in charge of Manhattan’s Planning and Drafting Division. That same year, Tom and Pat moved their growing family to Staten Island. In 1972, he passed test for Senior Civil Engineer and was made the Distribution Engineer for Staten Island. After 35 years with the NYC DEP, Tom retired as the Chief of Distribution for Staten Island. Tom ended his career as a consulting engineer with the firms Hayden-Wegman, Inc. and LiRo Consulting Engineers, P.C.
Mr. Murray was a parishioner of St. Adalbert RC Church, Elm Park and later Holy Family, RC Church Westerleigh. At St. Adalbert, Tom was the boys baseball coach for many years. He was very active in Mid Island Little League during the 70’s and 80’s as a coach and on the Board of Directors. Tom was instrumental in the construction of its Travis facility. Tom enjoyed sports, whether it was as a football player for his freshman HS team, a coach for his children’s teams, a spectator at his grandchildren’s games or just watching his favorite Yankees or Giants on TV with Claudette Cornwall who lovingly cared for him these past two years.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (www.parkinsons.org) or the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation (www.ucp.org).
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