January 3, 2020
Francis J. "Fran" Murray, 71, of Watertown, NY passed away Friday, January 3, 2020.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, January 7, from 4 - 6 PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 8, at 10:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 11 AM with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, MSC presiding. Burial will be at the convenience of his family in Calvary Cemetery.
Fran was born in Elmira, NY on November 23, 1948, son of John and Anne Pecoraro Murray. He entered the US Army on March 18, 1968 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on November 27, 1970. In 1978 he opened McCrory Store, Watertown. In 1984 he started Murray's Hardware which he owned and operated until 2009. Currently, he was employed by Nascentia Health, driving patients to their doctor's appointments. He was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and its choir. Fran was the volunteer DAV coordinator for Jefferson County.
He is survived by his life partner Sandra Faylo, Watertown; son William A. Murray, Liverpool; daughter Michelle A. Murray-Hitchcock, Minneapolis, MN; two grandchildren, Daniel and Liliana; and niece MaryAnn Talverdi, FL. His sister, Kathleen E. Brown, predeceased him.
In lieu of flowers donations in Fran's name may be made to DAV Transportation, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210 or Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.