July 3, 1930 – July 13, 2018
William ‘Bill’ Murray, 88, passed away peacefully after a short stay at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester with his wife Jane by his side. Bill was born in Syracuse, New York on July 3, 1930, the son of the late William J. Murray Sr. and Mary (Barrett) Murray. Bill was the middle child of the family, growing up in Syracuse with his older sister Betsy (Altman) and younger sister Caroline (Glenn). In high school he spent summers working at the Lake Placid Club in Lake Placid, NY, a town he would return to later in life. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1952 with a degree in business administration, after which he enlisted and served in the Air Force for 6 years. Following his service, he attended Cornell University studying hotel and restaurant management. This led to a career designing, developing and managing inns, hotels and restaurants throughout the United States, including the first Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC.
Bill moved to Vermont in 1983, during the first couple of years working with his childhood friend, Walter Simmendinger (for whom Bill served as Best Man at his marriage to Joanne), at his company Wesco, Inc. It was in 1985 that Bill had his short political career when he ran as the Libertarian candidate for Mayor of Burlington against incumbent Bernie Sanders. He knew winning was a long shot but felt strongly about increasing awareness of Libertarian ideals. He spent the next 15 years working on projects in Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY for the Nicola Restaurant Group, including the design and development of Mr. Mike’s Pizza in both locations, along with the Boathouse Restaurant and Nicola’s Over Main in Lake Placid.
Bill began to attend North Avenue Alliance Church when he moved to Burlington. It was there that he met his wife Jane and her two daughters in 1984. They married on October 24, 1998. Bill and Jane loved to travel, taking weekend excursions around New England, summer vacations on Bailey Island and York Beach in Maine, winter vacations in Key West, Florida and one whirlwind trip (via modified school bus!) to Disney World in 1989. In later years they’ve enjoyed summers at Rumney Bible Conference at ‘Camp Moosey’ and their cottage ‘Bearly Ours’.
Bill loved a good party, was a true food aficionado (and a wonderful cook) and was an avid reader who loved a good debate about politics or current events. He had a kind and generous heart, giving whatever he might have to those who needed it. Bill is survived by his wife Jane, her daughters Jami (and husband Liam Bisson), and Jill (and husband Kevin McCarthy), and grandchildren Abigail, Allison, Lucy and Linus who called him Grandpa Billy. Bill is also survived by several nieces and nephews and the many friends he made wherever he went. Bill also
leaves behind his basset hound Sophie and his beloved cat ‘King’ Henry. Bill’s parents, sisters and son-in-law Corey Hampton predeceased him.
We would like to thank Bill’s physicians – Dr. Stephen Baad, Dr. Joseph Winget, Dr. Brian Kim and Dr. Scott Perrapato - for their excellent care throughout the years, along with his care providers from the Visiting Nurse Association who kept him comfortable at home for the last several months, and the McClure Miller VNA Respite House for their care and their kindness to Bill and family in recent days. A celebration of life will be held at the Rumney Bible Conference in Rumney, NH on Saturday August 18, 2018.