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GLOUCESTER: Stephen J. Murray, beloved husband of Maureen Elizabeth (Rogers) Murray, passed away at his home surrounded by his wife and family. Stephen and Maureen would have celebrated 55 years of marriage in July of this year.

Steve was born in Salem, Mass., to the late John and Helen (Cheverie) Murray.

For over 11 years, Steve fought a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Despite his pain, he never complained and instead put his energy into spending quality time with his grandchildren, to whom he loved being Grampie.

Steve graduated from St. Ann's Grammar School in 1952 and Gloucester High in 1956. He spent many days helping his father on his lobster boat. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the USS Roy O'Hale. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1959. When he returned to Gloucester, he went to work at the United Shoe in Beverly. It was at the Shoe that he met the love of his life, Maureen, whom he married in 1961. Upon the closing of the United Shoe, he went to work at Varian of Gloucester, where he worked until his illness prevented him from standing for long hours.

Steve loved the times that he and Maureen spent vacationing in Florida and New Hampshire.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Maureen; a son, Stephen Michael Murray, husband of Elizabeth of Beverly; and a daughter, Kathleen (Murray) Smith, wife of Michael of Beverly; and four grandchildren, Allison Katherine Murray, Cameron John Murray, Olivia Faye Smith and Danielle Elizabeth Smith, all of Beverly; a brother-in-law, Joseph Mondello of Gloucester, and sisters-in-law, Patricia Bertolino, wife of Anthony, and Kathleen Remeika all of Gloucester. In addition to many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Mondello; his father and mother-in-law, Leonard and Elizabeth Rogers; and his brother-in-law, John Remeika.

Steve was a member of the former St. Peter's Parish in Gloucester and presently is a Communicate at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church.

The family of Stephen would like to thank Dr. Eugene Boss and Dr. Arthur Rabinowitz for the many years devoted to Steve's battle with Multiple Myeloma. Also, thank you to the staff of Peabody Lahey Oncology Department, the best nurses and office staff anywhere.

His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Thursday, February 18, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 9:30 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences, please visit greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 15, 2016
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