FARNHAM—James Murray, 93, of Farnham died on January 5, 2020.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marie, and daughters Kathryn of Warsaw and Bonnie of St. Louis, Mo.
Until mid 2019 Jim and Marie split their time between homes in Bradenton, Fla., and Cooperstown, N.Y. During his retirement they traveled extensively, often with friends.
They originally made their home in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., where they raised their two daughters and James worked as an aeronautic engineer for ove sr 35 years for Grumman Aerospace. He ultimately became the head of the escape systems division.
In Cold Spring Harbor he was passionate about gardening, sailing and platform tennis. He was always looking for ways to make his wife’s life better and was a most caring person. He was a great storyteller.
His early life was spent in Valley Cottage, N.Y., where his father commuted to his work in New York City and he taught fencing for 50 years at Columbia University, the New York Athletic Club and the New York Dramatic Club.
James was drafted and spent a brief time in the Army during World War II.
We will miss his great character comprised of kindness, curiosity, intellect, creativity, generosity and great wittiness.
A celebration of life will be held later this spring.
Contributions in his name may be made to Habitat for Humanity.