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Joseph Coors Murray, Sr.

November 16th, 2015

Joseph Coors Murray, Sr., age 73, of Charleston, Maine, formerly of Tewksbury and Wilmington, MA, died peacefully at his home on November 7, 2015.

Joe was the beloved father of Joseph Coors, Jr., Eric, Billy & his wife Michele (DelNinno), Krysta (Murray) O’Neill & her husband Steve, Danny & his wife Kara (Buckley) and Rebekah (Murray) Tkachuk & her husband Mike, all of Wilmington and Tewksbury as well as, Mandi Murray of Charleston, Maine and Harley Murray of China, Maine. Stepfather of Jody (Britt) Morse and her husband Dan of Waldoboro, Maine and Jason and Debra Britt of New Hampshire. “Grandpa Joe” of his grandchildren Jake, Tyler, Maryssa, Stephanie, Brooke, Jamie, Jenna, Danielle, Stephanie, Joseph Coors, III, Madisyn, Carson, Shane, McKenna, Chase, Kelli, and Danny, Jr. Son of the late Hamilton Murray & Beverly (Barnes) Murray. Joe was the brother of the deceased Ralph Murray and Bronson Murray both of Florida and half-brother of Rob Reymes of Canada.

Joe was proud to be named after his father’s best friend, Joseph Coors, son of Adolph Coors of the Coors Brewing Company.

After High School, Joe enlisted in the US NAVY where he served on the USS Cony. Following his discharge, he met his first wife and settled in Somerville, where they began to raise their growing family. The family moved to Tewksbury in 1971, where they settled for many years, raising six children in a small ranch house that he added on to continually. After the divorce of his first wife, Joe met Linda Britt and they eventually married and settled in Charleston, Maine in 1986, raising their 2 daughters and becoming a step dad to Linda’s son Jason and daughter Jody.

While living in Massachusetts, Joe worked for years as a Teamster. He was an over the road truck driver for Harnum and Testa of Wilmington and loved driving cross-country. He supported his large family with a side business of tree work with his infamous blue bucket truck. Raising such a large family was no match for Joe’s resourcefulness. He was known for converting school busses to campers and found a way to take everyone that wanted to go, on vacation every summer. Visits to the top of the Prudential Center to look out and see the city, Logan Airport to watch the planes take off, or watching the free exhibits outside the aquarium were inexpensive ways to build memories and spend time together.

Joe was known for driving his tractor in the neighborhood anywhere he lived and making huge snow piles for the kids to sled down.

In his later years, Joe always found a way to stay busy, either chopping and stacking wood, riding his beloved Harley Davidson or taking a ride to the corner store for a coffee. Joe spent a little more than the last decade of his life as a member of the Saracens Motor Cycle Club. His ‘brothers’ in the club made his final decade filled with honor. He wore his leather jacket proud and would ride hundreds of miles to pay tribute to any members or associates with Love & Respect!

His core strengths will live on in all of his children – independence, strong work ethic and resourcefulness. He taught all of his kids how to stack wood, it didn’t matter if you were a boy or a girl or even a neighborhood kid, if you were in his yard and he was doing wood so were you. He would say the thing he did right in life was having his children and enjoyed anytime they would visit especially when they came with grandchildren. His name sake was his best friend, confidant and most trusted advisor, not only were they mirror images of each other their understanding of each other was like no other it was true Love & Respect!

Family & friends will gather at the VFW Hall, 87 Vernon St. in Tewksbury MA, on Saturday November 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm to celebrate his life and legacy.

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19 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph Coors Murray, Sr.”

  1. Robin corey says:

    Joe rest in peace you will be missed. Hugs and prayers to the familiy

  2. Traci says:

    He was a nice man. Didn’t know him personally, but saw him often at the store and he would always say hi to my son and a couple of times, with a wink and a smile, slipped him a dollar. Condolences to his family. We will miss seeing him around.

  3. Michele Caruso says:

    RIP Motorcycle Joe! You will be missed by so many ????

  4. Roberta gate pease says:

    You were my dad’s best friend. You were my uncle. You made my parents laugh with your cards and letters and pictures u mailed. My dad looked forward to your phone calls. U will be greatly missed. What a wonderful man. Ride on

    Roberta (bobbie) gately pease

  5. donna says:

    RIP ????

  6. Pam Irish says:

    Joe, you will be missed by many. Try to RIP. We all have great memories of you…love ya Joe….Pam Irish…second mother to Mandi and Harley. Thinking of you all, and love you all.

  7. Michelle Buzzell says:

    Glad to have met you Joe… May you rest in peace ????

  8. Michelle Buzzell says:

    Glad to have met you Joe… May you rest in peace

  9. Nicole Maynard says:

    RIP we miss u. Prays go out to ur family and love ones

  10. Donna says:

    You will sadly be missed “Money Man”. My children loved having you stop at their ” yard sales”. May you rest in peace and our deepest condolences to your family.

  11. Paul Doherty says:

    Went to see him years ago with jake murry. Met him he said he doesnt like cops but i think i grew on him anyway cause he was the balls to meet and even with cop thing going on he treated me awesome. He even gave me stickers from his m/c club. I wont say the name. I wish you all affected by this loss my condolences. Knowing him he will never really die. He will live on in the hearts of those that love him the most. Again to the murrays i am sorry for your loss
    Junior

  12. Merrily fales says:

    R.i.p Joe! You will be greatly missed! Love you! Deep peace Merrily and Cam

  13. Jeff Harris says:

    My condolences to you all.

  14. shane dewittt says:

    joe you was a true member of the club, i’m sure that your brother are hurting today, love and respect my friend, to the family fof joe, we will keep you in our prayer’s

  15. Kathy Russell says:

    My deepest sympathy to Joe’s family. He was a very special person. May you find some comfort in knowing that he had such a positive impact on so many people. May all your happy memories bring you peace.

  16. Becky says:

    RIP my friend. Will miss seeing you at Rowe`s.

  17. Catrena says:

    Hey Josefee gonna miss your big smile and even bigger hugs buddy .You are a special guy.

  18. Patricia Cardin says:

    What a great Man. I have such fond memories of his entire family. I baby sat them for a long time. He was a great Father. I know that because he has great children now, so caring and thoughtful. May God watch over you and your entire family.

  19. Sandi Blanchard says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear such sad news, It was always a pleasure seeing around town… You always had a smile on your face and you were always so kind. This little town certainly lost a great icon
    … My sincere condolences to your family,, may you ride free in those high heavens !!!!

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