Celebration of life ceremony for former IBEW Local 1 Business Representative Timothy Murray set for March 30

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VETERAN IBEW LOCAL 1 LEADERS Timothy Murray (seated right) and Tom George (seated left) were recognized for their decades of dedication on June 3, 2017 at the IBEW’s National Museum in St. Louis from Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs (standing right) and President Don Bresnan Jr. Brother Murray passed away on March 13, 2019. – Labor Tribune file photo

A celebration of life ceremony for Timothy R. Murray, who recently retired as a business representative from IBEW Local 1, is scheduled for March 30.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Teamsters Local 682 Union Hall, 5730 Elizabeth Ave. in St. Louis. Food and beverages will be provided.

Brother Murray, a third generation Local 1 member whose family joined the union at the turn of the century, passed away after a sudden illness on March 13 in Venice, FL. Brother Murray, 64, retired from Local 1 in 2017, receiving an award for his many years of dedicated service to the union.

Brother Murray became a member of Local 1 in 1981 and served the union in many capacities. He was elected treasurer in 1999 and was elected to the executive board in 2011. He served as a business representative from 2011 until he retired. He was also a founding member of the Rockwood Labor Club and a former executive board member of the St. Louis City Labor Club.

“Tim served the IBEW for 38 years with the same enthusiasm that he lived his life,” said Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs. “He will truly be missed by many.”

Those who had worked with Brother Murray took to social media after learning of his passing:

“I was very lucky to serve with him as a business representative, His words of wisdom and friendship will always be remembered. My heart goes out to Melody, Matt and the entire Murray family.” – Chuck DeMoulin, Local 1 business representative

“Tim was a warrior for Local 1. The Murray family has given as much to the IBEW as it has received and is the reason ours is a Brotherhood not just a union. I will miss him and remember him fondly. Thank you Tim for your service to our Brotherhood.” – Mike Owens, Local 1 member

“What a terrible shock and loss. Tim was one of the finest people I have ever had the honor and privilege of knowing, thanks to being fortunate enough to be a member of this union. Tim had a great personality and was such a smart man. Our deepest condolences to all the entire Murray family for their loss.” – Tom Kenney, Local 1 member

Brother Murray graduated from McCluer High School in 1972, attended a community college in Florida where he excelled in baseball and served in the United States Navy for two years.

Friends and family say Brother Murray will be long remembered for his infectious smile, his sense of humor and his ability to live life to its fullest. They describe him as a fun and witty person who gave so much to so many.

Brother Murray is survived by his wife Melody Guthrie Murray; sons Matthew Murray (Jamie) and Joel Murray (Rachel); grandchildren Parker and Emma; his father Harlan Murray; sisters Vickie Coons (Bill), Ellen Stelzer (Steve); sister-in-law Gayle Rector; and aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his son Nicholas Murray, his mother Wyvonda Brown (Bonnie) Murray and his uncle Marlan Murray.

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