BUSKIRK — Murray J. Moore, 87, of Buskirk, passed away peacefully at Ellis Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, from complications of a recent stroke. Murray and his wife, Nancy (McMillan), who survives, happily resided in Buskirk, New York. They were married March 7, 1980.
Murray was born June 27, 1929, in Amsterdam, New York. He was the eldest of three sons born to Ira and Louise (Schunk) Moore of Fonda, New York. Early in Murray’s life, the family purchased St. Croix dairy farm and moved to Master Street in Valley Falls, New York. Academics and Murray were somewhat incompatible; nevertheless, Murray graduated from Hoosic Valley in 1946. He married Marion Brownell in September of 1952.
Stories recalled by Murray suggest that during his high school years, he had a penchant for driving fast and he was known to road race to win a bet. In his late teens, Murray made a deal to purchase some livestock. That deal was followed by 70 years of buying, selling and trucking countless cows, horses, sheep, goats, chickens and pigs, and brokering deals for land, antiques, vehicles, musical instruments and farm machinery.
For many years, he owned and operated Moore’s Lime and Fertilizer. During the 1960s, Murray served on the Hoosic Valley Board of Education and was a member of the Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, Murray is survived by his children, David (Theresa) Moore of Valley Falls, Duane (Karen) Moore of Valley Falls, Linda Moore of Buskirk, Donna (Michael) Nolan of Cambridge, Jill (Fred) Anderson of Melrose, Neil (Beverly) Moore of Valley Falls and Jerry (Mary Jo) Moore of Schaghticoke; and his stepchildren, Dawn Martindale of Warrensburg, William Richard “Richie” Nolan of Shushan and Brian Nolan of Troy. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Murray was predeceased by his brothers, Charles and Kenneth.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Cambridge United Methodist Church, 41 E. Main Street, Cambridge, with the Rev. Debbie Earthrowl officiating. During the service, there will be an opportunity to honor Murray by sharing stories or memories of his life.
Calling hours will precede the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, 37 Gilbert St., Cambridge, NY 12816, or The Foundation for Ellis Medicine, 1101 Nott St., Schenectady, NY 12308.
The family thanks the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, the Albany Medical Center Neuroscience staff, the staff of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital and Ellis Hospital Neuroscience ICU and Comfort Care staff. We also thank the many friends and neighbors who offered a helping hand and kept Murray and his family in their prayers.
To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.gariepyfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are with the Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, 73 W. Main St., Cambridge.