Catherine (Cathy) Murray, "Mur"

Feb 25, 2019

Visitation

Friday, Mar. 01, 2019 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial

646 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

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Catherine (Cathy) Murray, aka “Mur”, sister, aunt, godmother, and friend to many, went to her rest under the care of her loving family and her guardian angel (and cousin) Mary on February 25, at her home in Berkeley Heights at the age of 54.

Mur was the glue that bound together every team she was a part of: family, friends, work colleagues, and the many sports teams she powered to ...

646 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Service

Saturday, Mar. 02, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of the Little Flower

310 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

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Catherine (Cathy) Murray, aka “Mur”, sister, aunt, godmother, and friend to many, went to her rest under the care of her loving family and her guardian angel (and cousin) Mary on February 25, at her home in Berkeley Heights at the age of 54.

Mur was the glue that bound together every team she was a part of: family, friends, work colleagues, and the many sports teams she powered to ...

310 Plainfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Burial

Saturday, Mar. 02, 2019 11:00 AM

St. Mary's Stony Hill Cemetery

Plainfield Avenue, Watchung, NJ 07069

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Catherine (Cathy) Murray, aka “Mur”, sister, aunt, godmother, and friend to many, went to her rest under the care of her loving family and her guardian angel (and cousin) Mary on February 25, at her home in Berkeley Heights at the age of 54.

Mur was the glue that bound together every team she was a part of: family, friends, work colleagues, and the many sports teams she powered to ...

Plainfield Avenue, Watchung, NJ 07069

Catherine (Cathy) Murray, aka “Mur”, sister, aunt, godmother, and friend to many, went to her rest under the care of her loving family and her guardian angel (and cousin) Mary on February 25, at her home in Berkeley Heights at the age of 54.

Mur was the glue that bound together every team she was a part of:  family, friends, work colleagues, and the many sports teams she powered to success. She was an all-season star athlete at Governor Livingston Regional High School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and captain of many of the teams for which she played.  WPI inducted her into its Hall of Fame for her achievements in basketball, softball, and field hockey, highlighted by her scoring over 1000 points in her basketball career. She continued playing softball and basketball long after college, including as a member of the gold medal “Jersey Strong” Senior Olympics softball team.

Yet the game itself, and good sportsmanship, were what mattered to Cathy. Her goal was never glory, it was helping her team perform at their best. As one college teammate remarked, her humility of spirit camouflaged just how much of a superstar she was. Throughout her life, she coached, taught, refereed and trained young athletes in the code of sportsmanship that she herself valued.

To her nieces and nephews, she was THE favorite aunt, remembered for riding the waves at Sea Isle City no matter how cold the water, parasailing, outings to pancake breakfasts and Broadway musicals, playing card games or doing puzzles for hours on end, and creating memorable trivia games and scavenger hunts that were the highlight of family gatherings.  Cathy was an exuberant storyteller who remembered details that others had long forgotten, adding dramatic effects that had her audiences crying with laughter. She could quote her favorite TV shows and films, including “The Brady Bunch” and “The Sound of Music”, and every Christmas movie ever made, but particularly “Rudolph” and “Elf”.    

Cathy was a loyal and devoted friend, and maintained strong friendships with people from every stage of her life. Those friends rallied around her unselfishly when cancer first touched her in 2005, and helped her power through her 14 year battle with the disease. So too did the joy and laughter she generated at every gathering she was part of. She seemed to will others to be happy with her through laughter and singing. She found a way to face a challenge in everything she did and bring others along with her on those challenges, whether for laughter or thrills.  

Mur brought that fun and passion as she built support for her favorite causes.  Inspired by her journey as a cancer patient and survivor, her Harwood Gang of lifelong friends raised tens of thousands of dollars to fund cancer research with Bingo Nights, Fun Runs, and Great Race contests. 

She traveled the world. With Exxon, she spent nearly two years in Singapore, and experienced a coup while vacationing in Thailand. She parachuted out of the sky, floated on the Dead Sea in Jordan, climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, watched the sun set from the pagodas in Burma, and loved to recount her adventures in France, Ireland, Belgium, Amsterdam, and many other destinations.  

Cathy’s spiritual life guided her to be a faithful servant, a reader at Mass, Eucharistic minister, and a member of the Voices of Praise choir.  

Cathy received undergraduate and master’s degrees in mechanical and materials engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She served as a project manager focused on Environmental Health and Safety in a career which took her to companies like Exxon, Colgate, and Givaudan. While proud of earning a patent in 1994 for her scientific contributions, Cathy took most satisfaction from supporting the people who worked with her.

She was pre-deceased by her parents John G. and Mary (McCafferty) Murray, and her brother Thomas. She leaves behind siblings Mary Rose, Betty, John (Joanne Smythe), Peggy (Jeff Smilowitz), Theresa (Michael Borsari), Virginia (Don Carter), and Patrick; her sister-in-law Toni Russo; her beloved nephews and nieces Michael, Peter, Katie, Tara, Wren, Raven, Patrick, and Marielle; and hundreds of friends who will miss her every day.