Mr. Joseph F. Murray, Jr., 62, died suddenly Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in his home.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation which will be held in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Sunday, November 8th. from 3:00-6:00PM. At 5:00PM during the visitation, there will be a funeral prayer service offered by the Reverend Bryan Wolf. The committal service and final disposition will be private.
Joe, the son of the late Barbara Murray and the late Joseph F. Murray, Sr., was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of three, his family moved to North Bergen, New Jersey where he attended school and spent all his formative years. Upon his marriage in 1986, Joe then settled in Clark, New Jersey.
Since June 22, 1986, Joe has been employed as a postal worker for the U.S. Postal Service working in the main post office in Union City, New Jersey. He was well known throughout his daily delivery route and he enjoyed having friendships with many of his customers.
Joe’s spare time was filled with the many activities that Joe shared with his daughter, Kaitlyn. He liked to fish, both salt water and fresh water, casting from the shore or going on a boat. Joe liked to watch, as well as attend sporting events, showcasing the NY Yankees baseball team, the NY Giants football team and the NJ Devils, hockey team. He thoroughly enjoyed watching college football, especially University of Notre Dame games. Joe’s sports activities also included being the coach of his daughter’s softball team for thirteen years; a job he looked forward to each year. Joe was known to man the grill, like no other and his favorite dessert was PIE…..all kinds! Joe was an active member of the Father’s Club of St. John the Apostle School in Linden/Clark and he would always help out with the various dinners, such as the Fish Fry, the Pasta Dinner and of course, Irish Night.
Everyone was always happy to be around Joe, because he understood what it was to have a good time in life, while at the same time embracing the utmost important role in his life – that of being a devoted husband and loving father. Joe also provided excellent care for his mother-in-law, Irma and his grandmother, Ida. It was extremely important to Joe that he always be present for every event in his daughter, Kaitlyn’s life, including back to back nights of dance recitals. It never mattered to Joe whether his daughter had one number or ten to perform, she knew he would be there, sitting in the audience waiting for her to dance. It was the same for Kaitlyn’s cheerleading events, her field hockey games and anything else that she participated in. Joe made certain that he was truly there for every part of Kaitlyn’s life. Joe loved life and everything it had to offer. He was devoted to his wife, Teresa, and made sure that she never had to worry about anything as the years went by. She was his world, as he was hers. These may seem like amazingly simple, honest traits, but that is what made Joe so special.
Joe is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Irma Teresa Flores Murray; his daughter, Kaitlyn Murray; his many friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
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