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Sydney Authornasius Murray

February 6, 1933 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 87)

Obituary

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“ Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest”. Matthew 11:28.

Sydney A. Murray was a good person, father, husband, brother, uncle & grandfather who

strongly believed that education was a way out of poverty. He was born on Febru  ary 6, 1933 to Louise & Philip Murray in Kingston, Jamaica. His mother died at age 34 leaving him at the age of 15 and his four younger siblings.

His grandmother, Ida Maude Tobias-Kirlew raised him from infancy so he was her favorite out of the  five siblings. She instilled him a passion to perform at his best but he also was a daredevil riding his motorcycle throughout the countryside of Jamaica. Sydney started his early education at a catholic school, St. Alowishus progressing to night school. Eventually, he attended the College of Arts, Science & Technology in Kingston, Jamaica in the early 60s. His background was in electronics which led to building an amplifier for his daughter first birthday and obtaining a degree in Engineering.  Eventually, this led to an engineering job at the Moneymus Estate.

Sydney married Carmen Bennett on June 26,1959 producing two children, Maxine & Anthony who he encouraged to pursue their dreams through education.

He had desire to travel to England so he had an idea to move to this country with his family.

However, his wife persuaded him to move to the USA for a better life for his family in 1967.  The family immigrated to the Bronx where his wife's Aunt Thelma lived. He lived in the Bronx while he worked at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey in Manhattan. He eventually moved his family to New Jersey leaving the Bronx for better investment. He believed in education as a saving grace which led him to obtaining his master degree at New Jersey Institute Technology while working & taking care of his family. He was a mentor to young people encouraging them to pursue their education. He loved to read voraciously throughout his life.

Sydney was born to the Catholic faith and he was loyal to his belief. He survived the fire on February 13, 1975 & the bombing on February 26, 1993 at the World Trade Center. In due course, Sydney & Carmen retired to North Carolina to be close to his four grandchildren in 1997. He grieved for the lifes loss at the World Trade Center on 09/11/2001.

He was a man that enjoyed his music whether it was reggae, jazz . His favorite artists were Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston. He enjoyed arguing in a bantering tone concerning the best singer: Whitney Houston vs Anita Baker. He loved to dance with his wife, Carmen & taking care of his four grandchildren.

Sydney will be greatly missed by his family and friends. However, he will always live in the hearts of those he touched. He leaves behind his daughter, Maxine Murray-Manhertz; his son, Anthony Murray; grandchildren: Kendra Glasgow, Chad Manhertz, Jared Manhertz & Mason Manhertz; his sisters, Ms Shirley Edwards & Ms Rita Royal and many nieces & nephews.

“ I WILL SAY OF THE LORD, HE IS MY REFUGE & MY FORTRESS, MY GOD, IN WHOM I TRUST.” PSALM 91:2

“ I HAVE GIVEN REST TO THE WEARY & JOY TO THE SORROWFUL.”  JEREMIAH 31:25

 

“  I HIDE MY TEARS WHEN I SAY YOUR NAME BUT THE PAIN IN MY HEART IS STILL THE SAME. ALTHOUGH, I SMILE & SEEM CAREFREE, THERE IS NO ONE WHO MISSED YOU MORE THAN ME.” Source Unknown

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Services

Celebration of Life
Monday
September 7, 2020

11:00 AM
Holy Infant Catholic Church
5000 Southpark Drive
Durham, NC 27713

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