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Bruce A. Murray

June 18, 1953 July 7, 2019
Bruce A. Murray
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Bruce A. Murray was born June 18, 1953 in Melrose Massachusetts to Alice and Lawrence Murray and died unexpectedly at Willamette Valley Medical Center on July 7, 2019. He lived most of his adult life in the Northeast attending New England College in New Hampshire where he made many life long friends. His early career was in the food and wine business where he developed a great knowledge and love of wine which he enjoyed sharing with others. Later he became a Real Estate Broker until his retirement in 2015.
Bruce married Carol Knights Murray in 1996 and although they did not have children of their own they provided love and foster care to over a dozen children. He is survived by his wife Carol, and their extended family including his sister in-laws, Linda Towers and Sally Burnside, their husbands, four wonderful nieces, great niece and 2 great nephews.
Bruce was an avid reader, eclectic music lover and with his quirky sense of humor often had us shaking our heads and laughing. In his younger years he skied, kayaked, hiked and played golf with enthusiasm. He was also a lover of travel with several trips to France and Australia when he was in the wine business. He lived for two of his college years in England and was always happy to share those memories.
Bruce and Carol moved to Oregon from Cape Cod Massachusetts in 2012 to be closer to family and fell in love with the beauty of the Willamette Valley and the charm of McMinnville. 3rd Street was one of Bruce's favorite places whether it was sitting outside at the Bitter Monk or chatting with friends at the 411 Eatery and he made many friends who provided him with a strong sense of community.
An open house in his honor will be held at the 411 Eatery on 3rd Street from 1pm to 4pm on August 10th. Just what he would have wanted; no tears just cheers! To leave condolences, visit

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