on February 10, 2014 - 7:04 PM
, updated February 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM
March 23, 1927 – Feb. 8, 2014
YOUNG-STOWN – Donald Francis Murray, a Youngstown resident since 1968 and retired superintendent of planning for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., died Saturday in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, after a short illness. He was 86.
A native of Buffalo, Mr. Murray was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He served as a quartermaster third class in the U.S. Coast Guard from January 1945 to May 1946.
He was the recipient of the American Theater Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal.
In December 1949, he entered the U.S. Navy and served until his honorable discharge in December 1953.
Mr. Murray attended Erie County Technical Institute, where he received his associate degree in electrical engineering, and the University of Buffalo.
He enjoyed a 47-year career with Niagara Mohawk, retiring as a superintendent of planning in 1985.
He was a long-standing member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, maintaining his status long after his retirement.
He was a devout member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Youngstown. He attended daily Mass, was the sacristan and led the daily Rosary and Chaplet for more than 15 years.
He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Adoration Group at St. Bernard’s for more than 30 years. He received the St. Joseph the Worker award.
Mr. Murray served on the board of directors of the Buffalo Chapter of the Association for the Blind.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Helen Novo; two daughters, Anne Marie Murray and Mary Ellen Murray; three sisters, Patricia McNulty, Kathleen Schraft and Virginia Murray; and two brothers, Lawrence and Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Bernard Catholic Church, Hinman and Second streets, Youngstown. Military honors will follow the Mass.