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Martin J. Murrett, company executive, active in Catholic Diocese <br> May 9, 1920 -- Feb. 4, 2009

Martin J. Murrett of Buffalo, who was active in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died Feb. 4 in ElderWood Health Care at Wedgewood, Amherst. He was 88.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Mr. Murrett was a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Canisius College. He enlisted in the Army the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941.

A first lieutenant in the 4th Engineer Special Brigade, he was attached to Army units conducting assault operations in New Guinea and the Philippines, and also had occupational duties in Japan.

Mr. Murrett served in the Panama Canal Zone during the Korean War.

Upon his return to Buffalo, he worked as a vice president at Ryan & Williams, his family's commercial office equipment and supply company. He retired in 1983.

Mr. Murrett was active in the Diocese of Buffalo throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Council, was a member of St. Rose of Lima's first parish council and led several parish campaigns for Catholic Charities.

He was an altar server at the noonday Mass at St. Joseph
Cathedral for 35 years. In 1993, he was recognized with a St.
Joseph the Worker Medal.

Mr. Murrett and his wife, the former Martha O'Rourke, had embraced their love of travel in retirement, visiting destinations overseas and 48 states. They spent winters in Florida and Arizona.

The couple was married 58 years before Mrs. Murrett died in 2002.

Mr. Murrett was known as a thoughtful man who had a quick and dry wit. He enjoyed golf, journalism and discussing politics, and he considered his family his proudest accomplishment.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Lynn; four sons, Timothy, Robert, Paul and Kevin; and a brother, Peter J. Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.


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