Aug. 4, 1927 – Aug. 18, 2018
Paul Gerard Murray, of Amherst, retired director of data processing for Bell Aerospace, died Saturday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 91.
Born in Buffalo, the second of four children, he was a 1945 graduate of Kensington High School, where he was captain of the swimming team.
For selling war bonds and war savings stamps as an official U.S. defense agent on his newspaper route during World War II, he received a Certificate of Honorable Discharge and Award of Merit from The Buffalo Evening News and the U.S. Treasury Department.
He enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school and was training in the Pacific for invasion of Japan when the war ended. He was discharged after serving about 11 months.
Returning home, he attended Canisius College on the GI Bill, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in physics in 1950.
Because he had less than a year of military service, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was a military police officer stateside.
Mr. Murray began working for Bell in 1953 as a mathematician, then became a computer programmer. In the 1960s, he worked on designs for the rocket engines used in the Apollo moon missions. He later became assistant director of data processing, then was director for several years. He retired in 1989.
In retirement, he assisted his children with home projects.
“He knew electrical, he knew plumbing, he knew everything,” his son, Robert, said. “He built things to last 50 years.”
A rosarian, he was a past president of the Greater Buffalo Rose Society. He also was a beekeeper and enjoyed fishing.
His wife of 58 years, the former Renee Granata, died in 2011.
Survivors include a daughter, Colleen Becht; two other sons, Kenneth and John; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.