Andover — Raymond J. Murgia, 91, of 172 Lowell Street, Andover, Mass., died June 6, 2013, at his home.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., Ray graduated from Keith Academy and Boston University with a CBA in 1959. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and received the Purple Heart on Okinawa on April 12, 1945. He was a founding member of the Anthony Spinazzolla Foundation, member of the advisory board of the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University, Past President of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives, and recipient of the National Restaurant Association Hall of Fame Award in 1990. He was the past president of Bear Hill Golf Club and Bear Hill Associates, and past senior vice president, and commander of the American Legion Ames Post #117.
Well known in the food service industry, Ray served as executive vice president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association from 1969 to 1994. Upon his retirement in 1994, he was appointed MRA’s vice chairman of the board emeritus. He went on to serve as director of customer relations for Eastern Casualty Insurance Co., where he worked well into his 80s.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy A. (Kerr); two sons, Robert K. Murgia and his wife, Nancy, and Michael R. Murgia and his wife, Deanna, both of Stoneham; a daughter, Elizabeth A, Zappelli of Winchester; two grandchildren, Robert K. Murgia Jr. of Stoneham, and Jillian Marie Grant, and her husband, Todd, of Fairhaven; two great-grandchildren, Elliott and Alexandra Grant; and brother, Robert D. Murgia, a retired Lt. Colonel from the Massachusetts State Police. He was predeceased by his brother, Francis X. Murgia, former Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
ARRANGEMENTS: At Ray’s request, there will be no visiting hours. Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service at the Chapel at West Parish Cemetery, located across from 215 Lowell St., Rote 133, Andover, Mass., on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the family lot at West Parish Cemetery Burial Ground. At Ray’s request, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to The Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472, Attn: Perkins Trust, or The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, 136 Water St., Lawrence, MA 01841. The Pollard Funeral Home is honored to assist the Murgia family with the arrangements. www.pollardfuneralhome.com.