UXBRIDGE- Thomas "Mac" McMurray passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 23, 2014.
Mac is survived by Genevieve (Gibbons), his wife of of 56 years, son, Jerome McMurray of Bristol, RI; two daughters, Jean McMurray of Whitinsville, MA, and Julie McMurray of Uxbridge, MA; and two loving grandchildren, James McMurray of Union, ME and Neve Palmieri of Uxbridge, MA. Mac was beloved by his many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He enjoyed a special and close relationship with his brother-in-law and sister-in- law, Henry and Rosalie (Gibbons) Levitre. He also leaves many cherished friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by a son, Joel McMurray, in 2010. Mac was the youngest of nine children and was predeceased by his brothers Andrew, Philip, Paul, Ralph, and Richard and his sisters Isabel, Mary, and Anne.
Mac was born in Fitchburg, MA on January 21, 1930, son of Thomas and Mary (McCabe) McMurray.
He graduated from St. Bernard's High School where he was senior class president. Mac loved being a member of the Shamrock Club. He graduated from Fitchburg State Teacher's College, now Fitchburg State University, with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. He also served as president of his senior class in college. He received his Masters' Degree in Education from Worcester State Teacher's College, now Worcester State University. He was affiliated with several professional and educational organizations.
Between 1954 and 1955, he served with the United States Army in Korea. Mac's professional career as an educator spanned 25 years, all of them spent in the Northbridge Public Schools. He served in the roles of a Special Education Teacher at Plummer School, a Primary School Supervisor, and Principal of the W. Edward Balmer School. In 1974 he served as the Director of the Blackstone Valley Special Education Collaborative. His passion for helping children led him to establish a summer camp in Bellingham for the enjoyment of children with developmental disabilities throughout the region. As a member of Saint Mary Parish, Uxbridge, Mac served on the pre-Cana Team, was a lector, a Bishop's Fund worker and a member of the Parish Council. The Knights of Columbus Mumford Council #365 bestowed upon him an honorary life membership. For 40 years, Mac was involved with Saint Mary School in Uxbridge, now Our Lady of the Valley School. He helped to establish the school volunteering his services as an educational consultant and then as a member of the Board of Governors. He was honored for his work in helping to regionalize the school by being awarded the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal.
As a longtime resident of Uxbridge, Mac was involved as a member of the Council on Aging at the Uxbridge Senior Center. He also volunteered his services with the VNA of Greater Milford and Whitney Place Assisted Living in Westborough. Throughout his life, Mac enthusiastically shared many activities with family and friends including good food, dining out, camping, playing cards, playing tennis, music - Johnny Cash was a favorite - and spending summers at the family camp in Maine. He also enjoyed traveling and experienced wonderful family vacations in Costa Rica and Ireland on several occasions. Over the years, he especially enjoyed baseball having played in high school and in the Army and coached the Northbridge High School baseball team. He rarely missed watching the Red Sox play on television. Mac engaged in all kinds of fun and was loved by all who knew him for his gentle nature and wonderful and enduring sense of humor. The family extends their sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Lester Mietkiewicz and his office staff as well as his home health aide, Judy Charron, for their kindness and patient, loving care. The family would also like to thank VNA Care Network & Hospice for the continuing care they provided.
His funeral will be held Thurs. Feb. 27 from Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Rd. with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 71 Mendon St. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wed. Feb. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thurs. Feb. 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mac's memory to Our Lady of the Valley School, 77 Mendon Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit