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James Willoughby Murray

July 11, 1939 - August 16, 2019

James Willoughby Murray, 80, of Flat Rock, NC, and Naples, FL, formerly of Rocky River, Ohio died on August 16, 2019 at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC.  Son of the late Howard Murray and Elsie Willoughby Murray, Jim graduated from Rocky River High School and Ohio Northern University.  In addition to his parent…read more

James Willoughby Murray, 80, of Flat Rock, NC, and Naples, FL, formerly of Rocky River, Ohio died on August 16, 2019 at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC.  Son of the late Howard Murray and Elsie Willoughby Murray, Jim graduated from Rocky River High School and Ohio Northern University.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife Darlene Piper Murray.

 

Following college Jim spent three years in the U S Navy in Japan as a cryptographic intelligence expert.  He then joined the family business, a manufacturers agency which he and his brother Mike bought and ran until their retirement. An active Great Lakes boater, he served as Commodore of the Cleveland Yachting Club and was a member of the Catawba Island Club.  He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

 

Several years after his first wife’s death, Jim married Joan Norris Schwinkendorf and they moved to Pelican Bay in Naples, Florida.  Jim and Joan were active volunteers at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis – Naples) and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where Jim served as President of the volunteer corps and on the Conservancy Board of Directors.   A private pilot, he also served as Vice Chairman of the Collier County Airport Authority and later its advisory board.  In 2016 they moved to Flat Rock, in the mountains of Western North Carolina, to be closer to their children.

 

Jim and Joan enjoyed travel, especially small ship cruising, and visited over 50 countries and territories and all seven continents.

 

In addition to his wife Joan and brother Michael Murray and his wife Susan; Jim is survived by his son Todd Murray of Rock Hill, SC; a daughter Laurel Hurd and her husband Jon of Roswell, GA; and three grandchildren:  Owen, Kate, and Megan Hurd.  He is also survived by Joan’s daughter Susan Bigley and her husband Todd of Saluda, NC and their daughter Madeline; Joan’s son Jon Schwinkendorf and his wife Shari; and his children Broc, Travis and Shelby, grandson Blake, and Joan’s daughter-in-law Elizabeth Schwinkendorf (the late Scott) and her sons Christopher and Mitchell.

 

All services will be private.  The family suggests contributions in James’s memory to: Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102.

 

 

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