William “Bill” Murray
April 24, 1961 - November 29, 2019
William “Bill” Murray, age 58, of Newark, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 29, 2019. Bill was dearly loved by all of his family; he will be greatly missed.
Bill was born in Ridley Park, PA, on April 24, 1961 to William W. Murray and Juanita M. Murray. After attending Avon Grove High School in Pennsylvania, Bill graduated from the University of Delaware in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He then returned to the University to earn a bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry in 1988. Bill began his career at Hercules and then worked at DuPont for 18 years in R&D, as well as new organic product development. While working for DuPont, Bill developed the chemistry for new organic herbicides and was awarded patents in 1995, 1998 and 1999; was published four times for new product development; received the Six Sigma Greenbelt award; and received seven major monetary awards. He then worked at Agilent as a Quality Assurance lead and technician for 5 years. Most recently, Bill was employed as a Senior Technician at Adedis.
An avid fisherman, Bill spent many days fishing in the spring, summer and fall. He especially enjoyed fishing from a boat in the ocean but also enjoyed surf fishing, as well as fresh water fishing, earning citations for record catches. Bill also went on many hunting trips with his father, grandfather, uncle and brother from an early age and continued to hunt for many years. He enjoyed target shooting as well.
Bill was preceded in death by his only daughter, Ami R. Murray, on November 11, 2017; all four of his grandparents, an uncle and several cousins.
He is survived by his parents, William and Juanita Murray; his brother, Robert Murray, and wife, Michele Murray; his sister, Karen Reuschlein and husband, Scott; his nephews and nieces, Joshua Murray, Amber Willey and husband, Matthew Willey, Casey Murray, Justin Reuschlein; a great-nephew, Dominic Willey; and a great-niece, Savannah Willey. Bill is also survived by three aunts, uncles and their spouses, along with several cousins.
It was Bill’s desire to be cremated. A Celebration of his Life and spreading of his ashes will occur in the summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s name may be sent to Teen Challenge, 329 East Wistor Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19144.