We Remember

"Up, up the long delirious burning blue; I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew; And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high, untrespassed sanctity of space; Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."


Man of Avon: Dennis G. Murray ’72

Nov. 14, 1953 – Feb. 29, 2020

Dennis G. Murray passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 66 years of age.

The son of the late Charles and Margaret (McGrath) Murray, Dennis was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He is a graduate of Chelsea High School and Boston University.  An exemplary athlete, Dennis played both baseball and football but experienced his greatest successes on the football field. He was awarded the 1970 Thom McAn Most Valuable Player Trophy for his performance during that year’s Chelsea-Everett Game. His high school career was further recognized by Chelsea High School when he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Dennis continued his education at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut and attended Boston University on a full Football Scholarship. He graduated from BU with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching and physical therapy. 

He married the former Anne T. Sweeney and together raised a daughter and son from their family home in Chelsea. Dennis worked for the Chelsea Public School System as grade eight science teacher, retiring in 2006 after 25 years teaching. 

Dennis’s love of sports and science extended past his own career and into his interest, he was a Boston sports fan and science fiction and fantasy enthusiast. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Anne T. (Sweeney) Murray.  He was the devoted father of Kathleen Murray and her husband, William Crafts of Saugus, William Murray and his wife, Elissa Murray of Peabody and the cherished grandfather of Connor Crafts, Amy and Brayden Murray. He was the dear brother of Charles “Chucky” Murray of Chelsea and the late Marie St. John of Florida.  

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Anthony Memorial – Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of their choice. 


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