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Thomas C. Murray

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Murray, Thomas C., 78, Johnstown, passed away at Windber Hospital. Born May 11, 1943, in Blairsville, PA, son of the late Howard J. and Elizabeth (Lipsey) Murray. Also preceded in death by brother Joseph F. Murray, and sister-in-law Roberta (Koontz) Clawson. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Bonita (Koontz), daughter Elizabeth Murray Finkelstein, son Tavis Murray (Tara Doutt), sisters Barbara Duffner and Patricia Taylor, brothers Howard Murray (Nita) and Michael Murray (Jennifer), sister-in-law Kathryn Mangus, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. Tom was a graduate of Blairsville High School (Class of 1961) and Clarion University. He was a teacher in the Greater Johnstown School District for over 30 years, and upon retirement served as a tireless volunteer for organizations including the Mountain Laurel Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Somerset County Humane Society, and NAMI. Tom was an avid fly fisherman, lifelong athlete and long-distance runner, and Pittsburgh sports fan. He loved animals and had many dogs and cats throughout his life, including three rescue cats who survive him. Tom was committed to progressive causes, including preserving a clean environment, animal rescue, social justice and fairness to all. Most importantly, Tom was a devoted husband and father. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s honor to organizations which support his ideals, including animal rescue, environmental preservation, and National Trout Unlimited. A celebration of Tom’s life will be announced at a later date. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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