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Tom Murray Sr.

Born: November 29th, 1923, Newton Mearns, Scotland
Died: November 29th, 2005, Baton Rouge, LA
Married: September 23rd, 1957 

Tom Murray, Sr., a native of Newton Mearns, Scotland and former Vice President of Operations for Borden Chemical’s Monochem Plant, died November 29th, 2005.  He was 82 years old. He served in the British Royal Air Force and later with the Merchant Navy during the Korean War.  Educated in mechanical engineering at Stow Technical College in Glasgow, he worked for Rolls-Royce Motor Company before immigrating to Canada.  He then worked for Gonzales Chemical in Puerto Rico and Borden Chemical in Brazil.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Claire Dubuc Murray; daughter Ruth Murray Pechon and husband C.L. Pechon; son Thomas Murray and wife Debbie; brother Danny Murray and wife Hilda of Newton Mearns, Scotland; and three grandchildren: Paul & Ryan Heard and Tommy Murray.  A Mason, Tom was a founding member of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, inaugural Pipe Major of the Caledonian Pipes & Drums, a long-time member of Clan Murray Society, and on the advisory panel for the Louisiana Highland Games. Memorial services will be officiated by Michael Clark of St. Francisville, Louisiana, a long-time family friend, with piping honors performed by Dudley-Brian Smith of Smithfield Fair.  Tom Murray appeared in concert a number of times with the Scottish-American group Smithfield Fair and appeared as a narrator on the group's "Burns Night Out" and "The Winter Kirk" albums.  Tom Murray was ever proud of being Scottish and was last home in 2004.

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