Obituary of Vincent P. Murray

November 25, 2022

Vincent Paul Murray died on November 25th, 2022, at the age of 71, surrounded by family and loved ones.  Vincent spent a lifetime building relationships. His piercing blue eyes, dapper style and kind heart will leave an enduring legacy with everyone he touched.

Vincent was born in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, NY to parents Rita and Matthew Murray, as the youngest of his five siblings, Dr. Thomas Murray, Rita (Dennis) Meyer, Matthew (Hazel) Murray, Peter (Abigail) Murray, and Christopher (Carlotta) Murray. His early education was at St. Gabriel’s School in Riverdale before attending Loyola High School in Manhattan, where he competed in track and basketball.  Vincent received a B.A. in Business from Georgetown University in 1973.  Following graduation, he returned to New York taking a job with Manufacturers Hanover, before entering the Salomon Brothers training program where he was hired as a bond trader in 1977, commencing his 44-year career on Wall Street.  He loved the business but, even more, he loved the people.

Vincent’s passions were his family, horses and the New York Giants.  A devoted Giants fan from childhood, he was a season ticket holder since they moved from Yankee Stadium.  Vincent’s love for horseracing was as a spectator, dedicated owner and breeder.  By age 14 he was working at the New York racetracks as a hot walker and warmup rider in the mornings, and parking cars for his father’s Olympic Parking in the afternoons.  As a fan, he attended 36 of the 39 Breeders Cup Championships and could be found every August at the place he called “heaven”, Saratoga Racetrack.  With his brother, Dr. Thomas Murray, Vincent bred and raced horses, including Montauk Stakes winner, Here Comes Rita.

Vincent is survived by his life partner, Mary Jo Fitzpatrick (affectionately known as Jody), his children Vincent (Tricia) Murray, Michael (Caitlin) Murray, and Rita (Jared) GeBauer, his grandchildren, Caroline, Robert, Calum, Faye, and Luke, the mother of his children, Rita Gardner Murray, and his life partner’s children, Kelly (Chad) Fitzgerald, Alissa Fitzpatrick, and Laura (Rob) Cranford along with Jody’s four grandchildren and Vincent’s many beloved nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10am Friday, December 2nd at St. Vincent Ferrer (869 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10065).  In lieu of flowers Vincent’s family has requested donations be made to Lenox Hill Hospital (support of Varinder Singh, MD Cardiovascular Care) or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Funeral Services

Funeral Mass

December 2, 2022

10:00 AM

St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church

869 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10065

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I was shocked and saddened to learn of Vinny's passing when I read the Wall Street Journal. I was a friend of Vinny's at St. Gabriel's in the Bronx. I have great memories with Vinny at the Murray household in Fieldston many years ago. I remember a few sleep overs and having Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. I recall shooting hoops on the basketball court and being told to stay off the putting green in the back yard. There were a few trips as Cub Scouts and also a Giants football game at old Yankee Stadium. I fondly remember the fun we had way back when and hope the best for the entire family. A donation to Memorial Sloane Kettering has been made in his name. Jim and Irene McNamara, 6324 E. Nutrioso Pass, Cave Creek, AZ 85331.

Posted by: James McNamara - Cave Creek, Arizona - Friend January 23, 2023