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David Lindley Murray, Jr.

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 21, 2020 @ 1:31 pm In Obituaries | 48 Comments

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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn David Lindley Murray, Jr., 40. He passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 18th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. 

Dave is survived by his wife, Shirley, his sons, Noah (12), Ethan (8), and his precious pups, Penny and Creed, of Millersville, PA.   

Dave was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He was the son of David L. Murray, Sr. (wife, Rita) of Newark, DE and Gayle J. Wysock (husband, Joseph) of Lancaster, PA.   Additionally, he was survived by two brothers, Aaron Murray and Jonathan Murray and a sister Meghan (Murray) Schwed and many extended family members.  Last, but not least, Dave is survived by a multitude of loving friends who felt like family. 

An entrepreneur at heart, Dave was the founder of Good Spirits Lancaster and a leader in the hospitality industry.   He was an avid supporter for all local small businesses and non-profit organizations in Lancaster County.   Dave was a man of great passion and love. His legacy will go on as he was an organ donor and was able to provide the gift of life to others.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Bluestone Estate, 30-A Refton Road, Willow Street, PA 17584 at 2:00 PM.    All friends are encouraged to wear a mask and Dave’s favorite color, royal blue.   Additionally, all guests are encouraged to bring a written memory or story that will be shared at a later date with Dave’s children.  

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Arch Street Center at 629 N. Market St., Lancaster, PA. 17603 in memory of David L. Murray. Donations can be made at https://archstreetcenter.org/donate/. Arch Street Center provides a safe, caring and judgement-free space for adults with mental health issues.   The family wishes to support this organization, who helps to remove the stigma surrounding mental health illness and encourage those who are silently suffering to seek and accept support.   To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit: www.DeBordSnyder.com

Condolences for the family of “David Lindley Murray, Jr.”

Condolence from Linda coleman on September 21st, 2020 2:39 pm

We are so sorry . Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Aunt Dolores and Family.

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 8:54 pm

Thank you Aunt Donnie & Linda, Love you

Condolence from Chris Landis on September 21st, 2020 2:44 pm

My thoughts are with Dave and his family. I came to know Dave as a teammate with the Atlantic Coast Patriot Football team. Through the years I encountered him in the hospitality industry. Great joy to be around. Everyone will miss him.

Condolence from Karen Messick on September 21st, 2020 3:02 pm

Dave was a gentle soul with a heart too big for this world.

Condolence from Constance Garrett on September 21st, 2020 3:15 pm

My deepest sympathy to the families, especially to his Mother Gayle and brother Aaron. I pray that you find peace through your faith in God.
Remember I am only a phone call away if you need love and support.

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 10:20 am

Connie: I only have God to get me thru. I will take you up on that phone call. I can see David & I on your diving board when we were trying to teach “Tiggy” to dive with his legs straight!

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 10:27 am

Thanks Connie I only have my Faith to rely on right now. I can see David & I trying to teach “Tiggy” to dive with his legs straight @ your pool.

Condolence from Michelle Dextras on September 21st, 2020 3:24 pm

My condolences to family and friends. I’ve known David all his life. His mother Gayle is my best friend. She was a great, loving mother to both her sons. Prayers to all.

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 1:56 pm

Thanks Michelle: All those weekends we spent together when they were little, seems like yesterday!

Condolence from Patricia (McIntire) Heller on September 21st, 2020 3:49 pm

Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you, your sons and the entire Murray family. God Bless all of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Abby (Deen) Pellegrino on September 21st, 2020 4:10 pm

I’m still in utter shock of this loss. Dave was always kind to EVERYONE and had a smile that would light up any room. May he live on in everyone’s hearts and memories and never be forgotten. Fly high Dave

Condolence from Allyson & Dean on September 21st, 2020 4:35 pm

This is still so unimaginable and we are truly sorry for the loss of such a great person! We keep you, Shirley & the boys in our thoughts and prayers.
We are unable to attend the memorial physically but we’ll be there in spirit!

Condolence from Carol Connelly on September 21st, 2020 4:55 pm

My deepest sympathy for the family. May God bless you during thud difficult time. Shirley Murray is my dear cousin.

Condolence from Annette Lander on September 21st, 2020 6:47 pm

Thoughts and prayers
From Annette,Jimmy, Joey,Rose and Mrs.James Ewing

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 4:06 pm

Thank you so very much

Condolence from Sandy (Potts) Alexander on September 21st, 2020 7:27 pm

Gayle, so sorry for your loss. May GOD be with you during this difficult time.


Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 1:59 pm

Thanks Sandy, All I have is my Faith now David is with our Father in Heaven

Condolence from MomMom Shirley Ann Murray on September 21st, 2020 7:39 pm

To My Granddaughter – law,Shirley Ann Murray and my two wonderful Great Grandsons,Noah and Ethan,I love you so much and I am so sorry for your loss of husband and Daddy.This is a tremendous loss to all the Murray Family. Shirley,I remember when you and David were dating.He called me one day and said “Mommom, guess what.Im dating a girl named Shirley,Shirley Ann,just like you. He was so excited to tell me that.And then a year or so later,the two of you were married and you became Shirley Ann Murray,just like me and I loved that. God is taking care of you and your precious young sons with a love and comfort that only He can give.That is the only way that we can all make it through this.DAVID,my dear grandson,I love and miss you so much.I know your smile is shining in heaven.

Condolence from Lily Williams on September 21st, 2020 7:41 pm

My deepest sympathy to you, Shirley, and the whole family. Dave was a generous, kind and gentle soul who will be missed by many.

Condolence from Stacey Brown on September 21st, 2020 7:41 pm

Shirley, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Lori & Steve Weaver on September 21st, 2020 9:01 pm

We are so very sorry & shocked to hear of Dave’s passing… We are grateful to have known Dave through our mutual friendship with Chris & Nikki Dommel. We’re thankful for the opportunity to share some special outings together with Shirley… Throughout the short time we have known Dave, we found him to be such a fun, energetic & generous soul. He will be missed greatly. Our hearts go out to all his family & friends wishing peace ✨through happy memories

Condolence from Ellen Finger on September 21st, 2020 9:07 pm

My deepest condolences to all of Dave’s family and friends. Thank you so much for talking about mental health and raising awareness of issues that affect so many. I’m sure Dave would be appreciative of the courage and love you are all showing during this really difficult time.

Condolence from The Wainmans on September 21st, 2020 9:44 pm

Dave was a great father, and a very generous soul. We send our deepest symphathy.

Condolence from Jeannette Creger on September 21st, 2020 10:22 pm

My deepest condolences to you (Gayle) and family. So sorry about the loss of your son, Dave. My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time and our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours…

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 4:04 pm

Thank you so much Jeannette

Condolence from William and Miriam Funk on September 21st, 2020 10:54 pm

Bill and I are so sad. Our hearts are with Shirley and all the Murrays and all of David’s family.

Condolence from Susan France on September 22nd, 2020 7:51 am

Dave was a sweet guy. May he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Andrea and Michael Smith on September 22nd, 2020 8:00 am

Our deepest sympathy to Dave’s family and his many friends. Dave was so welcoming and generous to us and to all he encountered. His energy and spirit will be missed. Wishing the family peace at this time.

Condolence from Wanda Gregg (Brandi’s mom) on September 22nd, 2020 9:01 am

I am so sorry for your loss…and what a loss. I remember Dave and Aaron from back in the YP days. Although I don’t know you (his family), I do know the struggles and heartbreak that come with mental illness. My heart breaks for all of you and I am praying for you. Be kind to yourselves during this difficult time.

Condolence from Terrie Kreis on September 22nd, 2020 9:20 am

I knew Dave through a business relationship. He was always kind, generous and was completely engaged as an integral part of the Lancaster community. He will be greatly missed. My heart and prayers to all of his immediate and extended family. May his “good spirit” comfort you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Lisa Connelly Groff on September 22nd, 2020 11:31 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort during this hard time.

Condolence from Melissa and Dan Ostrowski on September 22nd, 2020 12:45 pm

We are sad about Dave’s passing. He always had a big smile and warm hello. We hope that loving memories can provide some comfort.

Condolence from Bonita Klinedinst on September 22nd, 2020 12:58 pm

My dear Gayle, my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray God’s peace for you all.
Love and Hugs, Bonita

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 4:08 pm

Thank you Bonita I have to rely on God now more than ever

Condolence from The Reynolds Family on September 22nd, 2020 6:33 pm

May God’s peace be with you during this most difficult time. Although we did not know Dave well, we could tell he was a very nice guy and loving father. Our youngest son played baseball over the summer with Ethan for Penn Manor and Dave was always there with enough water and ice for the whole team, helping Ethan with his catcher’s gear and cheering him on. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, and especially his two young sons. Wishing all of you love and peace.

Condolence from Laura Rossdo on September 22nd, 2020 8:13 pm

To lose a loved one is a very difficult time. I can not imagine losing a child. Our kids had some very wonderful times together when growing up. I can’t believe Dave is no longer here on this earth. But I’m a firm believer that his spirit will always be with us. God bless you Gayle! I love you!

Condolence from Gayle on September 22nd, 2020 8:52 pm

Laura: Our children had some great times growing up & we had a lot of laughs with them. There was never a dull moment that is for sure. I love you Laura, Thank you

Condolence from The Hutchinson Family on September 23rd, 2020 10:26 am

We were shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. May your loving memories help sustain you through this unimaginable time. You and the boys will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Judy Guy and family on September 23rd, 2020 4:03 pm

To the families of David Murray. The Murray Families have been a part of my family for over 60 years, Watching every generation through the years, starting with Great grandmom Shirley. I know How much she loved her children , grandchildren and then great grand children. Its with a heavy heart I send my prayers to all of you.

Condolence from Lisa Stetler on September 24th, 2020 5:09 am

I am beyond sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs to you and your boys. You are in my thoughts.
Lisa Stetler

Condolence from Ann Marie M Bomenka on September 24th, 2020 10:45 am

My deepest condolence goes out to the Murray family on the passing of Dave.
I knew Dave from dealing with him from his business of “Good Spirits”, he was a kind and gentle person, and always looking to help anyone. May your memories of him stay in your hearts and get you through this most difficult time.

Ann Marie Bomenka (Ace Rents)

Condolence from Lisa Collins on September 25th, 2020 4:03 pm

No words can express my sorrow for your family’s loss. May the memories bring you comfort in the coming days and years as you move forward.

Condolence from Leonard O Smith Sr. on September 26th, 2020 10:55 am

David(Rita) and Gayle(Joseph) so sorry to here about the loss of your son David Jr. We remember the day he was born and the joy he brought! Such sweet memories to hold on to. Our prayers are with you and your families though this difficult time.

Leonard and Frances Smith

Condolence from Gayle on September 27th, 2020 9:24 pm

Leonard: Thank you so very much!

Condolence from The Reen Family on September 26th, 2020 8:51 pm

My heart breaks for you Shirley. I will keep you and the boys in my daily thoughts prayers. May God surround you all with the peace and strength that only He can provide. Please message me if you ever need to talk or for anything at all.

Condolence from Lesley Davis on September 27th, 2020 11:09 am

My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. So sorry for your loss.

Much love to all!
Lesley Davis

Condolence from Dawn on September 27th, 2020 9:41 pm

We have been praying for you and your boys. Our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. ❤️ Jason, Dawn, Landon and Maddox

Condolence from Suzanne Marino on September 28th, 2020 12:57 pm

My deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time. ♡ ♡ Suzanne Marino

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