Murray was the first child of John Murray and Mary Reynolds. He was
born in the family home in Derrykenny, County Fermanagh on February 8,
1942. James was baptized at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in
Newtownbutler. He went to school to learn to be a chef in Banville,
County Down. James worked at the Stortmont Hotel in Belfast as a chef.
Photo: James working courtesy
of Mary Reynolds Murray.
James was coming home
from Colraine for his mother's birthday April 16, 1990. He had taken
the bus from Colraine to Maguiresbridge. He missed the next bus
connection, from Maguiresbridge to Derrykenny, so he decided to walk the
nine miles from Maguiresbridge to his mothers house in Derrykenny.
While walking beside the road, carrying his mother's birthday gift, Jim
who was her eldest son was struck by a car and killed. He was buried in
the Murray family plot in the yard of Saint Mary's in Newtownbutler
alongside his grandparents his father and his brother Andrew.