‘Fixture’ at Fatty’s in Breckenridge dies at 52 | SummitDaily.com

‘Fixture’ at Fatty’s in Breckenridge dies at 52

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Special to the Daily Stephen Paul Murray, pictured here with his late wife Joni, passed away last Friday at the age of 52. Murray was a longtime resident of Breckenridge and 20-year employee at Fatty's Pizzeria.

BRECKENRIDGE – A longtime Breckenridge resident, known by many for his creations in the Fatty’s Pizzeria kitchen, passed away late last week.Stephen Paul Murray died at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver on Friday.He was 52.

Murray, known as Murr by his friends, worked at Fatty’s in Breckenridge for about 20 years and was one of the restaurant’s longest-tenured employees. He was famous for his New England clam chowder, chicken pot pies and soups.”He was a fixture,” said Fatty’s owner John Daisy. “Times have changed, but a lot of the old-timers knew Murr from over the years.”He loved fishing, skiing and hunting, and lived a simple life.

“He was a very honest person who lived well within his means. He never wanted much,” Daisy said.Murray was born in 1953 in Niskayuna, N.Y., to John Richard Murray and Janet Murray Robertson.He was a 1971 graduate of Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, N.Y., and a 1975 graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

He moved to Breckenridge in 1978.Murray is survived by his mother of Crystal River, Fla.; his sister, Cathleen A. Murray of Keene, N.Y.; his brother Glenn E. Murray and wife, Laura, of Williamsville, N.Y.; two step-sisters, Diane Warner and her husband, William, of Great Barrington, Mass., and Dale Barbieri of Venice, Fla. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.Murray was preceded in death by his wife Joni, who died in 2001, his father and his step-father, Robert C. Robertson of Crystal River, Fla.A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fatty’s Pizzeria at 106 S. Ridge in Breckenridge.