William A. Murgatroy Jr. | Obituary


William A. Murgatroy Jr. LEMPSTER, NH – We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of William (Bill) Andrew Murgatroy Jr., 75, on September 26, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born on May 4, 1947 at Carrie F. Wright Hospital in Newport, NH. He was the eldest of four children born to William A. Murgatroy Sr. and Ida May (Holmes) Murgatroy. He attended schools in Newport, graduating from Towle High School in 1965. Bill attended machinist school after graduation and worked for Micro Precision Machine Co. in Sunapee before joining the Army American. He served in the 9th Infantry Division in South Vietnam as a decorated marksman and squad leader, receiving a battlefield promotion to the rank of sergeant. He was hired by the New England Telephone Company shortly after his stint in the service to work as a communications technician. Following the Bell System breakup, he received an offer of early retirement from Bell Atlantic Telephone in 1998 after 30 years of service. For the next ten years he worked part-time as an electrician with GO Electric of Cornish, NH and his own company, The Phone Pro. He was a handyman, carpenter, and later a Bob Ross landscape painter. Bill also operated a gunsmithing business, customizing and fitting stocks for the trap shooting community. He was always a competitive shooter in many disciplines and enjoyed target shooting, archery and muzzleloader hunting. In 1999, he and his brother entered the Grand American World Trapshooting Contest held in Vandalia, OH. He was an outdoorsman who hunted turkeys each spring and could often be seen fishing along the banks of the Cold River at Acworth. He enjoyed visiting the Minot Farm in West Bath, NH for over forty years. It was his second home. He was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and a life member of VFW Post 771 of Springfield, VT. In addition to being a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the New Apostolic Church in Claremont, he was a former Lempster selector and a member of the Lempster Historical Society. Bill was an avid New England Patriots fan. He has written numerous articles for local publications and is the author of several historical novels, including a memoir of his time in the Vietnam War. He loved his German Shorthaired Pointers, Misty and Amy, and they were his constant companions. Bill is survived by his wife, Linda Young Murgatroy, his siblings David Murgatroy (Pamela) of Sunapee, Brenda Minot (William) of Bath, NH and Bonnie Murgatroy of Sunapee, his stepsons Paul Buskey of Springfield, VT, and Ryan Buskey of Charlotte, NC. and grandchildren Reagan, Parker, Anna and Alexa Buskey, and Aunt Selfried ‘Tunie’ McClelland and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in New London, NH at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022 with a reception to follow at Cleveland Hall. Interment will be in East Lempster Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London is making arrangements. The funeral can be viewed online by visiting the church’s website at https://www.firstbaptistchurchnewlondon.org/ In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritans Purse.Org c/o Operation Heal our Patriots, or at the Wounded Warriors Project.


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