Murray A. Gonzalez

Died: Thu., Oct. 8, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 13, 2020
Location: Machnowski Funeral Home 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 14, 2020
Location: St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 565 County St., New Bedford, MA 02740

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New Bedford – Murray A. Gonzalez, 68, of New Bedford, died Thursday, October 8, 2020 at home.  He was the loving husband of Catherine (Morello) Gonzalez.  They were married 44 years.
     Born in Bronx, NY, son of the late German Gonzalez and Maria (Rios) Rivera, he lived in New Bedford for most of his life.  He was employed as a correctional officer at Walpole State Prison for 27 years.
     Murray was president of the New Bedford Revolver and Rifle Club for the past 17 years and member of Moose Lodge 914.  He enjoyed watching football, especially the Patriots and the Mets and science fiction movies.  Most of all, he loved his family.
     He is survived by his wife, Catherine; a son, Anthony Gonzalez and wife, Kathy; 2 daughters, Domenica Gonzalez and Tara Dwelly and husband, Ben; 1 grandson, Patrick Dwelly; 4 sisters, Rosie Rivera, Gloria Rios and husband, Eddie, Ana Gonzalez and Judy Talavera; and his step-mother, Anne Gonzalez.
     He was the brother of the late Luis Rivera, Jr. and step-son of the late Luis Rivera.
     Visitation is 4 to 7 P.M., Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  His funeral Mass is at 11 A.M. Wednesday in St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford.
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Leslie Lopes
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Kathy, and all the family.Murray was a kind, sweet, man who will definitely be missed by many. May you RIP Murray!

Delilah Morhy
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
My most heartfelt condolences, thoughts & prayers are with you during this most difficult time. No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. Someone so special can never be forgotten. May the memories of Murray help you find peace!🙏 Sincerely, Delilah

Dove Avylla
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
Murray was one of the most fun-loving, happy go lucky guys. He loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed. Many hearts are in pieces at his passing 💔

Linda, Kenny , Brooke Garcia
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
Cathy our deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Our hearts break for you and your family. He was the sweetest and best man. Prayers and hugs to you. He will be missed. Love Linda, Kenny and Brooke. ❤️❤️🙏😂

John Whelan
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
To a great friend I met at Walpole State Prison, he was a great officer and always had your back like old school corrections susppose to be. I work with on the 11/7 shift 10 block I cant say enough about aka Tiny. A true friend always RIP brother MURRAY.

Linda garcia
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
Sorry. 😢😢😢

Skip Hayes
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
Dear Cathy, Nicky, Tara, Anthony, and Patrick. This is so unexpected and sad. My best friend had been taken way to soon. I’ll miss Murray always. Be consoled by the wonderful memories.

Joe, Flo and Allison
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
Our sincere condolences to you Cathy, Anthony,Tara and Nikki. Murray was such a great man and a great friend. We enjoyed the time we have spent together. He will be truly missed. We are always here for you and your family! Rest In Peace Murray! God Bless!

Csaba G. Revasz
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
My condolences to the family. I enjoyed working with him for many years in corrections. Rest In Peace friend.

Norman Frenette
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss,you have my deepest sympathy and condolences.Such a great loss to our society.Murray was a great guy with a magnificent personality.Great loss to us all.He was a brother correctional officer to me also.Remember crossing paths a couple of times at the Keltic Kitchen in Yarmouth.Again my deepest condolences.Meet Murray again in heaven.God bless

Erica Souza Trahan
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
Cathy, Nikki, Tara, Anthony...
Words can not express how heart-broken I am for all of you after hearing the news. I have not stopped thinking of you. Murray was one of the nicest, kindest most giving men I’ve known... Heart of gold just like each and every one of you. He will always be with you, each and every day. There will be signs... Recognizing them & know it is him telling you that he is ok, he’s there & he loves you all so very much and I am here if you ever need ANYTHING!
~With all my heart,

Ydalmi Rodriguez
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
Dear Cathy, Nikki, Tara, Patrick, Anthony and the entire family the most profound condolences for the loss of my cousin Murray. So soon, so unexpected. May you be comforted by family and friends and by the Grace of God. Love you much.

Gilbert and Anne Rapoza
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
We are very sorry for your loss. Murray was a good friend of our son Rodney and ourselfs. He will be greatly missed

Scott and Linda Avylla
   Posted Sat October 10, 2020
Cathy, Tara, Ben, Patrick, Nikki and Anthony we are sorry for the sudden loss of a great Husband, Father and Pa that he was to all of you. Murray was the Best of the Best and will be missed more than any words can say. We will reflect back on ALL the parties, birthdays, graduations, weddings and the backyard parties for memories that will be forever in our hearts 💕 Murray was more to us than a friend he was our family that we loved !

Gloria Rios
   Posted Sun October 11, 2020

Our Dearest Bother
You “are” our inspiration always. Your Love for Rosie and me lifted us up and gave us much happiness even in our lowest days. Your love for Eddie showed us how truly you “are” the most wonderful Brother the Three of us could ever have.

Brad Anselmo
   Posted Sun October 11, 2020
It is sad to have heard the news. Murray was a great man and gave many hours of his time to several organizations. He was dedicated to his family and friends. He will be missed by many.

Robert And Cheryl Pires
   Posted Sun October 11, 2020
We are deeply saddened by your loss. Cathy he loved you so much if you knew him you know how much family meant to him. He was a kind and funny man who was taken too soon but will not be forgotten. You are in our prayers 🙏🙏

David Netinho
   Posted Sun October 11, 2020

Tender Thoughts was sent by Dave and Mary Netinho.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief, Dave & Mary Netinho

Jim Lawrence
   Posted Sun October 11, 2020
My condolence to the family and friends of Murry. I only knew him from the gun club.

Linda Ginis
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020

Jade Joy was sent by Linda and James Ginis.

Our beloved Murray We are always thinking of you forever! Love Cousin in law Linda and James

Sabrina Catania and Family
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
Dear Cathy, Nikki, Tar, Ben, Patrick, Anthony and Kathy,

Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. We will all miss Murray’s warm smile and sense of humor. He was a great man, husband, father and grandfather. May he rest in eternal peace. Sending our love and prayers.

Xox Sabrina, Steven, and kids

   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
I posted yesterday but post hasn't shown. Murray was a wonderful husband and father. He was loved by many people. He will be greatly missed by all. He always had a smile on his face and was very sincere. Meagan and I will miss him very much. Love and prayers to Cathy, Tara, Nikki,Anthony and all the rest of his family. I wish I could be there.



Bob Joseph
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
Sincere sympathy to Murray's family. I knew him from NBRRC where he always made everyone feel welcome. He will be missed.

Nancy Castino
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
We are saddened to learn of Murray's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Cathy, and your family. From The Castino family
(GS Red Rose Troop #1).

Marylou Gallop
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
We were so sorry to find out about Murray's passing. So sorry for your loss.
Bill and Marylou Gallop

Jennifer Sousa
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
Cathy, Nikki, Tara, Anthony and Patrick, I don’t even have words to describe how sad I am that Murray was taken from us all so suddenly. I will miss his smile and his energy at every Casteel party (Not to mention his amazing dance moves)! I know he danced his way up to the heavens. Keith and I send you all hugs and may his most fun, memorable times be in your thought always. Sincerely, Jenn and Keith

Michael Avelar
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020

Jade Joy was sent by Troop 3, New Bedford .

Sending our heartfelt condolences. Troop 3, New Bedford

Bonny, Dennis, Kathy & Bud
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
Dear Cathy, Tara, Ben and Patrick. Our heartfelt condolences to you. Such a tragic loss of a wonderful man. He always seemed happy and smiling. He will be sorely missed ❤️

Ken Rezendes
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
Cathy and family,
So sorry to hear of Murray's passing. Nothing but great memories back in the day at Medeiros Bus Company and the crazy Christmas parties. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

John Farinola
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020

Roses are Red Deluxe was sent by Louis and Linda Farinola's Children.

We all loved Murray for the kindness he showed us Farinolas and especially for the smile he put on our Cathy's face. He is remembered fondly. Love, Christina Louise and Neil Carter/ John Vito and Maryam Farinola/ Stephen Mario and Michelle Farinola

Janice August Knights of Columbus
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Murray was one of a kind, and will always be remembered .
Love Janice

   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Shocked to hear of Murray’s passing. My condolences to Cathy and family. He was a true gentleman and a great family man. Had the pleasure of being in the Walpole carpool with Murray for many years. A solid brother officer. Safe travels, my friend. Peace.

Diane Fernandes
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
My sincere sympathy to Cathy, Tara and the family. May you all be blessed with peace and great memories.

Kelly Brown-Barrows & Chris Barrows
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Our hearts goes to the family. Murray will be missed very much. We had some amazing times. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Megan Owens
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Sympathies and prayers. Murry was the kindest person I ever had the pleasure to work with.

Laura Chevalier
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
I am so saddened by this news! Murray was a nice man and always supportive of his wonderful kids. You are all in my prayers as you go forward. Where there is hope there is faith.

Dan Pires
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
My condolences to Murray's family . I had the pleasure of working with Murray at Walpole, always a smile. Rest In Peace my friend.

Cheryl Johnson
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Auntie Cathy, Nikki, Anthony, Tara, Patrick

I am heartbroken for you, this is a great loss for our family. Uncle Murray was a great presence in my life (when my Dad could not be). I am so grateful to have had him in my life, he was a wonderful example of a good man, a family man...always there for every event in my life & my childrens' lives. May his memory be a blessing & bring us all comfort. Rest in Heaven Uncle Murray

Alissa Borges
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Murray was as everyone has described. Kind, Fun, Caring, Supportive. Always something clever and funny to say with a laugh unlike any other, that was also second to none. He was the one you wanted to sit next to and talk with. Murray was nothing short of incredible. A respectable man with the kindest smile. The devotion to his family was simply admired by those who were blessed to be witness to it. Murray, we will miss you.
Cathy, Tara, Ben, Patrick, Nicky & Anthony, We are so terribly sorry for your loss. We pray that all the loving memories will comfort you during this time. Know that our hearts are with you, not just today but always. We love you. ~ Love Shawn, Alissa, Landon & Izzy

Trisha Monteiro
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Murray's passing. Although, we worked together for a short while, he was such a nice man. Always greeted you with a smile and warmth. My condolences and prayers go out to his family. May god bless you all in this time of sorrow.

Melissa Kucharski
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Cathy, Tara and Family. May the love and memories you have comfort you during this difficult time. All My love

Cheryl Viveiros
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Cathy, Nicky, Tara, Anthony and the entire family,

We are so very sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. He was a great man and will be missed by all.

Nora Marinelli
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Sincere condolences to You, Cathy, and Nikki, Tara and Anthony. I was Very sad to learn this news. Know that Murray will always be with you.
Love and prayers, The Marinelli Family

Mandy Teixeira
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
With Deepest Sympathy
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I can't begin to imagine the pain and heartache you would be going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lu-Ann and Tony Mello
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Dear Cathy and family,
We just heard about Murray's passing and wanted to send our condolences to you. Murray was such a true friend to our brother in law Larry Teixeira and we will always remember all he did for Larry. May your memories bring you and your family comfort during this difficult time.

Larry and Sheila Kirby
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of Murray’s passing. Our condolences to your family.

Kathy Rezendes
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Kathy, my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please know people love and support you especially during the most difficult times.

moira tierney
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Dear Cathy, Nikki, Tara and Anthony,

I just learned of Murray's untimely death. I am heartbroken. Murray was a kind and gentle soul and I always felt better every time I saw him. I am so very sorry.

Moira Tierney

Debra Lauzon
   Posted Thu October 15, 2020
Dear Cathy & Family, Wayne and I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to you. May God ease your burden at this difficult time. Murray was a great guy. May he Rest In Peace.

Mel Davis
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
How great it was after many years to meet up again with Murray,Cathy, Nikki at Comic-Con last year [2019]. Murry had not changed one bit from the first time i met him and how great is that. We were to meet up again this year once again at Comic-Con when the virus cancelled out everything and the last opportunity to see Murray again was lost and im feel really bad Murray was a great guy. My heart goes out to Cathy and the family for a loss that was irreplaceable to her as well as all who were so fortunate to know Murray. RIP. my friend, im glad i knew you.

Ann Koczera
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Cathy and family. So sorry to hear about your loss . You are a great family and anyone having the honor and privilege to know you , is truly lucky. Things happen that we can’t understand or explain but our faith in God and the love ❤️ and compassion of family and friends helps us thru. I attended the funeral and it was beautiful. The songs were perfect and very uplifting. Cathy these times are tough, take as much time as you need, but please don’t loose your wonderful caring loving generous personality that makes you YOU. The world needs people like you. Your family needs you. I need you. All our sympathies and. Love. Ann and Wendy

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