Golf club owner dies at age 77

 Benjamin F. Murray, 77, of Williston Road, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

He was born in Richmond, Va., July 20, 1927, the son of James and Mary (Pulaski) Murray. On Sept. 13, 1952, he was married in Williston to Shirley M. Talcott. He was the owner/operator of Williston Golf Club Inc. since 1960 and was a member of Williston Federated Church.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley M. Murray of Williston; his son, Jeffrey Murray, also of Williston; three brothers, Richard Johnson of Massachusetts, Thomas Johnson of Arizona, and Kenneth Johnson of Massachusetts; two sisters, Louise Gilpatrick of Connecticut, and Dorothy Beaver of New York; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, James Murray, in June 2004.

Graveside services will be held in the spring in the East End Cemetery in Williston. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Road, Williston, Vt. 05495; or to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Suite 240, P.O. Box 1460, Williston, Vt. 05495.