Fred Murty

Septem­ber 13, 2020

The Times-Tribune - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Strength. Per­se­ver­ance. Ded­i­ca­tion. These three words only be­gin to cap­ture the life of Fredrick Murty, 66, who died on Sun­day, Sept. 13, 2020. To his fam­ily, he was a son, brother, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, nephew and cousin. To so many, he was a de­voted friend. And to over four decades of stu­dents, he was Sen­sei. Fred touched the lives of count­less peo­ple through both his teach­ing and self­less ser­vice for oth­ers.

Fred lived his pas­sions and ex­celled at his en­deav­ors. His legacy be­gan when he founded Murty’s [Olympic] Judo Cen­ter in 1979, which will con­tinue in his name. Fred also taught judo at the Univer­sity of Scran­ton for over 30 years. While his stu­dents’ suc­cesses were in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to him, Fred’s per­sonal suc­cesses were im­pres­sive as well: 6th de­gree black belt mas­ter (roku­dan) in judo, na­tion­ally cer­ti­fied judo in­struc­tor, 5-time Na­tional Masters Judo cham­pion, 21-time Penn­syl­va­nia State Judo cham­pion and triple gold medal­ist, 15-time Key­stone State Games cham­pion, gold medal­ist in the 2007 Penn­syl­va­nia Brazil­ian Ji­u­jitsu Cham­pi­onships (Masters di­vi­sion), summa cum laude grad­u­ate from Mary­wood Col­lege in 1990 with a B.S. in health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, founder of Com­pude­sign Un­lim­ited, and U.S. Cen­sus Bureau rep­re­sen­ta­tive for over 10 years.

Be­yond a re­mark­able ré­sumé, Fred’s most mean­ing­ful im­pact was felt within his com­mu­nity as a life­long res­i­dent of Scran­ton. Al­most three decades ago, he founded a Christ­mas gift­giv­ing pro­gram for chil­dren, sin­gle par­ents, and the el­derly. Fred’s com­pas­sion, depth of char­ac­ter, and gen­eros­ity were ev­i­dent through this an­nual out­reach.

Fred was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Lot­tie Murty Mccann (2007) and Ben­jamin Murty (1975). He is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Joan Murty (John Gaffney); daugh­ters, Bev­erly Murty Warkul­wiz and Vic­to­ria Murty; grand­chil­dren, Eve­lyn and Sarah Warkul­wiz; com­pan­ion, Na­dine Car­lacci; and his friends and stu­dents, who were such an im­por­tant part of his life and legacy. Fred’s fam­ily would like to ex­tend their grat­i­tude to his med­i­cal care team, es­pe­cially Dr. Remick.

A “Farewell for Fred” will be held in Nay Aug Park at the Marmie Pav­il­ion across the street from the Ever­hart Mu­seum in Scran­ton on Sun­day, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. If at­tend­ing, please prac­tice so­cial dis­tanc­ing and bring a face cov­er­ing. Lawn chairs are sug­gested and ca­sual, col­or­ful at­tire is wel­come. There will be no call­ing hours.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Fred Murty Me­mo­rial Christ­mas Fund, care of Parker Hill Church, where Fred was a mem­ber, 933 Scran­ton-car­bon­dale Hwy., Scran­ton, PA 18508. Fred’s fam­ily hopes that the spirit of his Christ­mas gift-giv­ing pro­gram is con­tin­ued in his mem­ory. We’ve lost a cham­pion way too soon.

Ar­range­ments by Duffy and Snow­don Fu­neral Homes. For on­line con­do­lences, please visit the fu­neral home’s web­site or Face­book page.

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