September 13, 2020
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.