Daniel James Murray

March 11, 1950 ~ October 8, 2020 (age 70)

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Daniel James Murray, 70, of West Springfield, passed away peacefully at home on October 8, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones following an 18 year battle with cancer.  Born in Springfield, MA, on March 11, 1950, son of the late William and Ruth (Hickson) Murray, Dan was a lifelong resident of West Springfield.  Dan was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Westfield State University.  He later earned his Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College.  He was a retired Captain of the West Springfield Police Department where he proudly served the community for 37 years and genuinely loved his job and colleagues.  Dan enjoyed the outdoors, summer vacations in Maine, cold beer, and anything involving his family. Dan will be remembered for his selfless, humble personality and a not so modest stubborn streak that served him well over the years.


Dan is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Nancy.  He leaves his children, Jessica Cincotta and her husband Todd; son Ryan and his wife MaryLynn; and his cherished grandchildren, Lauren, Julia, Ava, and Brendan.  He was a caring brother to Michael Murray, Sheila Stevens, Patricia Suchenicz, MaryEllen Guerette, Noreen Thayer, and Timothy Murray.  He was predeceased by brothers William, Thomas, and James.


His family would like to thank Dr. Francis Murray, his staff, and Dr. Philip Glynn for their compassionate care and the team at Trinity Health of New England at Home for their support. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, October 14th, from 4-7pm at Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield.  Family and friends are asked to meet at 10am at St.Thomas the Apostle Church for the Funeral Mass on Pine St., West Springfield on Thursday, October 15th with burial following at St.Thomas the Apostle Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made out to Dana Farber Cancer Institute (in honor of the former Soupy for Loopy Foundation).  To express condolences to the family, please visit


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October 14, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Toomey (West Springfield)

Funeral Liturgy
October 15, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Thomas Church, Pine St, West Springfield

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