Bradley James Murray, age 49, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 after a brief illness.
Born May 11, 1964 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to James and Joyce Murray, he moved with his family to Punta Gorda in 1975. Brad attended Charlotte High School, where he was a member of the varsity football team. With a family history of law enforcement service behind him and inspired by his father, retired Reserve Major and former senior advisor to the CCSO Explorer Post 29, Brad determined very early on to make law enforcement his life’s career. At the age of 19, Brad joined the CCSO Reserve Unit, completed his law enforcement certification, and was hired by CCSO in 1984. He served Charlotte County for nearly 30 years in the capacities of road patrol, SWAT, K-9, Major Crimes, and most recently as a US Marshall assigned as a member of the Fugitive Task Force.
Brad is survived by his wife of 26 years, Keochay, sons James, Jonathon, Justin and Jarrod, parents James and Joyce Murray, grandmother Mary Thorp, grandson Jordan, all of Punta Gorda, his sister Lisa (Ralph) Turner, nephews Joshua (Jennifer) and Benjamin, and niece Kacie all of Winter Park, Florida, in addition to aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as his extended CCSO and law enforcement family here in Southwest Florida.
When Brad was not serving the citizens of Charlotte County through CCSO, he could be found fishing with his sons, managing his softball team, the “Charlotte Lawmen”, or cheering on the Tampa Bay Rays, for whom son Justin works. Because of his influence, sons James, Jonathon and Jarrod were all inspired to enter law enforcement themselves. James and Jonathon serve here in Charlotte County, while Jarrod serves in DeSoto County.
The family would like to express their profound appreciation on behalf of Brad to the law enforcement representatives of Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte Counties and the departments of North Port and Punta Gorda for lighting up the night and making straight his path home on Sunday night.
To his CCSO and “Lawmen” Band of Brothers & their families - bless you for having his back - and ours - to the end.
Brad was a man who had his priorities straight - his family, his friends, and his service to his community. He has earned his rest and is confident of his eternity.
Brad - yours will be the voice in our head, we’ll “git’er done”, and we’ll see you later!
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Deep Creek Community Church in Punta Gorda. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Deep Creek Community Church. Entombment will be from Charlotte Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Charlotte Lawmen, PMB 126, 3941 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
Arrangements entrusted to Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda Chapel.