NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — David Robert Murison, 76, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, passed away on June 17 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House from complications of melanoma.
He was born in Washington, DC, on July 25, 1937, and raised in Lutherville, Maryland. Dave lived for many years in Woodstock, prior to moving to Newburyport in 2007.
He was a graduate of Towson High School, the University of Baltimore and received his M.B.A. from American University. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Robert A. Owens destroyer during 1957-1958. He worked for many years in technology and sales before moving to Woodstock where he and Susan owned 18 Carrots Natural Foods Market And Deli, and he later served as Director of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce before retiring.
Dave loved the water. As a child, he participated in the Sea Scouts, and later in life enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay while living in Annapolis, Maryland. He was also an avid skier who took pride in teaching his sons to ski. He enjoyed drawing and watercolors, and studied violin during his school years at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dave was the son of the late Alexander A. Murison, originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland, and the late Amelia L. Rolfe; and brother of the late John A. Murison. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Susan C. Wagner; three sons, Jeffrey S. Murison of Raleigh, North Carolina, Michael S. Murison and partner Elizabeth McCracken of Basalt, Colorado, and David A. (Andy) Murison of Boston, Massachusetts; and new grandson, Jaxon O. Murison of Basalt, Colorado. He is also survived by a nephew, John Murison, Jr., of Baltimore, Maryland, and a previous wife, Marie Fields, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Dave was a great supporter of Rotary International and their efforts to eradicate polio. Those wishing to pay tribute to Dave are encouraged to make a donation in his name to the Rotary Club of Newburyport, P.O. Box 831, Newburyport, MA 01950.
This obituary first appeared in the July 3, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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