WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Evan Keith Murray passed away unexpectedly at his home, as the Lord called our boy home, on Oct. 19, 2019. His life was too short, but so meaningful, as he touched many lives in New Hampshire and in Florida.
He began life in his hometown of Northfield, New Hampshire, on Feb. 11, 2005. Evan was always full of life, making friends and developing his incredible mind at the Pines Community Center, Red Oak Montessori School, and St. John’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, before moving to Florida. Like most everything he set his mind to, he excelled at his academics, receiving many awards, and he was even offered a chance to attend a summer mathematics program at Duke University while in middle school. He was enrolled in the advanced Cambridge Program within Pasco County middle school.
As a Cub Scout with St. John’s, Evan spent many nights and weekends working on projects, achieving awards and participating in many competitions, including the Pinewood Derby. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending summers at Camp Carpenter. Evan enjoyed his neighborhood friends on Forrest Road and many summers with family and friends in our backyard pool. He spent time at his family camp in Damariscotta, Maine, enjoying boating, riding wave runners, fishing and just spending time with his cousins and extended family.
Evan loved athletics; he tried several sports, including ice hockey, skiing, and soccer, before discovering his love of baseball. He loved playing in Northfield as well as Concord, New Hampshire, when he joined the Concord Cannon travel team. His passion for the game followed him to Florida where he played Little League as well as two travel teams. Every night and weekend filled his free time with practices, games or tournaments, and he loved it. He excelled as a hitter and was developing into a very fine pitcher.
His love of Legos turned to Minecraft and E-sports he enjoyed playing with his friends and he would often post his recent scores and video clips.
Evan loved his pet cats, Pilchard, Paws, and Chrissy, and our family dog, Taylor. Paws and Taylor were likely the first two to greet him when he walked into heaven, along with his grandfathers.
During treasured visits with his dad, he enjoyed zip-lining, horseback riding, target shooting, go-cart racing and enjoying all the tourist attractions in and around Tampa and Orlando. He even swam with the dolphins at Sea World. He especially loved the Adventure Island water slides and all the coasters he could convince his dad to ride. A simple game of catch, a walk, or going to a movie was time cherished together.
His friends described him as a defender and protector. He stood up to bullies even if they were bigger and stronger than him. He was fiercely loyal and equally competitive. His girlfriend, Kailee Thomas, said he had a big heart, was loving and openly shared himself with her and her family. He treated everyone as if they were his family. He was open and honest to a fault and said what he felt and didn’t sugar coat anything. He will be remembered for his red hair, his silly spontaneity and private vulnerability, but most importantly, how he made everyone feel.
Evan leaves behind his father, Keith Murray, and partner Melissa Drew of Tilton, New Hampshire; his mother, Joanne Tremblay, and her husband, Warren Tremblay, of Wesley Chapel; his devoted sister, Ashleigh Murray, of Portland, Maine; his grandmothers, Carol Murray of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Dora Halley of Wilmington, Massachusetts; Godmother and aunt Kara Murray Stanley of Laconia, New Hampshire; Godfather and cousin Ryan Curtis of Seattle, Washington; aunts and uncles Leah and Leonard Brochu II of Concord, New Hampshire,Mary and Jeff Curtis of Wilmington, Massachusetts, Jeff and Jill Halley of Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Eric and Andrea Tarlow of Rowley, Massachusetts; along with several cousins, friends, and extended family members.
Evan was predeceased by his two grandfathers, Walter Halley and David Murray.
There will be a celebration of life hosted by the Murray family at the Beane Conference Center on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tilton-Northfield Little League, PO Box 447, Tilton, NH 03276.