South Brunswick Mayor Christopher Killmurray, 55, had been battling brain cancer.
Family members of the late South Brunswick Mayor Christopher J. Killmurray, who died on Sunday, are asking admirers to support local organizations and “just have a beer and relax” in his memory.
Killmurray, 55 — a married father of four, partner at his law firm and mayor for the past year — had been battling brain cancer.
Christopher J. KillmurrayCourtesy of M.J. Murphy Funeral Home
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday at St. Cecelia’s Church in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, according to his obituary.
“He will always be in our hearts as his legacy lives on in the many lives he has touched during his time with us,” his family said.
Killmurray was elected to the South Brunswick Council in 2003. He was named mayor on April 12, 2017, following the death of Mayor Frank Gambatese — the longest-serving mayor in the township’s history — and was elected to fill out the remainder of Gambatese’s term last November.
Though Killmurray had missed recent meetings, South Brunswick Manager Bernard Hvozdovic said he regularly visited him at his home to update him on municipal matters, up until about a week ago.
“He was still interested … right up until the end really,” Hvozdovic said.
A native of Woodbridge, Killmurray is being remembered as a champion of his adopted hometown.
I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of South Brunswick Mayor Christopher Killmurray. He was an honorable and dedicated public servant who was very passionate about this community. Mayor Killmurray will be missed.https://t.co/NnqCis46Ay
— Senator Kip Bateman (@KipBateman) April 9, 2018
In an obituary that mixed sorrow with pride and playfulness, his family described him as “everyone’s favorite Irish person,” a dedicated attorney and booster of local youth sports.
Though not a natural at camping, he became an assistant leader in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and was facetiously dubbed ‘The Great Outdoorsman’ after he “learned how to delegate putting up his own tent,” his family said.
“As mayor, Chris Killmurray always strove to try his best for those around him and help them reach their potential,” his obituary read.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the South Brunswick Public Library or South Brunswick Food Pantry — in addition to the suggestion of a relaxing beer.
Tuesday’s meeting of the South Brunswick Council has been cancelled.
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