Murray Siroka, 88, of Medfield and late of Canton passed away suddenly on Friday, February 21st.
Murray grew up in Brooklyn, NY, son of Isaac and Mary Mandelbaum Siroka. He started school at Brooklyn College, but when the Korean conflict began, he chose to join the Air Force. He became a radar technician, going to schools in Biloxi, MS and East St. Louis, Ill. Murray spent much of his time at Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. There he met and married his wife, Shirley Bachrach.
After a four year stint in the Air Force, Murray returned to school at the Missouri School of
Mines and Metallurgy to study electrical engineering. After graduation, the family moved to Buffalo, New York, as he took a position with the Sylvania Corporation, which became General Telephone & Electronics. Murray conducted research and development on telemetry and missile guidance for the defense industry. After 21 years, and a move to Boston, Murray went to work for the Northrop Corporation, from which he retired. After retirement, Murray taught himself the use of computers, both hardware and software.
Murray also became integrally involved at Temple Beth David of Westwood. He served as president of the congregation, as well as vice president of religious practices, youth chair, and host of other volunteer posts supporting the synagogue. Murray's interests were wide-ranging. Always a sports enthusiast, he was especially fond of baseball. Murray was a lifelong jazz enthusiast, becoming familiar with the musicians, singers, songs and musical instruments. Instilled in him by his older brother, he transmitted his love of music to his children and grandchildren. Murray always loved playing games, often competing in several different ones against his children at the same time; recently he enjoyed a great deal of poker and bridge.
Murray was predeceased by siblings Harold Siroka, Pearl Hager, and Miriam Wexler. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley, his children Barry (Stephanie), Paula Grover (Mark), Eric (Debra) and Eliot (Laura). He leaves 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He also leaves an array of nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at
Temple Beth David, 7 Clapboardtree Street, Westwood (GPS 33Pond St.)
On Wednesday February 26 at 11 a.m.
Interment to follow at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery 350 Grove St. West Roxbury.
Mourning luncheon to follow on 3rd floor Brightview 125 Turnpike St. Canton
Shiva Wednesday evening 7:30.
Donations in his name may be made to Temple Beth David of Westwood or
The Parkinson Foundation in memory of Miriam Wexler
Schlossberg & Solomon Memorial Chapel
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