William (Bill) Murray, long-time member of the Honesdale Lions Club will be honored at the 49th Annual Bonanza Banquet to be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Inn at Woodloch Pines.

Tickets can be purchased form any Lion Member or by calling Dan Card at 729-0115 or Steve Knash at 253-4508.

“Bill's just a top-notch guy,” said Lion President Stephen Knash. “He gives from the heart every day and he's one of the hardest-working Lions … he goes above and beyond every day.”

Upon a review of the life of Bill Murray, one can only conclude that his professional life was diverse.

His early years would see him working on Saturdays and summers in all aspects of retail at the family hardware store, Murray, Co.

After graduating from Villanova University in 1959, he continued at Murray where he designed custom kitchens.

At the same time, he enlisted in the PA National Guard as a private but would enroll in Officer's Candidate School and become a 2nd Lt.

Before his term of six years was through, he became a 1st Lt.

In 1964, in a dramatic career path change, Bill joined Katz, Inc. and eventually became their National Sales Manager.

His sales force received great satisfaction as they provided the payroll of 600 local employees.

Over those 28 years, he traveled the markets in search of new revenue for his home base.

The banking business was the next move to Wayne Bank for 18 years.

Bill's concentration was Business Development and Residential Mortgage Lending.

Finally, Bill served as a field representative for our State Representative, Mike Peifer, for two years.

Bill's private life was not so diverse.

He married the love of his life, Erin Lonegran, in 1961 and recently celebrated his good fortune of 56 years.

Bill has been a very active member of the Honesdale Lions Club for over 23 years and has served on many committees.

For the past five years he has served as Chairman of the annual bloodmobile drive as well as serving on the nominating committee and is a ten-year member of the Bonanza Committee.

“The Honesdale Lions Club has always represented a unifying spirit of how much we can accomplish together,” said Murray.

“Everyone in our organization contributes in some way to the betterment of those in need in our community.

“We all have gifts or skills that blend into a powerful force to improve our part of the universe.”

Murray contextualized his service through the Lions, listing the organization's achievements in the community, namely its collection of eyeglasses for the needy, contributions to Dyberry Day Camp, community blood drives, and other charitable events.

“The water fountain in Central Park, a elevator and large print books for the library are unique special endeavors. None, however will measure up to the $250,000 fund drive to save the Honesdale Pool,” said Murray.

“None of these efforts would be possible without the support of our generous friends, neighbors, businesses and financial institutions.

“We are so fortunate that they share our concern for others.”