By Ron Hayes
BRINY BREEZES — Charles Murn had a degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a citation from NASA for his contributions to the manned space program. In Briny Breezes, he put that know-how to work fixing items donated to the town’s annual charity auction.
“Charlie could fix anything,” remembers Mary Lou Meunier, a friend and neighbor for 25 years. “Any items anybody donated that needed to be repaired, he’d sit there and fix them
so they could be auctioned.”
Mr. Murn, who died Sept. 2, lived in Briny Breezes since the 1970s, but had been in a nursing home for the past several years. He was 91.
“He was just a good person who minded his own business,” Meunier recalled. “He was one of those quiet people who are there if you need him. We all played cards together, and I would care for his wife every Thursday while he played golf.”
A native of Syossett, N.Y., Mr. Murn was also a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism during the war.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a brother, Stanley; and two sisters, Amelia Martin and Frances Elsdon.
He is survived by a nephew, Stanley Murn.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 9 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Boynton Beach, followed by buried at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Royal Palm Beach.