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Murray C. Perlman passed away peacefully the afternoon of January 23rd with the love of his friends and family surrounding him.
Murray was born in Savannah, GA on July 26, 1932 to Morris Perlman and Helen Schwartz Perlman. He was a lifelong resident of Savannah and a graduate of Benedictine Military School and Spring Hill College in Alabama.
Murray met Wayne Spear at a party in Atlanta in the mid 1960’s. They soon became life partners in a loving relationship that lasted for over 50 years. In 2015 Murray and Wayne were legally married and, in true Savannah tradition, they were both wearing seersucker suits. They shared a wonderful life together including traveling worldwide and keeping an apartment in New York City, but their hearts were always in Savannah.
Murray was passionate about preserving the history of his beloved Savannah. He was an avid philanthropic supporter of the Historic Savannah Foundation and numerous other organizations dedicated to local historic preservation. He was especially proud of his and Wayne’s support of the refurbished Kennedy Pharmacy on Broughton Street which, with the addition of a new building, will be named the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center. This center is being developed by the Historic Savannah Foundation and will be a lovely community programming and event space.
Murray will be missed by his many close friends, his nephews and nieces, other extended family, and his incredible team of loving caregivers.
Murray was predeceased by his parents, and his husband, Wayne.
A private graveside service will be held at Greenwich Cemetery and later this year there will be a celebration of Murray’s life at the Murray C. Perlman & Wayne C. Spear Preservation Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Historic Savannah Foundation, 321 York Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
- CHERYL CLAY, Tybee Island, Ga
Awe. This man and Wayne were two of the best neighbors (MDI). Very thoughtful and sharing of their harvesting of the fruits of their labors. Their home was such a beautiful representation of who they are . . . and I cherish being invited in for a tour of this beauty! Rest in Peace Mr. Murray. I enjoyed knowing you!
- Megan (Brown) Thompson, Claxton, GA
I am so sorry to hear about Murray. He and Wayne were two of the first people I met when I moved to Savannah in 1989. For several years I rented their beautiful upstairs apartment on St. Julian street after they moved to their house on President street. He was not only a wonderful landlord, but a treasured member of the community. I am honored to have considered him a friend.
- Laura W. Adams, Atlanta , GA
My deepest sympathies to friends and family of Murray, and to the Historic Savannah Foundation. He was a loyal and generous supporter of historic Savannah and will be greatly missed.
- Maggie Keenan, RVA, VA
- A Friend , Taipai, Taiwan
Spending time and chatting on the phone the last few years with you warmed my heart so. Reliving family history,and learning about Savannah's history was made so fascinating by you. You will be greatly missed. Sympathy and comfort to family,friends, and Savannah. You left so much more than just a legacy.
- Linda Lair Futrell , Savannah , Georgia
Murray was such a nice and knowledgeable person. Always enjoyed visits to his home with my sister Linda. He loved to fill us with the history of our family, he loved showing us pictures of the family and explaining who they were and what was going on in the picture! I will surely miss Murray but was glad to know him.
- Joanne Lair, Savannah, Georgia
I worked at MDI across the parking lot from Murray’s and Wayne’s home. Kind, thoughtful gentlemen who left lovely memories and will be missed. Sincere condolences, and God Bless.
- Karen Glimmerveen , Savannah , GA
Murray was a wonderful person with a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. I worked for him for years at Savannah Galleries and he was not only a great boss but wonderful friend he will be missed by all that had the chance to know him.
- Speir Rahn, Savannah, Georgia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Private Service Will Be Held