In Loving Memory of Brian C. Murray

June 01, 1972
Bridgeport, CT
May 02, 2018
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Friday 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

May 18, 2018


St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of Christian Burial

1719 Post Road,
CT 06824

Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 a.m.


St. Thomas Cemetery

Mill Plain Road,

May 19, 2018

Family Gathering


Monique Roussel Murray Children's Trust

P.O. Box 7971,
LA 700010

American Cancer Society

38 Richards Avenue,
CT 06854

Brian C. Murray

Brian Christopher Murray, 45 of Santa Rosa Beach, FL passed away on May 2, 2018 in Destin, FL. He was born in Fairfield, CT on June 1, 1972 to Mary O’Sullivan Murray O’Shea and the late Thomas Murray. He is a graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School, 1990 and Johnson & Wales University, Providence RI, 1994. On April 21, 2006 he married Monique Roussel in Key Largo, FL.
Brian was a passionate and talented chef, receiving many awards over his impressive career which began at Cobb’s Mill Inn, Weston CT followed by the Four Seasons Ocean Grand, West Palm Beach Florida. Brian had a 12 year career learning and working with Chef Emeril Lagasse. He was Executive Chef in Atlanta. In 2007 Brian became Executive Chef of Watercolor Inn and Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and in 2015 Brian and his family proudly opened their own restaurant DIG Eatery in Miramar Beach, FL.
Brian was a member of the James Beard Foundation and received numerous awards throughout his career including the AAA Diamond Award, the Conde Nast Traveler’s Platinum Club, Travel and Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels and Resorts, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Brian made appearances with Emeril on both the Food Channel and the Cooking Channel.
He was predeceased by his beloved father Thomas Murray and step-father Timothy O’Shea.
Brian is remembered with love by his mother Mary, his two children Marian Camille Murray and Thomas O’Sullivan Murray, their mother Monique Roussel, his sister Carol Murray Collins, brother-in-law Chris Collins, a niece, Nora Collins; and nephews Ryan and Jack Collins, and many beloved extended family in Ireland and England as well as many friends and colleagues in the restaurant industry.
Friends may greet the family Friday, May 18, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers friends may consider a donation to the Monique Roussel Murray Children’s Trust, P.O. Box 7971, Metairie, LA 70010 or The American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

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  1. Mary and Family,
    I regret that I will not be in Fairfield to attend the services for Brian. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  2. Rest in Peace Brian. I have great memories of you as a child staying with us in Foxhall and I also had good times with you in America when you were a grown man. Thinking of your loved ones every day xx

  3. Mary. Carol and all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Brian was born so many years ago. My prayers are with all of you. Mary, May God bless you. Kay

  4. Mary, Carrie and family
    Have just learned of the sad passing of Brian. Please accept our most sincere condolences on your great loss. Treasured memories of happy days in Hall when Brian was a young boy. RIP Brian.
    Roslyn, Jim and Paul x