Obituary: Eric Murray / Electrician by day, boxing coach in the evenings

Oct. 7, 1980 - June 28, 2014

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Eric Murray always had a love affair with boxing. When his son, Antonio Manno, expressed interest in the sport at age 6, Mr. Murray stepped that love affair up a notch.

He got a coaching certificate and helped coach Antonio and other children at multiple boxing gyms over the next six years.

“Eric always said he liked to street box,” said Amber Tedesco, the mother of his three children. “So he said, ‘Let’s just do it for real with Antonio. ’ ”

An electrician during the day and a boxing coach in the evenings, Mr. Murray of Adamsburg was killed Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Hempfield. He was 33.

The Westmoreland County coroner’s office told KDKA-TV that Mr. Murray was riding his motorcycle eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when he lost control, crossed the median and crashed into a guard rail. He was thrown from the vehicle and suffered blunt force injuries.

Born on October 7, 1980, he was the son of Debra Manno and Robert Murray. He had two sons, Antonio and Nino Manno, and a daughter, Aliyah Manno.

He most recently coached at the Pittsburgh Boxing Club in Brookline, where Antonio trained for the past few years. Mr. Murray worked often with Ted Mrkonja, the manager of the gym.

“It was his passion,” Mr. Mrkonja said. “He put in the time every week. On the weekends, we’d travel a lot to fights. None of us get paid for what we do; it’s all volunteer.”

Mr. Mrkonja said Mr. Murray loved going to the gym with Antonio, now 12. After Mr. Murray moved to Adamsburg, he still drove nearly an hour with Antonio to go to the Pittsburgh Boxing Club in Brookline.

“He didn’t get stressed out over much, which is one of the things that made him a really good coach with the kids,” Mr. Mrkonja said.

Mr. Murray had been making plans to open his own boxing gym in McKeesport.

Mr. Murray had little time for other hobbies. He met Ms. Tedesco in 2000, and they were together for 13 years. Mr. Murray bounced from job to job for a while before becoming an electrician.

In addition to his children and Ms. Tedesco, Mr. Murray is survived by brothers Zach Murray of Pittsburgh and Guy A. Noschese of Delmont; sisters Angela Murray of Pittsburgh and Kristen Noschese of Delmont; his mother, Debra Manno, and stepfather, Guy Noschese, both of Delmont; and his father, Robert Murray of Pittsburgh.

There will be a blessing service for Mr. Murray at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Vaia Funeral Home Inc., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont. Contributions are being accepted at First Commonwealth Bank, 38 Greensburg St., Delmont 15626; where a trust has been established for Mr. Murray’s children.


Sean Hammond: shammond@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1466 or on Twitter @sean_hammond.

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