At his funeral, the family of Stephen Murray requested that guests donate money to Stephen’s favorite charity in lieu of bringing flowers. Stephen was a man who put the needs of others before his own when he was not working. Stephen was a dearly beloved husband and father who managed to rise to the position of CEO at CCMP Capital. He was loyal to the company for 25 years. His devotion to CCMP Capital was only matched by his devotion to his family. He and his wife Tami were married for 29 years.
Stephen and Tami met at Boston College, where he earned a degree in economics. They fell in love and made a lifetime commitment to each other. They had 4 children together and raised their kids in Stamford, CT. Stephen is also survived by siblings and his parents, Joe and Nancy. Stephen was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He loved the Northeast and spent his entire life there. Stephen wanted to make something great of himself in life.
After finishing college, Stephen took a position as a credit analyst trainee at Manufacturers Hannover. Here he distinguished himself, but Stephen knew that without an advanced degree his upward mobility would be limited. Stephen decided to go back to school. He attended Columbia Business School in New York. He earned a master’s degree in Business Administration. He would put it to good use when he returned to work at MH Equity. This company would go through several mergers, but Stephen was a valued company man. He remained with them through the decades. First, MH Equity merged with Chemical Venture Partners, then with Chase Manhattan Corporation, then with JP Morgan Partners. JP Morgan Partners decided to spin its private equity group off into CCMP Capital. It chose Stephen to lead the operation, and he was named CEO of the company in recognition of his ability and loyalty over the years.
Stephen Murray’s expertise in the world of finance was highly sought after. He served on the board of directors of many companies. He advised The Vitamin Shoppe, Cabela’s, Generac Power Systems, Aramark, and more. Stephen was a philanthropist at heart. He gave his time freely to the charities that he felt were making a difference in the world. He volunteered to be on the board of directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation for New York City. He gave much of his free time and money to the cause. Stephen Murray will be dearly missed.