Stephen Murray: Simply the Best

Stephen Murray might be gone, but his impression and his footprints are still here and stronger than ever. They will never go away nor will the impact he made on people’s lives. When reading about the man, it is hard not to be impressed with all that he accomplished and all that he achieved.

The wonderful thing about it is that he did it the old-fashioned way with blood, sweat, tears, and hard work. He was a jack-of-all-trades and worked as a private equity investor, philanthropist, and president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital. The great thing about Stephen is nothing was too much for him. He enjoyed challenges and he enjoyed defeating those challenges.

The man was one of those people that just don’t come along every day. In fact, they come around but once in a lifetime. That is why it is heartbreaking that he is gone becase he had so many more people to positively impact, help, and change their lives.

As a human being, it is hard not to be moved by his work as a philanthropist. I love the work he did with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All charities are great of course, but this one is truly special because it makes wishes and dreams come true.

When someone is at their lowest, they need to know that they have something to look forward to, some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Stephen Murray provided that for them. Hope is a wonderful thing. It encourages people to keep on fighting, keep on trying, and to never, no matter what, give up. There is always a chance for a cure and for things to get better.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital put smiles on the faces of everyone he encountered, but especially those at Make-A-Wish. When you can touch people like that and make their day just a little bit easier, you have done something extraordinary.

If you look back at Stephen’s life, everything was out-of-this-world. From his education at Boston College and Columbia Business School to being the president of a company to helping out others. Everything he touched, it really did turn to gold.

Now, even though he is not with us, it is important to honor the man and all that he achieved and all that he accomplished. It is also important to try our best to live our lives the way he lived his life.

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