Paul “Al” Murray was a kind gentleman who possessed the gift of gab, his fiancée Patti Belue said.
After his father died of a heart attack, Murray’s passion was to become a CPR instructor. He decided he would teach the world how to save a life, Belue said.
“He was an excellent instructor with a humorous side to his job,” Belue said. “His motto was: ‘You can't kill them if they are already dead.’”
During a portion of his class, Murray would play his theme: “Staying Alive."
Deciding he needed an exercise routine, Murray turned to dancing, starting with lessons at Dance Sophisticates in LaPorte.
Murray, 66, of Kouts, had many dance partners until 2007 when he met Belue. From then on they became “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers,” his fiancée said.
“He was an excellent dancer, aka 'Twinkle Toes,'” Belue said.
Murray also enjoyed golf.
“He introduced me to the game but I could never get the hang of it,” Belue said.
“He decided to stick with playing golf with his brother Buzz. Of course, there were always the stories after the golf outing on how he used to beat his brother but with a laugh we all knew that wasn't always the case,” she said.
Murray loved going to his sister June’s home for dinner on Wednesday nights before the dances.
“They both loved to cook so there was always competition and good happy conversation with lots of camaraderie,” Belue said.
About four years ago, Murray attended a class reunion, and from then on a group of classmates, the Vargos, Friedlunds, Yugos, Rebergs, and Joliffs, formed "The Rock n' Rollers."
Every weekend afterward included a festive get-together, Belue said of the group, which has grown to 325 members.
“Al will always be truly loved and missed by his family, friends and fiancée,” Belue said. “He is now dancing with the angels. I love you ‘Pal Al.’"