William B. Murdoch III

August 24, 1929 ~ February 14, 2018 (age 88)

      William Bruce Murdoch III passed away at home on Feb 14 2018 in Easton. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA August 24 1929 to Ruth Elizabeth Foster and William Bruce Murdoch Jr. Along with his two brothers, the family moved to Claiborne, MD, where he graduated from St Michaels High School. He and his brothers spent their time racing comet sailboats and hunting. The family relocated to a farm near Centreville. While there, he met his future wife Marjorie next door and attended Washington College and the University of Maryland. The two married and lived near Centreville while starting a family and Murdoch Gardens, a wholesale plant business. In doing so, he became our fifth known generation working in horticulture adding more than fifty years to a family legacy of almost two hundred years. Moving to Easton the business expanded to include locations in Florida, Ohio, and British Honduras (now Belize). His wife started the retail flower shop shortly after moving to Easton. A charter member and a long-time Elder and trustee, he helped establish the Presbyterian Church of Easton. He was a Paul Harris Fellow Society member of the Rotary Club, Mid-Atlantic Florist board member and past president. He also received the Society of American Florists Century Award. He loved family, people and challenges. As an entrepreneur at heart, he would always be planning something new or some new adventure.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, John and George. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, sons William (Jo Ellen), Thomas (Suzanne) and John (Emily), grandsons William (Kelly), George (Christina), Robert and great-grand daughters Georgia Leigh and Maren Grace, as well as in-laws Susan Murdoch, Ruthie and John Geschwilm, Emily Brice, and Charles Geschwilm along with numerous nieces and nephews. His humor and zest for life will be missed by all that knew him.

     A private family service was held in New Spring Hill Cemetery. Donations in his name can be made to Del-Mar-Va Council BSA, 100 W. 10th St., Ste #915, Wilmington, DE 19801. To offer online condolences and tributes, please visit

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