George J. “Bud” Murdock, innkeeper and proprietor of The Ocean House Hotel in Port Clyde, passed away June 9, 2011, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center after a brief but intense battle with cancer. Throughout his ordeal he was attended and supported by his loving family.

“Buddy” was born in Chelsea, Mass., on Dec. 20, 1933, the first child of George J. and Florence (Murphy) Murdock. His childhood and much of his adult years were spent in Reading, Mass. Bud attended St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass., returning to Reading High School for his junior year and graduating in the class of 1952. At RHS he was a star football player and captain of the track team. He continued his education first at Boston College and later at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass.

In 1954 Bud married his high school sweetheart Sally (Lothrop) and purchased a home in Reading where they lived and raised their four children. In the early 1960s Bud and his brother Jim purchased The Murdock Company in Chelsea, Mass., founded by their grandfather, William J. Murdock, a pioneer in crystal radio sets and headsets. Together they built it into a corporation specializing in cordless headsets for classroom use.

Monhegan was a special place to this family and their children spent many happy summers on this beloved island at the summer home of their grandparents. In 1979 Bud and Sally purchased the Monhegan Store following three of their adult children to the island. Although they were divorced in 1984 they remained fast friends and caring parents to their children and grandchildren.

Bud purchased The Ocean House Hotel in Port Clyde in 1984. It was a life, not a job and he relished it. Among other things The Ocean House offered him the opportunity to engage in a favorite pastime — debate and discussion about just about everything that interested him and others around him. Bud had a variety of opinions often just the opposite of the person he was talking to and could be ready for a lively discussion with barely a moment’s notice. In the family he was especially known for his amusing malapropisms. In time, the hotel dining room, managed by his sister and partner, Patsy Murdock became a local favorite for breakfast — especially on Sunday morning when there was “standing room only.” In 1999 Bud’s life changed again when he married photographer Joan Brown. An art gallery was opened at the inn, which continued until her untimely death in 2009.

Bud served for 15 years as chairman of the Port Clyde Water Commission, an appointment that meant a lot to him because, as he often said, he loved the people of Port Clyde. He felt that, without exception, there was good in each person and that this was especially true of Port Clyde.

Bud Murdock was predeceased by his parents; his brother, James; and his wife, Joan.

He is survived by his four children, Kim Elizabeth Murdock and her partner Josh Mostel of New York City, Kathleen Patricia Boegel and her husband, David, of Monhegan Island, John Lothrop Murdock and his wife, Winnifred, of Monhegan and Tenants Harbor and Daniel Joseph Murdock and his wife, Sylvia, of Port Clyde; his children’s mother, Sally MacVane of Port Clyde; two stepchildren, Kathleen Brown and her husband, Donald Saverese, of Camden and Rob Brown of Appleton; his sister, Patricia Murdock and her partner (also Bud’s closest friend) Joseph Murphy of Port Clyde; grandchildren, Kristina Mitchell of Tenants Harbor, Ben Murdock of Monhegan, Kyle Murdock of Tenants Harbor, Wolfgang and Nathan Boegel of Monhegan, and Amelia Isabelle Murdock of Port Clyde; two step-grandchildren, Alexander Sundi-Brown and Izaac Sundi-Brown of Camden; and great-grandchildren, Ava, Isla and Finnegan Mitchell of Tenants Harbor, and Arielle Murdock of Monhegan.

A celebration of Bud’s life will take place Monday, June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the dining room of The Ocean House Hotel. Anyone who knew Bud is invited to attend. Donations in Bud’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.