Shayne Kathleen (Martin) Murray, of Canaan, passed away peacefully on February 1st after a long battle with Dementia. Born on January 6, 1951, Shayne was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Thomas Martin of Torrington.
Shayne was a dedicated employee of the Social Security Administration, often handling the most difficult cases and providing training to less experienced staff. She spent her life living in Connecticut and New York State and enjoyed exhilarating experiences. Shayne was an avid rock climber and pilot in her younger years, and for most of her life practiced karate. As the first female black belt in Litchfield County, she was a long-time student and instructor at Hamzy’s School of Self-Defense. Ireland was always where she vacationed, visiting many times, and making lifelong friends. Shayne lived her life to the fullest always seeking new adventures, volunteering with the Kiwanis Club, and spending time with family.
She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Peter Haynes, two grandsons, Peter and Sam; her sister Patricia Norieka and sister Colleen Tomasko and husband Matthew; her nephew and his wife, Danny and Christine Cimmino and great nephews, Mac and Charley. She also leaves behind nephews Howard, Thomas, and Todd Norieka, Richard Sonnati and each of their families and several cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Judy Hitt, and her niece Kelley Sonnati. A celebration to honor her life will be held by the family at a later date.