Maury grew up in Claremont and graduated from Stevens High School in 1973. After high school, Maury continued his education at University of New Hampshire and received a BS degree with a major in Psychology. He passed away on March 14, 2017, in Palm Springs, CA.
After graduation from UNH, Maury returned to Claremont to work for West Central Behavioral Health as a counselor. Maury loved skiing in New England but eventually the travel bug took hold and he set off with friends for bigger mountains in Breckenridge, CO. After a stint in Colorado Maury returned to Claremont until the 1990’s when he finally moved to Southern California. He continued his counseling work, helping clients with alcohol and drug related illnesses.
Maury was at home in the mountains and was always up for a challenge. This led him to move to Big Bear in California to start and run a restaurant. Finally, Maury settled in Palm Springs and continued to work for various social service agencies helping others. While in Palm Springs, Maury received a commendation from the local Hospice organization for his volunteer work with patients. From the time he was in high school Maury always enjoyed bodybuilding and found that he could merge that interest with his love for working with others. He found that coaching was also something he could do and worked as a bodybuilding trainer and coach in Palm Springs.
Maury loved to draw and his work reflected his perspective of the people, and places he knew. It was through Maury’s art that others could see his unique sense of humor and his visual talent. His work varied from caricatures to abstract designs but always included his trademark “eye” somewhere in his art. His work was a means of personal expression for his enjoyment as well as for those he called friends and family.
Maury was a multifaceted person with interests in skiing, weight lifting, art, and above all, people. As Maury traveled, he always added to his collection of friends. He enjoyed keeping in contact with all of his friends and family and was willing to either listen or talk. Maury will be remembered for all of his willingness to work to help make life better for others, his love for friends and family, and for his incredible sense of humor.
Maury leaves two sisters, Marianne Dubin of Plantation, FL, and Nancy Martin of Seattle, WA, and a brother, Charles Hirshberg of Sunapee, NH, along with a niece, nephews, and a grandniece and grandnephew.
A graveside service will be held at Temple Meyer David Cemetery on Sunday, April 9, at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society on Maury’s behalf.
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