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William Edward "Bill" Murphy

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William Edward "Bill" Murphy

AGE: 63 • Jackson

William Edward "Bill" Murphy, 63, of Jackson, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. He was born and raised in Bayonne. He attended Bayonne High School, William Patterson University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, St. Peters University, Harvard University and Seton Hall University. Inspired by Kennedy's call to national service ("ask what you can do for your country"), Murphy had a record of service in several branches of government. He served nine years in municipal, county and state agencies. He served as a budget analyst for the Hudson County courts, an assistant criminal justice planner for Jersey City, a juvenile counselor in Jersey City, an income maintenance technician for Passaic County, an investigator for the NJ Department of Public Welfare, and supervisor of resident living at Johnstone center in Bordentown.

Murphy entered the Navy in 1981 in response to the Iranian Hostage Crisis. After completing Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned as an ensign in 1982. He became a Surface Warfare Officer, and served more than 22 years on active duty. His Navy experiences included service aboard the ships USS John F. Kennedy and USS Spartenburg County, as well as ashore. Murphy participated in America's response to the Beirut Barracks Bombings in 1983, The Persian Gulf War in 1990, and in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994. He received numerous citations including 3 meritorious service medals, four Navy and Marine Corp Commendation medals, a Navy unit commendation ribbon, three Navy E, a Navy Expeditionary Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, two Armed Forces expeditionary medals, a Southwest Asia Service Medal with two stars, a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, a Kuwait liberation medal, and a Humanitarian Service Medal. After retiring from the Navy, Murphy became involved in a Navy program for high school students. He was certified as an Advanced Naval Science Instructor, and a Senior Naval Science Instructor. He was a certified principal, and he held additional certifications in psychology, and social studies.

He was predeceased by his parents, William "Red" Murphy and Cathrin Murphy; and his brother, Kevin Murphy. He is survived by his son, Liam; former wives, Denise Hall and Louise Murphy; siblings Kathleen McKeand, Mary Ellen Dix, Charles Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Terrance Murphy, Julie Sullivan; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the G. Keenen O'Brien Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C, Bayonne. A funeral mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bayonne. Contact the family for burial information. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linden High School NJROTC scholarship fund.



Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 8, 2013
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