MURPHY, Valentine L.
Valentine Lawrence Murphy, 96, of Cromwell, and formerly of Glastonbury, and for many years, Wethersfield, died on February 12, 2013. Val was born in Willimantic to Valentine and Mary Anne Delaney Murphy. His mother passed away when he was two, and his father when he was 14, and he was raised with the help of his aunt, Ellen Murphy, and an adored older sister, Eileen Murphy, who predeceased him. Val graduated from Windham High School in 1934 and the Duke University School of Engineering in 1938. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, and in World War II was a combat engineer, designing and building bridges for Patton's Third Army as it moved across France and Germany, receiving a battlefield commission in 1945 and the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in France. After the war, he joined the structural engineering firm of Topper & Griggs in West Hartford, and later became one of its two lead executives as it moved and expanded, first in Farmington, and later in Plainville, where it added facilities for steel fabrication. Val was the lead structural engineer for a number of prominent buildings in Connecticut, including headquarters buildings for SNET in a number of locations and the "Stilts Building" in downtown Hartford. Val was also a community leader, at various times serving as President of the Civitan Club of Wethersfield, Pine Acres Swim Club, and First Church Housing, Inc., as a Deacon of the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield and Chair of its Building Committee for meeting house renovations and the construction of a new parish house, and as a Corporator of Hartford Hospital and a Trustee of Jefferson House in Newington. Val will be remembered as a loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and as a member of the "Greatest Generation" that gave so much to their country, communities and families. Val leaves his wife, Irene B. Murphy, and three sons and their spouses, Michael and Jean Murphy of Glastonbury, Scott and Cathy Murphy of Wethersfield and Dean and Carol Murphy, also of Wethersfield. He was predeceased by his first wife, Suzanne Griswold Murphy, who passed away in 1980. He also leaves two stepdaughters and their husbands, Linda and Malcolm Zickler of Niceville, Florida, and Susan and Steve Palmer of East Hartford. Val leaves eight grandchildren and their spouses, Scott and Wendy Murphy, Todd and Chi Murphy, Christopher Murphy and Cathy Holahan, Susannah and Chris Adams, Ben Murphy and Anna Morozovsky, Jenna and Coleman O'Toole, Johanna Murphy, and Jaron Murphy, as well as ten great grandchildren, Andrew, Abby, Jessica, Alex, Tyler, Charlie, Clara, Scarlett, Owen and Rider.
Funeral services and burial will be private and there are no calling hours. The D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield is assisting the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Cromwell Fire Department for volunteer ambulance services at 82 Court Street, P.O. Box 263, Cromwell, CT 06416, or to Hartford Hospital-Fund Development, 80 Seymour Street, P.O. Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com.