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EAST RUPERT -- George Edward Murphy, 84, of East Rupert passed away on Oct. 18, 2007, at the Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, after a long illness.

He is survived by his brother, Thomas Murphy of San Diego, Calif., and his sister Mary Frey of Shrewsbury, Mass., as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Jeanne McDonald of Los Angeles, Calif., and Patricia Harpel of Anchorage, Alaska.

Born in Los Angeles in 1923, he spent his youth in Hollywood and Pacific Palisades until servicing his country in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater where he was injured and awarded a Purple Heart Medal. After his discharge, he attended and graduated from UCLA followed by graduate studies at Berkeley.

Thereafter, he resided in New York City and in Dorset, where he and his partner, James Ashley, were associated with the Southern Vermont Arts Center for a number of years. They then left Vermont and owned and operated an Art Gallery and Framing business in Santa Barbara, Calif., for 20 years.

Upon returning east to Vermont, they resided in Arlington until Jim’s death in 1985. George then built a home in E. Rupert where he resided until his death. George’s interests were many, including art, music, literature and photography. He was an avid family historian researching the geneology of the Murphy family.

George’s final internment will be in the Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Los Angeles, Calif.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 15, 2007
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