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David W. Murphy

1928 - 2015 PITTSFIELD David W. Murphy of 235 Walker St., Lenox, former president of a Pittsfield insurance firm whose volunteer work benefited a wide range of community service organizations, died on Jan. 21 at the Pittsfield home of his son, with whom he had been staying. He was 86 and was suffering from complications of a respiratory condition, said his son, David W. Murphy Jr. David William Murphy was born in Worcester on Feb. 20, 1928, to Owen J. and E. Marie Kelley Murphy. He was educated in Worcester public schools. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1946 to 1948 aboard a minesweeper in the Atlantic. After leaving the service, he entered Boston College, from which he was graduated in 1952 with a bachelor of arts degree in business management. On June 6, 1953, he married the former Callie M. Murphy of Worcester. They were together for 53 years until her death on May 17, 2006. Mr. Murphy's first job was selling pianos for a firm in Boston, but he soon joined Travelers Insurance Co. and worked as a field supervisor in Springfield until 1966 when he joined Stevenson & Company of Pittsfield, where he became a shareholder and president. A former president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Massachusetts, Mr. Murphy also held the professional designation of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter. He retired from Stevenson in 1993. Mr. Murphy was an energetic man who enjoyed working with young people. For many years he managed Little League baseball teams in Pittsfield, including the 1966 city champions, National Guard of the South Little League. He also was elected the first male president of the board of the Pittsfield Girls Club, now the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center. He was an active supporter of local sports teams, on many of which his sons played. Once, following the hard-won 3-2 victory in 1972 of the Pittsfield High School ice hockey Generals over arch rival Taconic High School's Braves at the Boys' Club, Mr. Murphy vaulted the boards onto the ice at the final buzzer. Leaping up and down, heedless of the slippery surface, he hugged members of the winning team. His enthusiasm extended to discussions of politics or religion, but reached its greatest heights while watching close games involving his alma mater, Boston College, or the Boston Red Sox. A strong believer in the value of community service, Mr. Murphy served on the boards of Hancock Shaker Village, the Berkshire Center for Children and Families, and the American Red Cross, where his work included driving disabled people to medical appointments. Eucharistic Minister at St. Teresa and Sacred Heart parishes, Mr. Murphy was a member of both parishes' finance committees. He also was a former president of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. and Epworth Arms. In addition to his son, David, Mr. Murphy leaves two daughters, Callie M. McGovern of Chevy Chase, Md. (Philip), and Kristina M. Parker of Centennial, Colo. (Ronald); sons, John W. Murphy (Joanne Curd) of Pittsfield, and Andrew K. Murphy (Jane Rosenberg) of Brewster; a brother, Owen J. Murphy, Jr. (Eleanor Megale) of Worcester; a daughter-in-law, Lori C. Murphy of Dalton; and 19 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Madeleine G. Reeves (Henry A.), formerly of Natick; and his brother, Charles A. Murphy, formerly of New York City. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Church in Lenox celebrated by the Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Pittsfield. Calling hours will be held Monday, January 26, from 4 - 7 p.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield. Memorial donations in memory of Dave may be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires or to Berkshire United Way both in care of the funeral home.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 24, 2015
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