James Murphy

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James J. Murphy

1921 - 2013 ADAMS James Joseph Murphy, 91, of 75 Commercial St., died early Tuesday morning, March 12, 2013.

He was born in North Adams on Aug. 19, 1921, a son of John and Harriet (Shortmon) Murphy, and attended North Adams schools.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater from 1942 until his Honorable Discharge in 1945. He participated in many engagements, including the Invasion of Normandy.

A machinist by trade, Mr. Murphy worked at the former Berkshire Mills, Greylock Tool & Machine, Arnold Print Works and Sprague Electric Co. until his retirement.

He was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

His wife, the former Stella R. Baczek, whom he married Oct. 1, 1945, died May 10, 1994.

He is survived by two daughters, Frances Sukanek and her husband, Charles, of Longwood, Fla., and Patricia Davis and her husband, Robert, of Ansonia, Conn.; four grandchildren, Roberta Sukanek, Melissa Sukanek, Tricia Ford and her husband, Shane, and Brandon Davis; two great-granddaughters, Shanley and Teagan Ford; his close friends, Edward and Joan Biros, and Edward and Donna LaBonte; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, John, William and George Murphy, and by four sisters, Mary and Ida Murphy, Ruth Steele and Peg LaPlante.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held Saturday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society, 214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201, or to St. Stanislaus School, 108 Summer St. Adams, MA 01220.

To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com

This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.
Published online on Mar. 13, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.
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