Cornelius J. "Neil" Murphy, 83, of Bradford, passed away on Saturday (Dec. 13, 2014) at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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He was born on Feb. 6, 1931, in Bradford, a son of the late Merrel and Ruth Leaster Murphy. On June 21, 1952, in St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, he married Diane M. Borman, who survives.
Mr. Murphy was a 1951 graduate of the former St. Bernard High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War; while in the military he served as a sergeant in the 7th Infantry Division from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1954.
He was a member of Lt. John C. Roche Post 212 VFW, American Legion Post 108 and St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was a current board member of the Bradford City Water Authority, serving from 1997 until the present; while on the board he served as a vice chairman and currently as the assistant secretary treasurer. In 1996, he received the President's Award from the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association.
Mr. Murphy was formerly employed by Dresser Manufacturing, the former LeValley McLeod, Olean, Kent Meters, as their regional salesman and the former R.F. Schneider Pipe & Supply Co., Conneaut Lake, from which he retired in 1996; while working there he opened a warehouse in Ormsby.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, Diane Murphy of Bradford, he is also survived by one son, David (Sheri) Murphy of Findlay, Ohio; two daughters, Kathleen (Maurice) Sadowsky of Overland Park, Kansas and Debra (Karl) Johnson of Finleyville; one brother, Frederick (Valerie) Murphy of Bradford; one sister, Colleen Allen of Angola, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Michael Sadowsky, Daniel Sadowsky, Sarah Sadowsky, Katherine Johnson, Brian Johnson, Andrew Murphy and Nicholas Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Murphy and Thomas Murphy.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Mascho Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Burial and military honors will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to a
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.
Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22, 2014