Frederick J. "Murph" Murphy, 87, of 217 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, passed away Wednesday (June 22, 2016) while in the company of family members, at Bradford Manor.
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Born Oct. 22, 1928, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Merle and Ruth Leaster Murphy.
Murph was a 1948 graduate of St. Bernard School.
On May 29, 1953, in St. Francis Church, he married Valrie L. Knapp Murphy, who survives.
Fred began working after high school at Bell Telephone Company.
On Jan. 9, 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a paratrooper during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 27, 1952.
Fred return from the service and resumed employment as a cable splicer with Bell Telephone Company. He retired from Verizon after 42 years of service. He was the district president for the Communication Workers of America in Western Pennsylvania.
Mr. Murphy was a member of St. Bernard Church, Bell Telephone Pioneers, VFW Post 212, and the American Legion Post 108.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Valrie of 63 years, are three daughters, Lynn (Chris) Wycoff of Lutz, Fla., Molly Barbour of Ruther Glen, Va., and Patti Murphy of Bradford; one son, Michael (Linda) Murphy of Conneaut, Ohio; one sister, Colleen Allen of Angola, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Diane Murphy of Bradford; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Joe Murphy, Neil Murphy and Tom Murphy; and a brother-in-law, Frederick Allen.
Family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Military honors will follow at church conducted by members of the American Legion Post 108. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford PA, 16701, or Shrine Hospital, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505, or
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from June 24 to June 30, 2016