John Thomas Murphy Jr.

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John Thomas (Jack) Murphy, Jr., fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, entered into eternal life on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the age of 94, following a brief illness. Beloved husband for 66 years of Shirley Pollnow Murphy. Loving father of Barbara Bryant, Christie Murphy, Jane (Buzz) Samuel, John T. (Liz) Murphy, III and Terry (Mary) Murphy. Proud Papa of Derek (Jamie) Bryant, Christina Bryant, Justin Bryant, Clarie Samuel, Cate (Anthony) Bartolacci, James Samuel, Johnny Samuel, Lissa Samuel, Emily Murphy, Natalie Murphy, Kathryn Murphy and Thomas Murphy. Dear Greatgrandfather of Johnny and Caroline Saksa. Mr. Murphy is survived by his brother, Robert Emmet Murphy, and his sister, Patricia Cochran. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas and Lillian Elizabeth Murphy, and his sister, Marian Brown. Dear brother-in-law of Pete and Mart Hennessey, Nancy and Charles Pollnow, and the late Marge Murphy, Bill Brown, John Cochran, Frank (Georganne) Pollnow and Clarann (George) Budke. Dear uncle, great uncle, cousin and a friend to many. We are so grateful to all who helped him throughout his life, particularly in his later years, especially our dear friend, Teresa Grant, who lovingly cared for him in his final days. Mr. Murphy was born on August 17, 1917, in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1935. He attended St. Louis University and Washington University, where he received his law degree in 1940. He began his practice of law in the office of Mark D. Eagleton. He served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during World War II. He was a Founding Member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Former Special Agents of the FBI. He was a member of the Missouri Bar until his death, and actively practiced law most of his life. Together with the late Mayor Alfonso Cervantes and the late James Holland, he founded Mound City Industries, which grew to be one of the largest candy and tobacco distributors in the country. Mr. Murphy's family was involved in St. Louis politics since the early 1900's, and he shared this interest. He was a trusted advisor and influenced the careers of many, including Senators Thomas Eagleton, Stuart Symington, Edward Long, Gov. Warren Hearnes and Mayor Alfonso Cervantes. He assisted in the presidential campaigns of Hubert Humphrey and Edmond Muskie and was chairman of the Rules Committee at the 1972 Democratic Convention. Mr. Murphy was a member of the Board of Governors of the Missouri Athletic Club, where he served as President in 1963-1964, and is a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a co-founder of the St. Louis Ambassadors and was an active promoter of all aspects of St. Louis. He served on the Boards of Dismas House, The Laymen's Retreat League, and Wilderness Country Club in Naples, Fl., where he maintained a winter home. He was also a member of the Manresan Society and Old Warson Country Club. Mr. Murphy had many interests which he shared with his friends and family, including golf, hunting, cycling, squash, travel, and many wonderful years in Naples, Florida. He was an avid reader and strongly believed in the importance of daily exercise. Services: The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Immacolata, 8900 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. No visitation. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Murphy requested memorial contributions to St. Louis University High SchoolMichael Murphy Scholarship Fund, 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis 63110, White House Retreat, 7400 Christopher, St. Louis, 63129 and The Crudem Foundation, P.O. Box 804, Ludlow, MA, 01023. A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from June 10 to June 12, 2012
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