Salem - Thomas P. Murphy Jr., 81, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, while surrounded by his family.
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He was born in Norwich in 1931, to the late Thomas P. and Anna M. Murphy Sr. He was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean conflict.
On Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Mary Church in Greenville, he married his beloved wife Carol (Kirby) who survives him. Together they had two children and made their home in Norwich.
Tom worked for 32 years for SNET until his retirement. He was an avid camper, particularly staying near the shoreline, and was well known for his sense of humor. He enjoyed caring for his property but most of all, caring for his family.
He is survived by his wife Carol; daughter, Carlean Wirt and her husband, Gregory; son, Thomas A. Murphy and his wife, Maureen; one sister, Ann McGrath and her husband, Robert; two grandchildren, Martin and Chelsea Wirt; sister-in-law, Alicia K. Dyer; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, at Saints Peter & Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth St., Norwich, meeting directly at church. Interment will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, at Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich.
Memorial donations may be made in Tom's name to St. Patrick School, 211 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com
Labenski Funeral Home
107 Boswell Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
Published in The Day on May 9, 2013