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John T. Murphy Jr.

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July 6, 1934-Feb. 20, 2013

John T. Murphy Jr., age 78, who was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, MI, died after a long illness on February 20, 2013 at Golden Hill Health Care Center in Kingston, N.Y. He was born July 6, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to the late John T. Murphy and Blanid L. (Sweeney) Murphy. He married Patricia (O'Reilly) Murphy on November 26, 1960 at St. Mary's Church in Kingston. He was a graduate of the Class of 1953 of Sacred Heart Academy where he played on the football and basketball teams.
John received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1957 and a Master of Science Degree in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1963. He was employed for 35 years by IBM, retiring in 1992 as a Senior Financial Planner. In 1992, he and his wife co-founded High Land Flings Hiking Holidays, a hiking and walking tour company, and he became a licensed NYS DEC Hiking Guide. He was an avid skier. John served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston for 21 years and, for a number of years, as the Corporate Agent for IBM for the Notre Dame Annual Fund drive. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Kingston where he served as a Eucharistic minister for many years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Maura Murphy of New York, NY, and Patrick J. Murphy and his wife Amy of Hyde Park, VT, two grandchildren, Gavin Murphy and Lily Murphy of Hyde Park, VT, his sister, Mary Jo Revitte of Westcliffe, CO, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his twin sister Blanid Ann Murphy.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Joseph's Church, 242 Wall Street in Kingston, followed by cremation. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kingston, NY. Arrangements were by A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 65 Lucas Avenue, Kingston, NY.
Published in The Morning Sun on Mar. 26, 2013
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