James J. Murphy, a resident of Archbald, died Tuesday afternoon at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, after a courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife, the former Marie Kane, had been married 36 years on Sept. 15.
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Born in Archbald, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Kane Murphy. He attended Archbald schools and was a 1954 graduate of Archbald High School. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where he served as an usher, lector and acolyte. Before retirement, he was employed by Tobyhanna Army Depot as an assemblyman in the electronics division.
Jimmy had an extensive resume. There weren't many things he wasn't involved in to serve his fellow man. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Jessup chapter, and a very active member of the Archbald Lions Club, where he donated his time to the Thanksgiving dinner every year. He was also involved with the foreign student exchange program.
He served a total of 32 years combined in the Army 109th and the 55th Brigade Infantry Division of the National Guard. He was a member of Ambrose-Revels Post 328 and Hricak-McAndrew Post 869 American Legion, Archbald, and Eynon VFW Post 7963. Jim was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Archbald Notre Dame Club and a former board member of Valley View High School. He worked on the blood drive committee for the American Red Cross and was a recipient of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for community service. A very instrumental person, working for the church picnics of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Mary's, you would always see him selling instant bingo tickets. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and could be seen in the St. Patrick's Day parade, on a float or walking the parade route with his shillelagh. If something needed to be done, you could always ask Jimmy, and if he couldn't do it, he knew someone who could get it done.
The family would like to send a sincere thank you to the staff of the Mid-Valley Hospital for its excellent care, compassion and support.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Alice Raider and husband, William, Archbald; a brother, Daniel Murphy and wife, Vivian, Peckville; three sisters, Mary Ann Langan, Scranton; Kathleen Moore and husband, Robert, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and Hilda Hunt and husband, Gerald, Union Dale; a sister-in-law, Ann Murphy, Scranton; and a very special granddaughter, who was the apple of his eye, Jaime Ellen Raider; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Murphy; an infant brother, Gerald Murphy; and a brother, Francis Murphy.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home, 420 Church St., Archbald, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 417 Main St., Eynon. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Anyone attending the funeral is asked to proceed directly to the church.
Friends may call Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church or to its food pantry, 411 Church St. Archbald, PA 18403.
For directions or online condolences, visit www.RapochFuneralHome.com.
Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home
420 Church Street
Archbald, PA 18403
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 15, 2009