Leo Paul Murphy, 79, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 13th. At the time of his passing, the skies opened up in a downpour and Scranton felt the tears of those who will forever keep Leo in their hearts.
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Son of the late Thomas and Mary King Murphy, Leo was born in the Highworks section of Scranton and resided in Glenburn with his wife for the past 50 years. He attended Holy Rosary High School and was a decorated veteran of the Korean War.
Known to many as the Legend of Waverly Elementary School in the Abington Heights District, Leo was a friend to students, parents, staff, and teachers alike. A devoted servant of Jesus, he led a prayer group of over 200 worshippers in Mayfield for many years.
His quick wit and humor and his love of the Lord endeared him to many. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by family and friends.
A wonderful husband, Leo is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Swaboski Murphy. They would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary together on June 22nd.
A beloved father, he is also survived by his ten children: Mary Wood and husband Glen, Clarks Summit; Kathleen Murphy and Patrick Gibson, Pompano Beach, FL; Joseph Murphy and wife Sandra Suprick Murphy, Newton Township; Diane Yellowhorse, SMSgt,USAF (Retired) and husband Robert Jr., Dalzell, SC; Sharon Dickman and husband Robert III, South Abington Township; Bruno Murphy and wife Tara Wilson Murphy, Cincinnati, OH; Anthony Murphy, at home; Arnold Murphy and wife Danielle Burrell Murphy, Bloomsburg; Luke Murphy, Williamsport; and Mark Murphy and wife Lauren Fahl Murphy, Endicott, NY.
Leo was very proud of his 18 grandchildren: Lindsay Prasi Randolph, Kevin Prasi, Benjamin and Noah Wood; Alea, Aislinn, and Ariel Murphy, Melinda and Megan Dickman; Mercedes, William, and Thomas Murphy; Skylar and Dallas Murphy; Torri, Nadia, Gabriella, and Adriana Murphy. Leo was blessed as well with three great-grandchildren Cole Kochanowski, Amara Randolph, and Kayleigh Leonard and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and six brothers: Mary Murphy, Catherine Kisal, Helen Fawcett; Thomas, Francis, Jerome, George, Robert, and John Murphy.
Memorial service with full Military honors will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, at Parker Hill Community Church, 607 North Abington Road, Clarks Green, PA 18411. Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. until the service and are invited to participate in the celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parker Hill Community Church Benevolence Fund.
Published in Scranton Times on June 15, 2010