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John J. Murphy "Jack" 1930-2010 PITTSFIELD John J. (Jack) Murphy of Pittsfield died December 6, 2010 at Berkshire Medical Center after a long illness. He was born in the Bronx September 16, 1930, son of Denis and Mae Hunt Murphy and brother of the late Maureen Murphy. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York, and received a B.E.E. degree from Manhattan College. He was employed by Sperry Gyroscope in New York as a field engineer and later as a technical writer. He began his real estate appraising career in 1966. He was married to Eileen Slattery in 1962. The family moved to Pittsfield in 1973 and eventually opened Murphy appraisal. After his faith and his family, his greatest love was the outdoors. He was a founding member of the Berkshire Knapsackers. He was chosen to receive the William Foley award in 2005 presented by the Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind, sponsored by the Berkshire Eagle. His talent for writing led him to challenge the thinking public through his many letters to the editor. He was a champion of the pre-born. He is survived by his wife Eileen, children Mary (Brad), Betty Ann, Jim (Helen), Tom (Martha), Peggy, and Nancy (Chirag), and grandchildren Althea, Sinéad, and Caleb Lamel; Amelia and Órla Murphy; and Oona Patel. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for John J. (Jack) Murphy will be Friday at 8:30 a.m. from Dwyer Funeral Home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Church in Pittsfield. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, New York. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations requested for Pregnancy Support Services of Berkshire County care of Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield MA.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 8, 2010
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