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MORRIS TWP. -- Joseph J. Murphy died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, at the N.J. Firemen's Home, Boonton, N.J. He was 76.
Born in Morristown, he lived in Mendham, N.J., for 20 years before moving to Morris Township 25 years ago. He was a 1953 graduate of Morristown High School.
He served in the Army, 2nd Infantry during the Korean conflict. At age 16, Joe enlisted with the National Guard, was sent to Korea for two years and returned to graduate from high school. He was an animal control officer with the town of Morristown for 25 years, retiring in 1997. He was a volunteer fireman with the Mendham Volunteer Fire Department. He was past commander of the American Legion Post 59 of Morristown.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Whalen) Murphy; two children, Sean Michael Murphy and Elizabeth Mary Murphy, both of Morris Township; a brother, John T. Murphy; a nephew, Todd Murphy; and many cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of the Assumption, Morristown, on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J. Hours of visitation at the Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Ave., Morristown, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's memory to the N.J. Firemen's Home, Lathrop Ave., Boonton, N.J.

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Published in The Daily Record on Nov. 16, 2008.
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December 11, 2008
Dear Trishia,Sean and Elizabeth,
Please accept my belated condolences for your loss. My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.
Liz Wojtal
November 18, 2008
Dear Tricia, Sean & Elizabeth,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
Jean & Chuck Brezinski
Scotch Plains, NJ
November 18, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
November 17, 2008
I first met Joe in our freshman year, 1947, at Morristown High School. In 1950 we were both members of Battery B, 695th Armored Field Artillery Battalion and were ordered to active duty and shipped to Fort Knox. Joe attained the rank of Sargent and served with distinction in Korea. He returned to civilian life and subsequently graduated from MHS '53. He was a true friend and will be missed!
Arnold Dunham
November 16, 2008
Dear Trish, Sean and Elizabeth,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences and know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Maria, David, Michael, Stephen and Amanda Leferman
Maria and David Leferman
November 16, 2008
Dearest Tricia,
You are close in my heart! I send you deepest sympathy and prayers. May you, Sean, and Elizabeth find strength in family and the love that surely surrounds you all. I love you and send you my thoughts. I will look forward to hugging you...
Connie Hagelin
November 16, 2008
Joe The Dog Catcher! A great guy and a good friend who will be missed by those whose lives he touched.
Mike Dodd
November 16, 2008
Dear Trish and Family,
I am so sorry. Another Morristown icon has passed. you are all in my prayers.

Lorraine Nally
November 16, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Daniel Murphy
November 16, 2008
Dear Tricia and family,
Our deapest sympathy to your family.
Cristine and Melissa Walker
Cristine Walker
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