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Kevin R. Murphy

Newark, DE - Kevin R. Murphy, age 65, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Kevin was born and raised in Wilmington and graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in 1973. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 18 years but always had a desire to become a police officer. In October of 1990 he started working for the New Castle County Department of Public Safety. He graduated from the police academy in April of 1991. He served the department for 20 years, 15 of those years working in the Evidence Detection Unit. He retired as a police officer in 2010 and continued his law enforcement career as a latent fingerprint examiner with the same department.

He enjoyed spending time with his family especially with his grandson, Brandon. He also enjoyed vacationing in Murrell's Inlet, South Carolina every year. He was a fan of the Phillies and the Eagles. He took great pride in his 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am which he recently reconditioned. He was a very generous and loving man who always put others first.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Constance (Mullin) Murphy, his children, Kevin, Michael, Jonathan and Lauren Baker (Dalton), his grandson, Brandon, his sister, Mary Ann Malin (James), his brother, Rev. David F. Murphy and his mother in law, Susanna Mullin. Kevin is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers in law and sisters in law. He was predeceased by his mother, Vivian Fontana Murphy, his father in law, John J. Mullin, Sr, and his brothers in law, Robert J. (Bobby) Mullin and John J. Mullin, Jr.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 23 from 5-8 pm at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd., Pike Creek. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 24 at 11 am at Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Rd., Newark, DE. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the NCC Mounted Police Fund, c/o Delaware Community Foundation, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 115, Wilmington, DE 19899 or to Heartland Hospice, 750 Pride's Crossing, Suite 110, Newark, DE 19713. To send condolences, visit: 302 999 8277.

Services for Kevin will be conducted in accordance with current COVID-19 directives, which require mandatory face masks, social distancing, and occupancy limits at both the funeral home and church. For those not able to attend in person, the Mass will be broadcast live through Kevin's obituary page on the funeral home website.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
Sorry to hear about Kevin's passing. He was a great guy to work with at Postal Service.
Donn & Joanne Brownlowe St. Matthews R.C. Church
Joanne Brownlowe
February 23, 2021
Father Murphy, I would like to express my most sincere sympathy at the passing of your brother. Kevin and your family will be in my prayers. God bless.
Dan Young
Delaware Air National Guard
Dan Young
February 22, 2021
Dear Connie and Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Was so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. May God give you strength in these days ahead to find peace and comfort. Bless all of you. Most Sincerely,
Brenda Smith Thompson
Brenda S. Thompson
February 20, 2021
Dear Constance & Children; Mary Ann & Jim; Fr. David,
I was saddened to hear of Kevin’s death. He was a gentle-man! I know you are mourning his loss.
Of course, living in the shadow of the Church and School, I would often wave to your Fontana grandparents= truly two of the pillars of St. Elizabeth. Then in later years, I remember seeing your mom ushering “you kids” across the street to school.
Now, I’m sure that all of Kevin’s deceased family members are rejoicing to be reunited with him. Your mom greeted him first and said to Jesus “This is MY beloved son. Let’s make him welcome!”
Know that you and your family are in my prayers. Know that all your deceased family friends are powerfully interceding for all your needs. May Kevin’s spirit live within you, and may you continue to feel his love for you!
God Bless you all! Sr. Patricia (Theresa) Gamgort, OSB
Sr. Patricia (Theresa) Gamgort, OSB
February 20, 2021
Dear Connie, MaryAnn and Fr. David Murphy, I am deeply sorry to read of the loss of your husband and brother, Kevin. He was such a good man. I remember him being so responsible as a very young man being so caring of his mother and siblings. And yes, I do remember always seeing him washing his Firebird! May all your fond memories of Kevin forever comfort you and your family.
JoAnne Celano DeNisio
February 20, 2021
Maryann and David, sorry for your loss. Kevin was a great guy. Always willing to help someone.

Lou & Mary Ellen Papili
Lou papili
February 20, 2021
So sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. We went to school together. Kevin was one of the good ones!
Frank Stepnowski
February 20, 2021
Connie & family, Kevin and I are so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. We will keep all of you in our thoughts & prayers!
Jeanne McCloskey
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