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John Francis Murphy


1936 - 2019
John Francis Murphy Obituary
On the evening of June 9th, John Francis Murphy Jr, 83, smiled his last smile. Born May 11, 1936 to Doris O'Mara (1924 US Olympic Swim Team) and John F. Sr. he graduated Torrington High in 1954, Dartmouth College '58, Marine Corps Captain (1958-1961), Peace Corps (1962-1964 in Tunisia and Gabon), Boston College Law School ('67), met the love of his life, Johanna "Jojo" Cahill, married and moved to Hartford (she died 2001). Johnny spent over 50 years in Hartford registering people to vote, writing, painting, practicing law, playing the harmonica, volunteering, doing his Godfather impersonation, speaking fluent Spanish and French, hanging out at Tisane and raising $425,000 with the Psorakis' to give 71 students at SAND Everywhere School their college tuition. He is survived by his daughters, Tara and Heather, their husbands Peter Gorman and Keith Grant, his grandson, Tristan "T$" Gorman and two sisters, Maureen Pugsley (husband George, RIP), Eileen (& Tom) Mooney and his sister-in-law, Mimi (her husband, his brother, Denis, passed away in 2005). Uncle Johnny utterly adored his nieces and nephews on both the Murphy side and on Jojo's incredible, Cahill family side. Funeral service will be at 10 am on June 21st at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church (285 Church St. Hartford) and a get-together will be at The Town & County Club at 11 am (22 Woodland St. Hartford). In lieu of flowers, register a Democrat to vote.
Published in The Hartford Courant on June 13, 2019
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