James Stephen Murphy, 90, of Middletown, beloved husband of sixty-six years to Evelyn (Buza) Murphy died peacefully Sunday May 9, 2021 at Middlesex Hospital.
Steve, as he was known, was born in New York City to the late William and Catherine (Conway) Murphy on December 26, 1930. A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School Bronx, New York and the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT where he earned his degree in engineering. He met the love of his life, Evelyn, they married in 1955 and located to Middletown to raise their family.
He volunteered his time and talents to his community throughout his years serving as a member of the Middletown Jaycees in the 1960’s and the Inland Wetland Committee in the 1970’s. After his retirement he continued in the same spirit volunteering to teach English as a Second Language and helping seniors prepare taxes with AARP Tax-Aide. He was an active and dedicated communicant of St Pius X Church. Prior to his retirement Steve was employed as an engineer with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for thirty years. He enjoyed a NY Giants game, vacations on Cape Cod with his family and time spent with friends.
Along with his parents he was predeceased by his son, David Murphy of Middlefield CT and siblings, William Murphy and Mary Crotty.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn, Son, Stephen Murphy and his wife Stephanie of Lutherville, MD. Daughters, Pam Murphy of Woodsville, NH and Cindy Lastrina and her husband Louie Lastrina of Middletown, CT. His grandchildren, the shinning stars of his life, Chelsea Murphy of Washington DC, Eric Murphy of San Francisco, CA, Shannon Murphy of Durham, NC, Rebecca Murphy of NY, NY, Kathryn Lastrina of Cincinnati, OH and Grace Lastrina of Middletown, CT. Sister, Sarah Delia and her husband Tom of Mt. Pleasant MI, and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home 3 Silver Street, Middletown on Thursday May 13th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A Funeral Liturgy will follow at Saint Pius X Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution to Cardinal Hayes H.S. 650 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451 Attn. Development Office or online at cardinalhayes.org. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.Read More