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Warren B. Murphy

Virginia Beach -

Warren Burton Murphy, award-winning author of more than two hundred books, entered into eternal rest in his home on the morning of September 4th. He was 81 years old.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, he worked in politics until creating the Destroyer series of books with Richard Sapir in 1964. Winner of a dozen national awards, including two Edgar awards and two Shamus awards, Murphy's writing spanned many genres, from action-adventure to political thrillers to screenplays (The Eiger Sanction, Lethal Weapon 2), and was a significant influence on many young writers.

He is survived by his five children-Deirdre Abbotts of Westport CT, Megan Murphy of Virginia Beach VA, Brian Murphy of Virginia Beach VA, Ardath Hering of Secaucus NJ, and Devin Murphy of Virginia Beach VA-as well as his six grandchildren: Adam, Samantha, Morgan, Adelaide, Thomas, and Tyler.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel on Virginia Beach Boulevard Saturday, September 12th from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Condolences may be offered to the family at:


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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Sep. 6, 2015.
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November 9, 2016
So sad to hear of your passing.I have been a fan of your work since my teens (now in my fifties ) and the body of work has been remarkable.I hope you are up in heaven scribbling away so I'll have something to read when I get there. GOD BLESS WARREN B MURPHY.
Ian Elliot
September 29, 2016
murphy you are truly missed in this world our family has been intertwined over the years and although not always together always in our hearts
when i asked you if you could do an interview for my college class you said yes before you even knew the time it never went without appreciation that you showed up before 8am i believe the deal was coffee in hand
i truly wish i could have stayed closer over the years i speak of you often and with great revere
Keith and Marina Maher and family
keith maher
April 23, 2016
You were my first great love and mentor. I never forgot you. Rest in peace. The "real Ruby"
Christine Petersen
November 8, 2015
Dear Molly,
Just today I was wondering where you, and Warren might be living. I am back in Teaneck, NJ and remember vividly waking up in the wee hours of the morning and listening to Warren's typewriter. My husband, Frederick, passed away four years ago from ALS. Our daughters, Lara and Ana live in Brooklyn now.
I felt very sad when I read that Warren has also passed away. We had so much fun having you both as our next-door neighbors sometime in 1982?
Bing Lorenzo 201 956 5860
October 5, 2015
Liked your style and humor. I'm an ardent Destroyer fan. Thank you!
Richard Draper
September 17, 2015
A man whose works got me to read as a teen. He gave me the gift of reading for enjoyment. May he rest in peace.
Christopher Peruzzi
September 15, 2015
We, of the Waldron family, offer you our sincere sympathy
Our dad, Bob Waldron, has so many wonderful memories of Warren, his friend and of your family
Our hearts go out to you at this sad time
Mary Waldron
September 15, 2015
Warren was a good friend of my brother, Bill, in Weehawken High School. I think they kept in touch for years. Warren was a really nice guy.
Joyce Schneider Oshrin
September 13, 2015
Thank you for all of your works. When I was sixteen he took the time to email me back comments on my Destroyer art. Not many left like him, and he will be missed. May he rest in peace.
Derrick Perez
September 11, 2015
An irascible pied-piper of mischief and mayhem whose glinty eyes, in my world, will never be dimmed. Sensei, rest well and be sure to have that drink with Toshiro Mifuni. ... A very heartfelt condolences from my family to yours.
Mariella Wednesday
September 8, 2015
Goodbye Warren. It was a pleasure meeting you and knowing you through Betty. May your loved ones hold you in their hearts forever.
Dani Riposo
September 7, 2015
Warren (Murph) and I go back to 1938. We've kept in touch for the next 7 7 years,sometimes reliving memories or just relating lifes' ups and downs. I will miss him greatly. I share your feelings of loss.
Harry Winarski
September 7, 2015
The world has lost a great writer and a great man.
Robert Embler
September 7, 2015
So sorry for your loss may he r.I.p. And my god gave you the strength to deal with your loses in his name amen love Donna and kenny mount
Donna and kenny mount
September 6, 2015
My prayers are with you. Warren is missed by all of us.
Denise Caron
September 6, 2015
I am so glad and honored to have met the man, the myth, the legend. That's how I think of him. Such a huge presence with such ease. I'll cherish the few moments of being an honorary daughter at the book signing. Condolences to you all.
Kate Ingraham
September 6, 2015
Warren, you were one in a million. You are loved and loved. May you rest in peace.
Joanna and Scot (Master and Commander) Abel
September 6, 2015
Donna mount
September 6, 2015
R.I.P Mr.Murphy ,Your Destroyer Books have always been my all-time favorites,my condolences to your family . Jeffrey Shearer YORK,PA.
September 6, 2015
Rest in peace Warren, you were a joy to read and I hope you are at rest
Steve Roberts
September 6, 2015
My condolences to Mr. Murphy's friends and family. He will be missed.
- a fan
Dave Pawlak
September 6, 2015
RIP Sir Warren. Our family was blessed to have known you. Your stories and advice are our treasures. You will be missed by so many. Our sincere condolences to all of the Murphy family.
Lorrie, John, Jesse (Wimett) & Ben Bramlett
September 6, 2015
While I only spoke with him briefly, his impact was huge and the loss of him is felt deeply.
Warren was a genius in his own right and always stood for his beliefs while giving everyone a laugh.
He will be missed greatly.
RIP, or keep the MAN busy.
Jennifer Pringle
September 6, 2015
I will tell my dad Andrew Ettinger of Warrens passing, if he was not already notified. My dad was his editor and publisher back in his prime. I wish you all well and this great man and friend will be missed. ~ Alexandra Ettinger Collins
September 6, 2015
Warren touched our imaginations in so many ways.He was a big part of my life,even though I never had the pleasure of meeting him.My condolences to all of his loved ones.He will live forever in our minds and hearts.
John McBryde
September 6, 2015
My condolences to your family and friends. Your novel , 'The Destroyer ' was , has been the only series of books I have ever read to its entirety ! Thank you , and "GOD BLESS YOU " and your family
Philip Elizalde
September 6, 2015
Rest in peace my dear friend. You are loved and will be missed by many! You have left a defined footprint on this earth and have forever changed so many lives. The world is a better place because of you. Love you!
Donna Crittendon
September 6, 2015
My heart goes out to his family. Warren was an amazing man, and friend. I'm forever grateful for his guidance and encouragement. Rest easy Sir
Ian Totten
September 6, 2015
our thoughts,love and prayers are with you Murphy and the whole family so sorry we wont be able to make it up for the services but we will be there with all of you. love you all.
Carolynn&George Maher
September 6, 2015
My thoughts are with all of you. I have so many memories of our times together.
Joann Meier
September 6, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to your family. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have with you Dad.
Susan and Dennis May
September 6, 2015
He will be missed by all who loved his work. His work will always live on in our hearts and in our minds.
Rick Bywalski
September 6, 2015
RIP Warren.you will be missed especially your wit and humor
Joe Brumley
September 6, 2015
I was sorry to hear of this, even sorrier that I didn't get to meet him in person, only through brief correspondences. He was kind, funny, and had a lot of good advice. Most people aren't anywhere as productive as he was even in his last years, his works will outlast us all.
September 6, 2015
RIP dear Warren. I will always hold close, the conversations and memories from our favorite watering hole. You will be truly missed but never forgotten.
Kelly Neubecker
September 6, 2015
Toni Engle
September 6, 2015
There will never be another like you, Mr. Murphy. Rest in peace in God's hand.
James McGachey
September 6, 2015
You are loved and loved Champ by many. A one of a kind man. We will miss you dearly. Until we meet again, rest peacefully! Love you! (Your favorite daughter-in-law)
Karen Murphy
September 6, 2015
Rest in Peace my dear friend, Warren. You will forever be in my heart, my mind and my soul! I have been truly blessed to have you as a friend. You will be forever be Loved and Loved!
Chuck Leathers
September 6, 2015
You were loved and loved champ. A one of kind man. You impacted many lives. You will be missed. Until we met again, rest peacefully. Love you! (Your favorite daughter-in-law)
Karen Murphy
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