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Robert F. Murphy ALBANY - Robert F. Murphy passed away on Monday, October 12 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY surrounded by his loving family. He was 80 Years old. Born on July 17, 1935 in Albany, NY, he was the son of the late Francis and Helen Ryan Murphy. Bob was an exceptional athlete, excelling in basketball and baseball for CBA High School. From there he received a full scholarship to Manhattan College where he excelled at both sports. His college basketball home court was Madison Square Garden, where he and his teammates faced several future NBA players. Upon graduation from college Bob received an offer to play for the Boston Redsoxs and was a territorial draft pick for the New York Knicks. He decided to start his career as an educator and coach in the capital district. He was a beloved coach for various varsity teams in the area including CBA, Cohoes, Albany and finally Saratoga Springs. Bob worked for the Saratoga Springs School District for over 27 years as an assistant principal and coach for several of their athletic teams. Upon his retirement in 1992 from the school district, Mr. Murphy took employment with Saratoga County as the DWI Coordinator and Director and was still active with that position. Mr. Murphy was a long time member of the McGregor Links Country Club and was Club Champion in 1986 and Senior Club Champion in 2009. It was there you would find Bob on Saturdays and Sundays for his early morning tee times and all the various McGregor Links events. Bob is predeceased by his beloved mother Helen, father Francis and his grandson Thomas John Murphy. Survivors include his wife of over 30 years, Melanie; sons, Thomas R. Murphy (Saratoga Springs, NY), James P. Murphy (Saratoga Springs, NY); daughter, Karen (Steven) Hefter (Hughesville, MD); step daughters, Lisa Thomas (Saratoga Springs, NY), Kim (Alex) Fiore (Miami, FL), Carol Pollett (Saratoga Springs, NY); brother William (Kathy) Murphy, Chicago, Il; grandchildren, Alicia, Lauren, Olivia, Matthew, Keegan, Kennedy, Cody, Chad, Nicole, Jordan, Steven, Erica, Kelly, Billy; three great grandchildren and countless close friends and past student athletes. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the McGregor Links Country Club, 359 Northern Pines, Rd., Wilton, NY 12831. A celebration of life will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert F. Murphy Athletic Scholarship Fund and mailed to Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 OR The Saratoga Hospital Foundation, in the name of Robert Murphy, sent to The Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are entrusted to the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY. Online remembrances may be made at www.tunisonfuneralhome.com.
Published in www.saratogian.com on Oct. 15, 2015
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