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Martin "Ben" V. Murphy
Passed peacefully October 14, 2012 surrounded by his family. A first generation San Franciscan, Ben was born April 18, 1929 to Irish parents Patrick and Margaret Murphy. He attended St. Anne's, St. Ignatius '47, USF '52 and Golden Gate University (MS). A true City boy, he loved San Francisco. After serving in Army Intelligence, Ben married the love of his life, Noreen Farley. They raised their family on 27th Avenue in St. Cecilia's Parish and then relocated to the Marina.
An athlete, Ben played handball in Golden Gate Park, the YMI, and the South End Rowing Club. He loved collecting old cars and was proud of his '32 Deuce Coupe, '47 Willie's Jeep and his favorite, the '50 Chevy. Ben's deep Catholic faith is evidenced through his support of Catholic Education, the Jesuit Community, and the Archdiocese Building Committee. True to his work ethic and love of real estate, he worked until the day he died.
A man with quick wit and Irish charm, his sparkling blue eyes, kind smile and quiet strength created lifelong friendships. Ben had a gift to draw people in with his strong handshake or warm hug.
Devoted and loving husband of Noreen for 56 years; beloved father of Marty, Nora, Margaret, Patrick (Elsa), John and Eileen (Perry) Tomei; dear brother of the late May Herrerias (Rene) and Jack Murphy (d. Claire); brother-in-law to Kathy (d. Joe) Boden, Bernadette (d. Terry) McKeon, Ann (d. Bill) Newman; and survived by many loving relatives and friends.
Affectionately nicknamed "Gumpa" by grandchildren Matt, Cary, Nicole, Paddy, Lauren, Dylan, Nico, Ben and Ryann, he served as a role model, guiding his grandchildren down a path of hard work, honesty and love of one another. His family will cherish the many memories of their beach vacations.
Family and Friends are invited to attend a Rosary Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. and the Funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. both at St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Ignatius Church.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2012
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