Paul James Murphy
Paul James Murphy, born April 6th, 1924 passed away peacefully at his home in Florida on July 5th, 2021 at the age of 97. His grandparents emigrated from County Westmeath in Ireland in the 1800's, and his parents owned and ran a 60 acre dairy farm, Grand View Dairy, in Norwalk, CT. Paul was born in Norwalk, CT where he lived and attended school, as well as working on the family farm, until he joined the Army Air Force at the age of 19. He spent 3 years in the Army Air Force as a pilot, as well as performing 1st and 2nd Echelon aircraft armament repair and maintenance, and acting as a tail gunner when required. When he was 26 he married the love of his life, Gloria Patricia Bard, and they were inseparable until his death. At 26 he designed and built the home they lived in for over 50 years in New Canaan, CT. In over 70 years of marriage, they raised 8 children and had 6 grandchildren. He was a custom home builder in New Canaan and Darien for over 50 years, and built and remodeled many homes there. Paul and his wife lived in New Canaan for over 50 years, then in Fairfield, CT for many years, with a summer home in Rhode Island. They retired permanently to Florida in 1997, traveling back to CT for 6 months of the year to visit their children in the area. Throughout their life together, they traveled extensively, enjoying many trips all over the world.
Paul was an accomplished horseman, an avid tennis player, had a great love of music, and enjoyed gardening, fishing, crossword puzzles, poker, bowling, and mineral collecting. Paul attended St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan, and for many years was active in the Knights of Columbus and the Hibernians.
He is predeceased by his 10 brothers and sisters, and his son, Patrick. He leaves behind his devoted wife, Gloria, of Seminole, Florida, his daughters: Mary McNeel of Lake Tahoe, California, Paula Kilkenny of Greenwich, Connecticut, Fran Argay of Avon, CT and Meg Murphy of Stratford, CT and his sons Kevin of Sedona, AZ, Chris of Seminole FL and Tim of Aiken, SC.
He will be deeply mourned, and remembered always for his love of life, his sense of humor, his strength of character, his fairness and guidance, and especially for his kindness.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."- From an Irish headstone.
Published by New Canaan Advertiser from Jul. 8 to Jul. 12, 2021.