Declan Murphy
1944 - 2021
BORN
1944
DIED
2021
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Burlingame, CA
Declan Murphy
April 16, 1944 - June 18, 2021
Declan Murphy passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on June 18th, after a brief, hard-fought battle with cancer and Parkinson's Disease. Declan was born April 16, 1944, in Limerick, Ireland to William and Barbara Murphy. After emigrating at age 15 to Burlingame with his parents, brothers Eugene and Damian, and sister Justine, he attended Serra High School, graduating in 1962. He then enlisted in the US Army, completing jump school at Fort Benning Georgia. After serving, he returned to San Mateo in 1965, joining the family business, Murphy and Hartelius, where he met his soon-to-be wife Emily when she was picking up her TWA uniform.
Throughout the years Declan developed a passion for golf, fine food, and travel, mastering them all. His home-cooked meals, with Emily's help, were legendary, as were the many trips to Europe with friends and family. Declan never lost his love for Ireland taking great pleasure in sharing his heritage and homeland, and most of all his Irish family. Despite becoming a US citizen, he remained an Irishman at heart. Declan was truly one of a kind- easy to love and hard to forget, which led to lifelong friendships throughout the world. His generosity was unparalleled and if he could lend a hand or make a difference he would. His quick wit came in handy on the golf course and in life.
The family is so grateful for the love and support of friends and family, far and wide, especially in the last few months. Declan took great comfort in those visits, and the phone calls to Ireland with his cousins provided immense joy. Declan is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Emily, daughter Melissa Armanini, son-in-law Greg and his two grandchildren, Jack and Kate, who truly made his world complete. He is also survived by his two brothers and their families, nieces, nephews and many cousins in Ireland. A private service will be held. Please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or The Michael J. Fox Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 25 to Jun. 27, 2021.
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We just learned of Declan's passing. Sending prayers and our thoughts to the family. RIP Cousin. Brenda and Monica (Flood)
Brenda Kohles
Family
July 25, 2021
Louise & Keith Lively
July 13, 2021
Murph, I am very sorry to hear about your brother. I always enjoyed his company and the softball games. My thoughts are with you. Dave
Dave Mezzetta
July 5, 2021
My sympathies to all the family
Luke Kevin O´Brien
Family
June 29, 2021
Condolences to the entire Murphy Family
Healy Family
Friend
June 29, 2021
Oh no ! I am so sorry to hear this . It was a pleasure going to get fitted for our uniforms bc you knew you were being cared for by the best . I loved his sense of humor and how he made everyone feel at ease . My sincerest condolences to his family may the beautiful memories carry them through this difficult time .
Cece Feliciano
June 28, 2021
What a beautifully constructed message, Emily and Family! We all learned to enjoy Declan's many loves you shared with us. Each segment became another unique lesson, which has been also shared with many others outside the clan. So special. Loving. And Remembered. Sir, You are truly beloved and missed ... sf A true joy was Declan
Steve Forbes
Friend
June 26, 2021
What a wonderful and full life he led. I think you put it perfectly, Melissa: heaven is undoubtedly much more fun with Declan residing there. Hugs and prayers, Laurie, Jim and Winn Hartford
Laurie Hartford
Friend
June 26, 2021
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