John Edward “Jack” Murphy, 78, of Orange died suddenly on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Hospital of St. Raphael.
He was the devoted husband of 57 years to Alice Walsh Murphy.
Jack was born in Derby on November 13, 1934, son of the late John J. and Kathryn (Coss) Murphy, and has been an Orange resident for many years.
Jack was a veteran of the US Navy serving his country during the Korean Conflict.
He was the former President of Murphy Ford Sales, Inc. and later the General Manager of the CT Warehouse Distributors. He was a Certified Commercial Flight Instructor and enjoyed flying in his spare time.
Jack had a great sense of giving back to the community. He was a past Grand Knight and a 4th Degree Knight in the Trinity Council in Woodbridge, a former board member of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, a board member and past president of the Rec Camp in Derby, a member and past President of the CT Ford Dealer’s Association, a board member of the National Air Disaster Alliance and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Derby.
Jack’s greatest love was supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s endeavors.
He is the beloved father of Ellen DiVerniero and her husband Steve, Susan Murphy and her husband Ken Sokoloski, and the late John Edward Murphy, Jr. He is the cherished grandfather of Callie, Hanna, and Mattie Sokoloski, the loving brother of Barbara Ford and her husband Edward, and the late Donald Murphy.
He is the brother-in-law of Maureen Murphy. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
Friends may greet his family on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 PM in the Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth Street, Derby. On Friday his funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in Holy Infant Church, Orange.
Burial with full military honors will be at Mt. St. Peter’s Cemetery.
At the request of his family memorial contributions may be made to the Valley United Way, 54 Grove Street, Shelton, CT 06484. Leave condolences at www.adzimafh.com