MORAVIA — Richard (Dick) Murphy, 90, of Moravia, passed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.
Born in Moravia, he was the son of Frederick C. and Frances (O’Toole) Murphy.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his two siblings, Patricia A. Hall, and Thomas J. Murphy.
Dick was a 1945 graduate of the “old” Moravia High School on Church Street. Before his passing, Dick was the last living person who had attended the Oak Hill Road country school, district #4. Dick was active in the Future Farmers of America, Moravia Boy Scout Troop 55, Auburn Knights of Columbus Council 207, and the Moravia Volunteer Fire Department. Dick also served at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church as a Eucharistic Minister, past president of the Parish Council, past president of the Holy Name Society, and a teacher for the youth religious education program. Dick and his family hosted a foreign exchange student from Costa Rica for one year. They also hosted foreign exchange students attending Cornell University on several occasions.
Throughout his life, Dick was a hard worker. As a young lad on his family’s farm, he milked the dairy cows each morning before going to school. During his high school years, he worked at Hewitt Brothers. Later, Dick worked at Ryerson Dodge Auto in Moravia and for five years he managed the Auburn dealership. Dick retired after 35 years in sales for the Syracuse Glass Company in Syracuse.
Dick is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 70 years, Arlene Murphy; his children, Kathleen M. (Ron Bell), Barbara A. (Phil Byrd), Christine L. (Keith B. Robinson), Dennis R. Murphy (Sue Mekker), and Theresa A. (Lee Conklin); 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Dick is also survived by many nephews and nieces, including Garry Murphy and Julie Saltsman.
Dick lived a long and prosperous life in Moravia. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church fostered his strong faith in the Lord. He was baptized in the baptismal font donated to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church by his grandparents, Thomas and Annie Ennis O’Toole. Dick always stated, “I was baptized, confirmed, and married there … and I will be carried back home there (at St. Patrick’s).”
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Wade Funeral Home, Moravia. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Moravia.