Henry Brown Murphy
Henry Brown Murphy, 88, of Pennington died peacefully on Thursday. He was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. For more than 50 years, Mr. Murphy operated the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, which is still family owned and operated since 1870.
He was a graduate of the Lawrenceville Preparatory School and attended Georgetown University and the Eckles College of Mortuary Science. He served in the signal corps, 3rd Army, European Theatre, from 1943 to 1946.
Mr. Murphy was the Secretary of Resorts International, Inc. for many years before becoming the Chairman in 1986 following the death of his brother-in-law, James M. Crosby. He also served on the Board of Directors of The Trenton Trust Company and The National State Bank.
He was a Councilman-at-Large of the City of Trenton from 1962 to 1970. Other services included President of the War Memorial Commission, Vice-Chairman of the Parking Authority Commission, member of the Trenton Planning Board and past President of the Mercer County Funeral Directors Association.
Mr. Murphy was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he served in many capacities in the local George Washington Council and the Northeast Region before being named to the National Board of Directors in 1984. He was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award, The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award and the Silver Beaver Award. He was also active in Catholic Scouting, where he held many positions before being elected as Chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting in 1980. In these capacities he earned the St. George Award and the Pelican Award as well as the For God and Youth award from the National Catholic Conference of Bishops.
Mr. Murphy was named to the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II In 1979. He served as a Trustee of the Church of the Incarnation, a member of Trenton Diocese Pastoral Board, the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, the Trenton Kiwanis Club and the Navy League.
He was a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Hun School of Princeton and Stuart County Day School. A long time board member of Morris Hall/St. Lawrence, he served as chairman during its building expansion. Mr. Murphy was also a past president of the Pelletier Day School and the Mount Carmel Guild and was a past board member of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce and the Trenton Country Club.
Son of the late Rose Brown and M. William Murphy, and brother of the late Catherine Murphy Graham and M. William Murphy, Jr., he is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elaine Crosby Murphy; two daughters, Rosemary (Rusti) Murphy Kitts and her husband Stephen; M. Elaine Murphy Arnold and her husband Mark, both of Yardley, PA, and three sons, Henry B. Murphy Jr. and his wife Eileen of Princeton Junction, NJ; John C. Murphy and his wife Marcia; and Stephen M. Murphy, both of Coronado, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Stephen R. Kitts and his wife Jill Simeone, Emilie Kitts Ricker and her husband Aaron, Kathryn Kitts and Elizabeth Kitts; Kathleen Murphy, John Murphy and Patrick Murphy; John C. Murphy, Jr.; Suzanne Arnold and James Arnold; two great granddaughters, Ava and Stella Kitts. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 3 until 8pm at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Ave., Ewing, NJ 08618. Please visit www.murphyfh.com for additional information.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10am in the Church of St. Ann, 1253 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Morris Hall, 1 Bishops’ Dr., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or The Village Charter School Fund, 101 Sullivan Way, Trenton, NJ 08628.
Posted on 09 Aug 2013 by MFH