Desmond A. Murphy
DESMOND A. MURPHY
Desmond A. Murphy, 66, of Trenton passed away at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, April 13, 2015 with his loving family at his side.
Born in Dublin, Ireland on September 28, 1948, Desmond immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 7 years old. His younger years were spent on Long Island in East Meadow and in Huntington, New York. At the age of eighteen, he joined the Army and served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. After his discharge from the military in 1971, he took up residence in Trenton, New Jersey and opened Murphy’s 149 Club on Washington Street. He also worked as a banking consultant with Capital Partners, Inc. in Fallsington, PA. In addition, Desmond was one of the founders of the Trenton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1985, a tradition that still lives on to this day.
A member of the United States Army 1st Calvary in the Vietnam Conflict, Desmond received the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Two Purple Hearts, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the IOS Bar Air Medal.
Desmond was a member of the American Legion Post 31, a life member of the VFW Post 491, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians (the Monsignor Crean Division #1), Military Order of the Cootie, DAV Chapter 41, Vietnam Veterans United of Mercer County and the New Jersey Mission of Honor.
Desmond Murphy was a man with a heart of gold. “Murphy,” as he was so affectionately called, always went out of his way to be of service to others. His acts of kindness and thoughtfulness brought joy to saddened hearts and smiles to tear-stained faces. He could always be seen dropping off food to the poor and the homeless at the Trenton Soup Kitchen, visiting veterans nursing homes in the Hamilton area, and collecting clothing for the various veterans organizations. He was passionate about participating in the American Legion National Program, distributing red crepe paper poppies in exchange for donations to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans, as well as helping active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs. Additionally, “Murphy” gave of his time and energy to the church. He ran the Bingo for many, many years at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and volunteered wherever he was needed. “Murphy’s” caring ways knew no bounds and made Jesus’ love felt by all those whose lives he touched so beautifully.
As Desmond returns home to his heavenly Father, he will be greeted by his parents, Augustine O. and Violet Murphy, his grandparents, his mother-in-law, Dorothy M. Lettiere, and his extended family members who have gone before him.
Desmond will be greatly missed by his wife, Denise Y. Murphy and his children, Caitlin M. Murphy and Colleen R. Murphy; his stepdaughter, Jennifer Carseberg and her spouse Mats Carseberg of Hamilton; his grandchildren, Danny Donoher and Alex Carseberg of Hamilton, his brother Augustine P. Murphy of Deltona, Florida; his cousins Eamon Moore and Buddy Moore, both of Dublin, Ireland; his sister-in-law Carole J. Ross and her spouse John A. Ross of Kansas, his sister-in-law Sister Dorothy Lettiere, RSM of Guam, and his brother-in-law Michael A. Lettiere and his wife Louise Lettiere of Yardville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 East State St. Ext., Hamilton. Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 1863 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08619. American Legion Post 31 will hold a ceremony Monday at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, New Jersey.
Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by MFH