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Hugh J. Murphy

March 25, 1942 - September 12, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: September 21, 2019

Place of Service Saint Bernards Church

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A Golden heart stopped beating. Hugh Joseph Murphy, 77, of Honesdale, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, September 12, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma (Roy) Murphy. The couple married on February 2, 1963.

He was the beloved son of the late Robert E. and Gladys (McGranaghan) Murphy. He was born on March 25, 1942 in New York City.

Hugh proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years retiring as a Master Sergeant. Following his military career, he embarked on a second career at Farview State Hospital and the State Correctional Institute at Waymart. He retired from SCI Waymart as a Captain in 2004 with 23 years of service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was highly respected by the men and women he served with. He established and maintained many long-standing friendships and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Hugh was a faithful member of St. John the Evangelist Parish attending St. Bernard’s Church in Beach Lake.

A devoted husband and father, Hugh is also survived by his children, James Murphy, Colleen Lowe and husband Kevin, and Michael Murphy and wife Carol. He cherished his time spent with family and idolized every one of them. Hugh never missed an opportunity to commend his love ones and regularly expressed a great sense of pride with their accomplishments.

In addition to his wife and children, Hugh is survived by his two sisters and a brother: Mary O’Neill and husband Benedict, Ann Keely and husband Kenneth and Robert Murphy.

Hugh was admired and adored by his nine grandchildren: Kevin Lowe Jr., Karey (Lowe) Hoffman, Kayla (Lowe) McCauley, Krysta Lowe, Kolby Lowe, Kraig Lowe, Kelsey Lowe, Erin Murphy, and Gavin Murphy. Moreover, Hugh will be greatly missed by his six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21st at St. Bernard’s Church in Beach Lake at 10 am. Interment will follow in St. Juliana’s Cemetery with full military honors. As per his request, there will be no public visitation. Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in his name to Wayne Memorial Hospice, 601 Park St. Honesdale, PA 18431 or Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431.


428 Main St, Honesdale, PA 18431


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