Edmund F. Murphy, Jr., 91, of Belleair, FL and Osterville, MA, died peacefully after a long illness on February 7, 2020 surrounded by his loving children. Born in Walpole, MA, he was the son of the late Edmund F. Murphy, Sr. and the late Mary Josephine (Abely) Murphy, and dear brother of the late Janet Dineen, Eleanor Murphy and Mary Alice Kelley.
He attended Boston College High School. A talented baseball player for The American Legion, he represented his school in the Boy’s Baseball All-Star Game at Fenway Park, where he played first base and hit a home run, earning him an invitation to participate in the Boston Red Sox Spring Training. He continued his Jesuit education at Boston College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1950.
He served in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps as a Special Agent during the Korean War, later honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He also served a tour in Naval Intelligence. After his military service, he served as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he earned many commendations from then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover while serving in the Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC and Kansas City, MO field offices. In Kansas City, he escorted former President Harry S. Truman to a meeting with then future President John F. Kennedy.
He began a successful sales and management career at the IBM Corporation. Thereafter, he held positions at Management Assistance, Transamerica Corporation, Rochester Datronics, 3M Company and Paradyne Corporation where he led its worldwide expansion culminating in a successful initial public offering on the NYSE. He later formed Murphy Management Consultants offering services to private industry clients. He served for many years as a Director at Technology Research Corporation, a publicly traded company based in FL.
He taught courses at St. Petersburg College. He served as a member of the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program to represent at-risk youth in the Pinellas County Juvenile Court. He funded scholarships for underprivileged students at Boston College High School, Boston College and Clearwater Catholic High School.
Meeting Ed was unforgettable; he loved to converse always asking many questions, his incisive intellect and great story telling were only a small part of his charm. He loved to travel all over the world, especially cruising the oceans with his beloved wife Mary and later his son Devin. Over the years, you may have found him attending daily mass, walking the beach, playing tennis, golfing, summering in Vermont where he enjoyed working on the land and on Cape Cod which brought him and his beloved wife nearer to their children and grandchildren. A true gentleman, his positive attitude, optimism, sense of humor and interest in others have inspired many and will leave a great hole with his passing.
His beloved wife of 59 years Mary Patricia (Driscoll), whom he affectionately called his ‘angel’, pre-deceased him. Loving father of Deirdre Ellen Genovese of Osterville, MA, Brian Christopher Murphy of Belleair, FL, Maura Patrice (Michael) Nanosky of Boca Raton, FL, Edmund Francis (Jennifer) Murphy III of Boston, MA, Osterville, MA and Palm Beach, FL and Devin Jeremiah Murphy of Belleair, FL and Osterville, MA; devoted grandfather of Michael Genovese, Christina (Maj. Scott) Florkey, Matthew Genovese, Alyssa Nanosky, Michael Nanosky, Edmund (Riley) Murphy IV, Michaela Murphy, Madison Murphy and Molly Murphy; great-grandfather of Mark Florkey.
Visiting hours will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 76 Wianno Avenue, Osterville, MA, between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 13, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church with burial to follow at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Mary P. Murphy Fund for Hematologic Malignancies at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.