Peter was born on February 18, 1928 in Irvington, New Jersey to Peter Martin Murphy and Nancy (Stansbury) Murphy. He died on his 93rd birthday; peacefully in his home.
He was raised by his grandmother Katherine (Fleming) Murphy and his aunts Anne (Murphy) Mainzer and Marie Murphy in Jersey City, N.J.
He joined the Merchant Marine in 1944 at sixteen during WWII and sailed for 6 years and later served in the Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War with the 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment. After his discharge, he attended Columbia University and later UCLA. Over the years he worked in many capacities: as a surveyor, field engineer, project engineer, superintendent, planner and cost scheduling engineer. He worked on several major civil works in the US, North Africa, Middle East, SE Asia and the Caribbean.
In 1992 he and his wife Trish moved to Cataumet from Los Angeles to be near her mother and to take a position on the Central Artery Tunnel Project. After retiring from Bechtel/PMA he started Project Control Services, a cost and CPM schedule consulting service for two Central Artery contractors, and for the Barnstable County Jail and House of Corrections. He also was Clerk of the Works for the construction of the Bourne Middle School.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (Trish) Breen Murphy (nee Byington). They were married September 2, 1984. He is also survived by his son David Murphy of Madison, NJ, daughter Anne Murphy and her husband David O’Rourke of Arlington, MA, son Peter E. Murphy of Raleigh, NC and stepchildren Kate Breen and her husband Steve Canine of Piedmont, CA, and Matt Breen and his wife Lisa of Spokane, WA. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren: Brian and Kate O’Rourke, and Madeleine and Paul Murphy; step-grands Cole Canine, and Megan and Sean Breen.
Peter loved all dogs and birds but the one thing that he enjoyed the most was his Pacific SeaCraft double-ended cutter, “Lute”, which was rigged for single handed sailing and he loved sailing Santa Monica Bay (Buzzards Bay – not so much). Peter was a long time friend of Bill W. and grateful for 39 years of fellowship. Peter will be interred at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Services will be private and web site of Chapman, Cole and Gleason is available for friends to send thoughts and memories, www.ccgfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please give to the dog rescue of your choice.