2/29/1928 - 11/22/2018 OBITUARY
John J. Murphy, affectionately known as Jack by most, passed away on November 22, 2018. He celebrated his 90th birthday in February with his loving family. Jack was a leap year baby, and he enjoyed telling people he was only 22 and a half. He was born on February 29, 1928 in Medford, Massachusetts to Martin and Cecilia (Terrio). He had 5 brothers and 2 sisters. He is survived by his sister Cecilia Goehring. He was a loving husband to his late wife Jane (Merkle) and father to his five daughters Jeannette Johnson (Gary) of Manchester, New Jersey, Jacqueline Stark (Al) of Jackson, New Jersey, Cynthia Drew (Peter) of Highland Village, Texas, Carol Conroy (Michael) of Farmington, New Hampshire and Kathleen Silva (Jack) of Garden City, New York. In 1996 he married Teresa (Maguire) and welcomed Terry’s 3 sons, Peter, Michael and Jerry and her daughter, Diane Scala to our family. He was loved by his 9 grandchildren Dana, Michelle, Travis, Scott, Patrick, Christopher, Lindsay, Gregory, and Jayna, as well as Terry’s 6 grandchildren Erin, Eileen, Anthony, Michele, Nicholas and Lindsey. He was also loved by his 17 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. Jack is predeceased by son in law, Brian Chamberlain, and grandson, Scott Chamberlain. He proudly served in the US Army and was a retired restaurant owner. Jack lived in Elmont, New York for 31 years before he moved to Dunedin, Florida in 2000.
Jack owned the famous Hut Restaurant for over 40 years where his famous hut burgers, delicious homemade potato salad, soups and rice pudding were loved by all. The Hut was a small luncheonette that had many loyal customers who became part of the Murphy family. Jack worked with his wife, Jane and his longtime employee, Jimmy Simonson, (who are both deceased) and Jack’s daughters who worked there on Saturdays. Jack was a devoted and loyal friend to his many customers. His luncheonette was a place of gathering where his steady customers would seek out his wise advice as well as share family stories, both humorous and heartfelt with each other. In 1995, Tony Scala a long time customer introduced Teresa to Jack and it was a match made in heaven. Jack was a true family man and merged the families together. He and Terry led by example and taught all of us how to love each other. Jack was an amazing man who idolized his family and took pride in sharing his lifelong wisdom with all of his family members. Jack was very particular and decisive in everything that he and his family did and all who loved him were happy to follow suit. Jack will live on in the hearts of his family and friends who will miss his humor, his delicious homemade treats and his generous, kind and loving ways. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in Jack’s name to The Angel Fund benefiting ALS Research (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The Angel Fund 649 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880 Website: theangelfund.org MEMORIAL VISITATION
Thursday, December 20 2:00 - 4:30 PM & 7:00 - 9:30 PM New Hyde Park Funeral Home 506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Friday, December 21 9:30 AM Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church
500 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY INTERMENT Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Boulevard, Calverton, NY