1935 - 2022
Edwin E. Murphy
Born 0ctober 30, 1935 at Doctor’s Hospital in his beloved Yorkville, New York. Eddie grew up on East 78th Street with his mother, Mary Catherine Donnelly, and father, Edwin Francis Murphy, his younger brothers Timothy and Vincent and sister, Ann.
He attended grammar school at St Monica’s school on East 79th Street, then went on to attend High School at Cardinal Hayes but never graduated. Due to family financial difficulties, Eddie needed to find work to help support the family. He worked for a time at Coinmach repairing washing machines and at the D’Antuano’s Grocery Store. Eventually, he moved on to work at Paine Webber.
In the early 1960’s, he was introduced to the Yorkville Democratic Club where he met Anne Pryor Rode, District Leader. Eddie became very active and discovered a passion for politics. After being mentored by Ms. Rode, he eventually joined forces with her and became her Co-District Leader at the Yorkville Democratic Club and exhibited his gifts of service to the community, visions for the future and problem solving. His actions did not go unnoticed and other members of the Club saw Eddie’s potential as a leader. Knowing his educational background, he was encouraged to get his G.E.D., which he did.
Once Eddie had his High School diploma, he took Civil Service exams and found his way into the City Courts as a Court Officer. He took promotional exams and moved into the State Unified Court System as a Senior Court Officer. The Court System proved to be a very good choice as it offered Eddie the opportunity to improve his education through the L.E.A.P. Program. Eddie attended City College at Baruch and received his Bachelor’s Degree and then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. (The very first member of the Murphy clan to achieve these goals). All this accomplished at night school while working full time and supporting a family.
Eddie also continued to thrive in the courts by taking further promotional exams. He became a Court Clerk and was assigned to Special Term, Part 1, now known as The Motion Support Office. He dealt with Trusts and Estates. He took further exams and continued to move up in rank and responsibility until he achieved the Court Clerk Specialist title. His knowledge of office management, service to the public, and compassion did not go unnoticed. Eddie was well respected and depended upon by Court Management and eventually was appointed Clerk in Charge of The Motion Support and Uncontested Matrimonial Offices at the Supreme Court 60 Center Street in Manhattan by the Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin. He retired in 1996 as one of the most well respected, knowledgeable and “nicest guys.” He helped countless people every day and treated them with respect, compassion and courtesy.
After retirement, he was active in Church events, activities and functions, the CYO program as a swim coach emphasizing on the “learn to swim” program for very young children; the Home School Assn.; and was a Minister of Hospitality at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Floral Park, Queens. He was also “Santa” for 25 years (Mrs. Claus always by his side) at the school and at neighboring establishments. He remained politically active with the Jefferson Democratic Club. He was dedicated to swimming a mile several times a week, jogging, gardening, cooking, photography, reading (especially his New York Times every morning without fail) and books on his favorite Presidents, WWII hero’s, Agatha Christie mysteries, and most of all being “Mr. Mom” for Matthew and his crew after school every day and coaching CYO baseball. He loved his Yankees, and as a young man could play a great game himself.
Eddie was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Claudia Villari; his children, Barbara Pastore; Edwin John Murphy (from his 1st marriage to Inez Scialo); and Matthew Murphy (with Claudia) his granddaughters Christina, Jessica and Alexa Pastore; Alanna, Meagan and Jenna Murphy; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Grogan; Sister Ann Spinella and we can’t forget his best companion of the last 2 years, Juneau, his beloved Siberian Husky.
Eddie, you will be greatly missed…..
Sunday, December 4
2:00 - 4:30 PM & 7:00 - 9:00 PM
New Hyde Park Funeral Home
506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
Monday, December 5
Our Lady of the Snows R.C. Church
258-15 80th Avenue, Floral Park, NY
2251 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, NY