Paul E. Murphy, English teacher

Paul E. Murphy, 89, of South Salem, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016. He was the loving husband of the late Margaret (Scanlon) Murphy.

Mr. Murphy was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 8, 1927; the fourth child and youngest son of the late Francis and Gertrude (Graham) Murphy. A member of the greatest generation, he served in the United States Navy during World War II as Radioman 3rd Class in the Pacific theatre. Not long after, he met and married the love of his life, Margaret and they began a family.

He attended schools in Boston and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his Master’s degree from Boston University.

Mr. Murphy taught high school English in the suburban Boston and Farmingdale, NY school systems. Later in his career, he was an administrator in the Farmingdale School Public School System and taught at SUNY Farmingdale. After 25 years of service, he retired to South Salem to be near his family.

He was an avid golfer and a member of the Ridgefield Men’s Senior League. He enjoyed his work as a volunteer researcher at John Jay Homestead.  Most notably,  he was a diehard Red Sox fan and was able to enjoy a day at Fenway last season. He will be most remembered for his quick wit, dry sense of humor and great warmth. Mr. Murphy was also a talented writer and great lover of literature and poetry.

Mr. Murphy will be greatly missed by his three daughters: Paula Murphy of New Canaan, CT; Lorraine Murphy-Starr and her husband, Gary of Pound Ridge, NY and Ann Nolan and her husband, Tim of South Salem, NY. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Jack Starr, Terence Nolan, Sarah Nolan and Emma Nolan.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Mr. Murphy is survived by his sister in law, Dorothea Murphy, four nephews and five nieces.

Mr. Murphy was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Margaret, his sister Gertrude, brothers Joseph and Frederick and dear nephews William and Frederick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:15 AM at St. Mary Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the funeral mass. Interment will take place at the direction of the family in Massachusetts National Cemetery; Bourne, MA.

Friends will be received on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project: