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Stephen James Murphy (Sept. 26, 1933 - June 11, 2008)
By: Daily Freeman Obituary
June 13, 2008

Port Ewen - Stephen James ''Spanky'' Murphy, 74, of Sackett Street, who had been employed by IBM-Kingston as a graphic designer before retiring in 1990 after 34 years of service, died on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at home.

He was a graduate of Kingston High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant.

He was a volunteer firefighter with the Connelly Fire Department and Sawkill Fire Department, had been active with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as an awards leader. He had been the equipment manager at the Ulster Little League and was a member of St. Ann's Holy Name Society.

He was an avid fisherman and spent his free time working with wood and building boats.

Born Sept. 26, 1933, in Connelly, he was the son of the late James S. and Lucy Maurer Murphy.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Marie Severson Murphy, whom he married on May 19, 1957 a daughter, Jeannette Ferguson of Port Ewen two sons, Stephen J. Jr of West Shokan and Timothy of Phoenix, Ariz. a brother, Thomas of Clifton Park and five grandchildren.

Thre brothers, Vincent Silk, and Gerald and Kenneth Murphy, died previously.

The funeral procession will form 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Keyser Funeral Service, 216 Broadway, and go to Presentation Roman Catholic Church where at 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Peter Vianney. Entombment will be in Wiltwyck Cemetery with military honors by Joyce Schirick VFW Post 1386.

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