Patrick H. Murphy
Patrick H. Murphy, 81, of Congers, NY passed away on July 30, 2015 in Nyack Hospital.
Born in the Bronx, May 1, 1934, he was the son of Patrick Murphy and Mary Kenny of Ireland; brother of William Murphy (deceased) and Mariellen Berkheimer. He leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Jane Petersen Murphy; and children, Brendan (deceased) and wife Mary, Deirdre, Craig and wife Paula, and Eric along with five grandchildren, Sasha, Erica, Ryan, Allison, and Matthew.
He was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School and Manhattan College. He was a civil engineer and a career civil servant – in the Bronx Borough President’s Office, to Manhattan Sewer Engineer, to Asst. Chief of Water Resources at NYC Bureau of Water Supply.
He moved to the hamlet of Congers in 1963 where Pat was involved in conservation issues as saving Congers Lake and other lands for recreational purposes to Political issues – He formed and headed Congers Civic Association and fought many political battles to preserve the unique quality of life in Hudson Valley. He saved Congers Lake from apartment development and took Reynolds Aluminum Co to court to preserve the Hudson River. He started two political parties to improve the democratic process and even ran for County Legislator.
Upon retirement he served on the Board of the Association for Retarded Citizens, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and coordinated the building of many homes in the county through Habitat For Humanity. He was a lifelong member of The Knights of Columbus and parishioner of St. Paul’s Church.
Pat thought, “The world wasn’t so big that he couldn’t see it all.” He set out with Jane and friends traveling and meeting friends around the world. Although he loved to travel, he was happiest among family and friends in his much-loved home and garden in Congers.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, 2-4 & 7-9pm at Higgins Funeral Home in New City. Mass will be held on Monday, 10am, at St. Paul’s Church, 82 Lake Road, Congers, NY 10920.
Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc. 321 South Main Street New City, NY 10956 (845) 634-6110 http://www.mjhigginsnewcity.com
Published in the lohud.com from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2015
Murphy, Patrick H. [MC???? RIP]
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