Hugh John Murphy

August 10, 1930August 5, 2018
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Hugh John Murphy, 87, of Larchmont NY, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, August 5th, 2018, in the company of his loving family.

Born August 10th, 1930 in Camlough, County Armagh, Hugh was the son of Hugh Thomas Murphy and Ellen Crawford of Bessbrook. As a young man, he traveled to Birmingham, England where he met his beloved wife, Brigid McManus of Swanlinbar, County Cavan. They moved to New York and married in 1957 and together raised four children in Flushing, New York. From his earliest years, Hugh lived a life of faith, family, music and hard work. In his early twenties, Hugh did long distance truck driving through the British Isles, and worked as a double decker bus driver for the City of Birmingham.

After emigrating to the USA, Hugh worked for the New York City Transit Authority as a diesel mechanic for over twenty years. He retired as a young man in 1983 and then started a small family business, Cavan Limousine, which he owned and operated with his wife Brigid for more than 25 years.

Throughout his life, Hugh held his Irish Heritage close to his heart through a love of cooking, music, and dancing which he shared generously with his family, friends and community. He was an active member of St. Ann’s Holy Name Society, Transport Workers Union, Emerald Society, and County Armagh P&B Association. Through his passion for travel and hospitality, Hugh built countless friendships in New York, Illinois, Ireland and the U.K. He took tremendous joy in entertaining family and friends at his farmhouse retreat in Camlough, South Armagh. His love of Irish music brought joy to his life and those around him. He passed this tradition onto his children and grandchildren, all performers and entertainers, from church choirs to Irish Festival & Balls, as well as the occasional living room sing-song. He loved boasting about his kids and grandkids' exploits on the field, pitch, ice, and stage.

Predeceased by Brigid, his wife of 50 years, and his son, Kevin Thomas, Hugh is survived by his sons, Michael and his wife MaryJo of Schaumburg IL; Charles Murphy and his wife Susan of Horsham PA, Brian Murphy and his wife Christina, his brother James Murphy and his wife Anne of Garden City New York, his brother Aiden Murphy and his wife Mary of Cedarhurst NY, his grandsons, Brendan, Daniel, Ryan, Kevin, Marcus, and Mathew; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Charlie and sister in law Winny; his sister Rosaleen McDonald and brother in law Peter, brother Michael and sister Marry McGarry.

A wake will be held at Quinn-Fogarty/Fredrick Funeral Home, 192-15 Northern Blvd, Flushing on Friday, August 10th.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday ,August 11th, at St. Mel’s Church, 26-15 154th Street, Flushing Queens, 9:45am.

Interment to follow at: Mount St. Mary Cemetery, Flushing NY immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the families request memorial donations in Hugh’s honor go to:

The Father Solanus Casey Guild.

1780 Mt. Elliot, Detroit MI, 48207

313 579 2100 ext 140


  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Rose and Oliver McKinley

August 10, 2018

During Hugh John life here with all of us, he was an inspiration to us all with his Love, Faith, Strength, Fun, Style,Positive and light- hearted nature.
We will miss you forever,our neighbour and our friend. ( I alway said you were some man for one man, love Rose) Rose & Oliver Mc Kinley

Ellen Sheehan

August 9, 2018

Ellen Sheehan

August 9, 2018

A Dear and much loved Uncle who will be missed by us both.Thank you for all your kindness over the years.The joy and happiness you brought to the home place in Camlough will be fondly remembered always☘Sending much love to my dear cousins and their families at this sad time.Rest in Peace Uncle Hughie❤️

Collette White

August 9, 2018

Will miss you Uncle Hughie. I remember when I was little all the wonderful sing alongs we all had. You would always sing ( From the County of Armagh) . Everyone had their special song.
So many fond childhood memories.
Rest In Peace. Say a special hello to Aunt Bridget and my Mom and Dad!

Love and Prayers,
Collette and Jim

Peter McKinley

August 7, 2018

My oldest friend has gone to his eternal resting place. I have so many lovely memories: digging and putting up your garden fence in camlough when I was only young, helping you in the garden and house (lots of internet issues), enjoying time with your family and your hospitality when Carmel and I visited NY. I still have the two 50p coins you gave me when I bought my first car and the tool kit you gave me. Isabelle was happy with the wee bunch of heather you gave her. Thank you. It’s all the little things that we will all miss. Sleep tight. Peter, Carmel and Isabelle

Darren McKinley

August 7, 2018

God Bless Hugh John. Rest in peace

Peter McGuinness

August 7, 2018

The McGuinness Family (Camlough and New York City) sends our deepest condolences on your very sad loss. We will remember Hugh's smile and laugh and the warm friendship, and many good times, he shared with Liz and Charlie RIP. With deep sadness upon your loss, Peter, Eilish, Charlie and Rita.

The McGarrys

August 7, 2018

Very proud to have had you as an Uncle.

A family Superstar!

Love and best wishes, The McGarrys

Corinna McKinley

August 7, 2018

Hugh John Murphy one in a million. Happy to have visited you in NY & lots of lovely Irish memories also. We will miss you! RIP ❤️❤️

Brendan Murphy

August 6, 2018