Michael Griswold Murphy

April 18, 1938October 6, 2018

Michael Griswold Murphy, 80, of Glastonbury, CT, passed away October 6, 2018 in the presence of his family. He was born in Hartford and grew up in Wethersfield. The son of Sue and Val Murphy, Mike graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1956. Mike Murphy was the embodiment of kindness, stability, love and calm for his family. He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Jean, and his children, Scott and Todd and daughters-in-law Wendy and Chi. Mike was a devoted grandfather. He lived for his grandchildren Andrew, Abigail, Jessica, Alex and Tyler, never missing a game, show or recital of his kids or grandchildren. Their accomplishments were sources of pride and happiness.

Mike was also the proud older brother of Scott and Dean and uncle to nine nieces and nephews.

Much to the disappointment of his children, Mike was a Yankees fan. His Yanks beat the Sox the night he passed. Mike was also a huge fan of UConn Women’s Basketball and the New York Giants Football.

Mike was someone who could be leaned on in a crisis. He was a voice of calm reassurance to family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Mike did not judge. He offered a helping hand and supportive words to anyone who needed it.

Mike worked for more than 40 years in the insurance industry for the Phoenix Mutual and The Hartford. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Turnpike in Glastonbury. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, 949 Main Street, South Glastonbury, on Saturday, October 20 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Mike’s name to the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Scott Carrithers

October 16, 2018

I haven't seen Michael Murphy for a few years, but as a youth growing up in Glastonbury he was a very prominent person in my life. Being best friends with their son Scott, both Michael and Jean (Mr. & Mrs. Murphy to me) were like second parents to me. I was always welcome in their home and they were very involved with our lives growing up. Mr. Murphy was always generous and kind. I don't ever remember him yelling at us when with did crazy teenage things. He was patient with us and seemed to deal with all of our shenanigans with a smile on his face. Many years have passed since that amazing time of my life, but Mr. Murphy will always hold a very special and important place in my heart. As I miss those amazing days growing up in Glastonbury, I will miss you, Mr. Murphy, as you were such a part of those days.

Scott Cochran

October 12, 2018

I want to express both personally and on behalf of Madison Youth and Family Services our deepest condolences for the entire Murphy family. For a family that gives so much of it's time and energy to it's community, you should know that your community now grieves with you. We hope that all of the memories of Michael continue to give you solace and strength during this difficult time. Surely Michael will remain in your heart and souls for all your days, and we will all pray with you.


Scott Cochran

edmund greene

October 9, 2018

First trip to Nantucket with Mike and Jean maybe a 100 years ago. Judy and I came from Erie, Pa totally unprepared for New England weather in the fall. Mike's parent lent us foul weather gear and we sure used it. Stayed in a B & B on the cliff. Mike and Jean's room was $8 a nite but the bath was in the hall and so small you had to back into it from the hall. In it's prior life, a broom closet. First time i ever heard the expression "york". They gave us the suite at $12 at a nite because they thought we could afford it. Little did they know, but i "faked it ". the finest and most decent person i will ever know. And that's all i can say.