Tim Murphy

January 21, 1943October 8, 2020

On October 8, 2020, Timothy Murphy, loving father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family.

Timothy "Timmy" M. Murphy was born on January 21, 1943 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to John "Jack" T. and Rosella Murphy. Tim was from a large Irish Catholic family, one of eleven children including his twin brother James "Jimmy" Murphy. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Ranger in Vietnam. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Business. In the late 70s, a career opportunity brought him to Texas where he successfully ran a major manufacturing company before starting his own successful business. He raised two daughters, Kate and Erin.

Tim was the life of every gathering, especially on his regular trips to the Arizona desert, where he amassed unforgettable memories with his brothers, sisters, daughters and grandkids. He told fantastic stories of his life, cracked jokes, hiked, and tinkered on his home and in the garden. He enjoyed keeping up with world events and prioritized staying physically fit. He was a true Renaissance man. He worked tirelessly until the end of his life. His employees and the partners he made in business were some of his most cherished friendships.

Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Rosella, his father, Jack, his brothers, Terry, Johnny and Denny, and his sister, Mary Ellen. He is survived by his daughters, Kate and Erin, his son-in-law, Diego, his two grandsons, Rio and Enzo, his brothers, Jimmy, Frank, Billy and Joe and his sisters Kitty and Maureen and countless nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00am, Friday, October 23, 2020 at Foust and Son Funeral Home.

"May good luck be with you Wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow." - an Irish blessing


23 October

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors



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Diana Rodriguez

October 20, 2020

I started working with Tim in 2001 when he ventured into his own business. He had a passion for life and a drive that was infectious. I learned as much as I could from him and he would agree he learned from me too. It has been honor to have worked with Tim, a great customer and dear friend. "I will deeply miss you my friend" Dicell. Much love and condolences to his family.

Jim Honquest

October 14, 2020

Met Tim and his family shortly after we moved to Texas in 1980. We hit it off immediately! And our families became inseparable for the next eight to ten years. We did everything together, weekends, holidays you name it. Tim was always upbeat, positive, joking and kidding around. We kind of had an adlib life with each other and our families, and as such, they were always a big part of our life. He is sorely missed by me and my family!

Karen Salvatore

October 13, 2020

I knew Tim in high school. We connected years later in 2010. Finally met in 2013, 2014, 2015. He was a fun guy. He loved life and nothing stopped him from enjoying it. We hiked in Arizona and had good times in Florida--good memories.. We talked frequently and texted-- till now. We had a very special relationship. I loved him. I can't imagine not hearing his voice anymore. His end of life leaves a void in my heart. I will miss him terribly. He meant so much to me. My sincere sympathy to Kate, Erin, his brothers and sisters, and his entire family. Memories are always there to remember, never forgotten. Karen

Judy Anders

October 12, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Murphy when I was just 18 yrs old when I went to work for him. We called him the Silver Bullet he was definitely high strung and aggressive. He asked me a question one day and I said I don't know, WOW that was the wrong answer.... he let me know real fast to find out. He was a fantastic businessman and very successful he made that company millions. Later I came to work with him at his company and got to know him even better. I will miss his smile and great sense of humor. Thank you for all the great stories you told they will be dear in my heart for life. My condolences to the family and Kate and Erin your dad cherished you both and loved you dearly. Murph thank you for everything love you and miss you my friend. Till we meet again.

Tommy Panici

October 12, 2020

Words cannot express how my heart bleeds. Uncle Timmy's infectious smile, unique sense of humor and lust for life are indelibly etched in my memory.
All my love,

Diane Clark

October 12, 2020

I met Murphy back when he first came to Texas and became my boss. I had the honor of seeing him take a company that was in the red and make it s muti-million dollar company. We worked together for 23 years when he left and started his own business, of course he couldn't get rid of me for I came to work for him a year and half later. We had a friendship that expanded over 40 years, he was an amazing business man father and one of my dearest friends. I will forever have a big void in my heart with his passing. Love to Kate, Erin and his brothers and sisters. Love you forever my dear friend .

Jane Murphy

October 11, 2020

Oh Tim, how you will be loved and missed forever. Yet your spirit is so vibrant, it will continue to resonate long after the rest of us are gone. I can see you in Heaven. You are in a chair next to God with a glass of wine in your hand. You lean over and say, “Twll me if you e heard this before...” I am grateful to have known you, my brother from another mother and father.

Susan Taylor

October 11, 2020

Tim was a one-of-a-kind special guy who loved life and I was fortunate to spend lots of happy times with him. He adored his daughters, Kate and Erin, who brought him loads of happiness and shared many great travels. Tim was successful in business while creating lasting memories with his family that will last forever. He had a full life and earned every bit of it! I will miss his sunshine, and, even some of his jokes!

Lisa Gilbert

October 10, 2020

Kate sent out an email years back when Tim had lost a pet (think it was a parrot, I’m not sure) it was the best thing I had ever read. He described this creature so well and the feelings he had and the personality of his pet. I only met Tim a handful of times. But he sure raised some awesome daughters that loved him dearly. Kate and Erin ❤️

Tracy Watland

October 9, 2020

My sincere condolences to Timmy's family and friends. Timmy was my Godfather. He was one of my Dad's best friends from childhood and stood up in my parent's wedding. I hadn't been in touch with him since I was a kid, but always thought I'd see him again one day. Regretfully, I never did.
The most vivid memory I have of him is when I was 5. I wanted an Easy Bake Oven so bad, but my parents said "No!" Christmas came around and Tim showed up at the house guessed Easy Bake Oven just for me! 😁 In honor of my Godfather, I'm gonna treat myself to a cupcake today...even if I don't bake it with a lightbulb! Thank you, Timmy. May you rest in peace. Photo taken at St.Joseph Church in Homewood, IL. My christening...1966.




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