Joan Byrne Murphy

October 20, 1928May 5, 2021

Joan Byrne Murphy, a longtime resident of Cos Cob, passed away on May 5, 2021. She was 92. Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Rochelle, she was the daughter of John T. and Katherine W. Byrne. She was a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, in Philadelphia. In 1951 she married the illustrator John Cullen Murphy, who passed away in 2004.

Mrs. Murphy was long involved in local schools and was an active proponent of women’s sports. She was deeply engaged in the process that resulted in the creation of the new Cos Cob Library; she was also a volunteer with Neighbor to Neighbor, distributing food and clothing to members of the Greenwich community, and a hospice volunteer through Greenwich Hospital. Mrs. Murphy was a member of the Millbrook Country Club for 67 years; she enjoyed golf and bridge. She was a lector at St. Catherine of Siena Church, in Riverside, and participated in Walking with Purpose.

Mrs. Murphy is survived by her eight children: Cullen Murphy (Anna Marie), of Boston; Mary Cullene Murphy, of Brookline, MA; Siobhan Grogan, of Oaxaca, Mexico; Byrne Sleeper (Cary), of Mamaroneck, NY; Finn Murphy, of Longmont, CO; Brendan Murphy (Kari), of Leesburg, VA; Cait Murphy, of New York City; and Meg Nash (Tim), of Webster Groves, MO. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 10, 10:00a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Cos Cob Library (5 Sinawoy Road, Cos Cob) or Kids in Crisis (


  • Mass of Christian Buial

    Monday, May 10, 2021



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Ann Tilghman

June 7, 2021

Ms. Joan Byme Murphy lived a long and full life, but still the losing of her is very hard to deal with. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. May the love of family and friends help carry you through your grief. Grief can be so hard, but your special memory helps you cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and forever. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you. Lets search the Bible for a scripture that will help give your family the encouragement and hope that they need. One reads like this. " And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Isaiah 25:8