Joseph Michael Murphy Jr.

July 6, 1959November 28, 2018

Joseph Michael Murphy Jr., 59 of Greenwich CT peacefully passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Joseph was born in Bronx, New York on July 6, 1959. Joey, as he was fondly known, was the son of the late Cecelia and Dr. Joseph Murphy. Joey is survived by his sister, Dr. Barbara Murphy of Huntsville Al, his brother Edward Murphy of Chevy Chase DC, his sister, Bonnie Gilrane of Greenwich, CT, brother-in-laws, Bruce Tripp, Patrick Gilrane, sister-in-law Donna Murphy and his nephews, Timothy Gilrane, Ryan Gilrane and Michael Murphy. Joey was born with special needs, grew up in Pelham NY and Greenwich CT. The Murphy family and friends provided tremendous love and support during Joey’s formative years and adult life. Dr. Joseph and Cecelia Murphy were very active in GARC, the Greenwich Association for Retarded Citizens, the forerunner to Abilis, and were instrumental in the creation of the Abilis Greenwich Group Homes including Joey’s Group Home Residence at 163 Elm Street. Joey loved football, was a NY Giants fan and helped as an assistant equipment manager at the Greenwich High School Football Team during the 1977-79 seasons. During the 80’s Joey won numerous medals at Special Olympic in swimming and running and was an avid bowler. He participated in Abilis work programs, activities and enjoyed the close friendships at his Group Home. Joey will be remembered by his family through his joyful manner, his ability to help put life in perspective with his many “Joey-isms” including his penchant to collect key chains, baseball hats, cite 70’s classic rock artists & songs, doodle and borrow shoelaces without the intention of returning. Joey aka the “shoelace bandit”, was an inspiration, kept his family humble and thankful. The Family is very grateful for all of the warmth, love and quality of life provided by the wonderful and dedicated people at Abilis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Abilis at Condolences may be offered at The Family will hold a Memorial Service in the spring.


Joseph Michael Murphy Jr.

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Catie McCarthy

December 7, 2018

The staff of Day-Hab and Joe's peers at Abilis wanted to let you know how sorry we are for your loss,it's ours as well and that Joe will be sorely missed, he so touched our hearts with his sense of humor and his gentle "I love you".Rest in peace Joe,We love you!

Kimberly Kalinski

December 4, 2018

Dear Murphy family,
I was so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. I worked for many years at Greenwich Radiological Group with your Dad. Joe was a frequent visitor. On many Saturday's he'd come to work with Dad, we so enjoyed having him with us. I will always remember his sense of humor and easy smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.