OBITUARY

Thomas Joseph Murtha Jr.

May 1, 1969June 25, 2020
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Thomas Joseph Murtha, Jr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 25,2020 after an almost 2-year battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Crystal, the love of his life, held his hand as he took his last breath and he knew how very deeply she loved him.

Tom was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and attended Wolfson High School. He achieved his Associate of Arts degree from FCCJ. During his time in college, he worked for the YMCA providing before and after school 'primetime' care for many young children in Jacksonville. His time at the Y was a very happy time in his early adult years as many lifelong relationships were developed during this time. Being a big kid himself, he spent many hours in the pool, interacting with children under his care. Tom then dedicated many years in retail management, including a locally-owned business. More recently, Tom worked in the non-profit sector in courier management for The Blood Alliance/One Blood.

From an early age, Tom had a deep passion for sports, especially Florida Gator football and University of North Carolina basketball. This passion was with him his entire life and later grew to include Fantasy Football and golfing with many good buddies. During his battle with cancer, he had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of visiting Chapel Hill to watch UNC defeat their biggest rival in March 2019 with close friends who he considered 'brothers' for life. Tom also was a huge movie buff and music aficionado, appreciating all genres.

Tom had a magnetic fun playful personality and to know Tom, was to love Tom. His smile, positivity and sheer presence lit up a room. Many would say he had the gift of gab, but he never just talked, he drew others in and truly valued the relationships he built. He never met a stranger and was one of the kindest, truest souls and valued the ability to help others, no ask was too big.

Tom and Crystal's love story began when they were introduced by mutual friends in January 2008. From the moment they met, there was an undeniable spark, which led to their wedding in February 2010. Both Tom and Crystal affectionately referred to each other as 'Boopie' and over time so did many other close friends and family. They were not only husband and wife, but soul mates, best friends and life partners. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Crystal; his brother, William (Billy); mother-in-law Sharon Fisher, along with several close cousins; and many close, lifelong friends of which he considered his family. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Horton and father, Thomas Joseph Murtha, Sr. as well as his stepfather, Robert Horton, who raised him from the tender age of 4 years old.

The family will receive friends and family 6-8 pm on Monday, June 29 at Greenlawn Chapel, 4300 Beach Blvd. A celebration of Tom's life will be held 11 am Tuesday, June 30 at Greenlawn Chapel, graveside services immediately following. In Tom's honor, please wear the following colors: UNC blue, Florida Gators or purple to represent the valiant battle he fought against pancreatic cancer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Tom's name to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, American Diabetes Association or First Coast YMCA.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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Thomas Joseph Murtha Jr.

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Nancy Penszynski

June 30, 2020

Crystal, you and Tom were truly one of the nicest couples I have ever met. You two would always take such good care of us when we were there. We are so blessed that you are a part of our family. The two of you together were the greatest. As JB said “you were the best thing that ever happened to my cousin”. He will be missed. I’m so sorry we couldn’t be there. Love you always, the Creegan family, the Penszynski family and the Land family.

Rigo Martinez

June 29, 2020

My Deepest Condolences

John Mullins

June 29, 2020

Tom was an amazing guy . He lived life to the fullest. He made people laugh and made going to work a lot easier . He loved him some Florida Gators and Tar Heel basketball.When he talked about Crystal his eyes would light up. He’s in a better place , in no pain . And probably asking all the other angels . Who are they picking in fantasy football .?Much love for you Tom and Crystal .

Alycia Tillman

June 29, 2020

Crystal, I will never forget how EXCITED Tom was the day he proposed. He put the rose petals in the fridge at the donor center. He had a skip in his step that day. He knew you were the one. The love between you two was a blessing to watch. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Adam and Leslie Greindl

June 29, 2020

Tom, we will miss you dearly and will never forget all the fun times! From Memorial Day weekends at the lake to Wild Adventures trips, your friendship and the way you brightened all our lives will be cherished forever. Being a big kid at heart, you made an everlasting impact on our girls and we are so very blessed for the times we spent together. You will remain forever in our hearts. We love you!

Christine Whelan

June 29, 2020

Dearest Crystal - would that we could be with you today. You are in our hearts today and always, dear friend.
With love,
Chris (and Billy)

Rebecca Copeland

June 27, 2020

My prayers and condolences are with you.
God give strength to the family .

Wallace and Ruth Ann Hardy

June 27, 2020

We loved being included with you, Tom and THE GROUP when we’d visit Pamela. You and Tom were so dear and good together. We treasure you both.

Bart Wheeler

June 27, 2020

Tom was one of the finest men I’ve ever known- a hard worker, a loving husband, a fierce friend. He will be missed.

James Davis

June 27, 2020

I will miss your smile,sense of humor, genuine love for your friends and family. I will miss hanging out watching sports and the countless conversations over the years. Tom you made me a better human being and always gave me sound advice. I will miss poker nights, fantasy football and looking forward to when we could meet for dinner. I considered Tom a brother and a man with integrity and love for every person that he met. Tom loved all his friends and family. I will thank of you every day and try to live my life like you my dear friend. You touched so many lives and made everyone better for knowing you. Love you buddy and will see you in heaven!