Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.

321 South Main Street, New City, NY


Raymond Anthony Murphy

August 12, 1956September 28, 2019

Raymond Anthony Murphy of New City, NY died at home in the loving care of his family on September 28, 2019. He was born on August 12, 1956 in New Brunswick, Canada, to Charles and Anna. He attended John Jay High School in Cross River, NY and graduated from Trinity-Pawling School, where he played hockey and football. He became a professional mover, and managed an Antique Transportation Service, and after dedicating himself to full-time parenting and home maintenance, he worked as a clerk for Stop and Shop in New City. He enjoyed the outdoors like hiking, camping and riding his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife Donna (nee Powers), and his loving children Patrick, Bridget, Dennis Graiani and Kevin Graiani Jr. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Jim (Addie), Mike (Debbie), Jean Krause (Keith) and Mary Gill (Geoff). He is pre-deceased by his brother Charles Murphy Jr.(Elizabeth), Maureen Jersey (Rich), and Theresa Loye (Alec). He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews. He had life-long friends and was especially fond of and loved by the entire Kruk Family. He had friends who called him or checked in on him every day during his two year battle with Leukemia.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine Church, in New City on October 7th at 10am. Followed by interment at St. Anthony Cemetery, in Nanuet, NY.

Donations can be made to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY, 10956.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Burial Monday, October 7, 2019


Raymond Anthony Murphy

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Donna Murphy

October 6, 2019

Thank you to all who have shared their love for Ray. He had the patience of a saint for many things. For one thing, he was able to teach me how to drive a standard transmission so I could save some money by driving his Ford Escort from the 1980's rather than getting into another car payment with high insurance, and he never yelled at me once while trying to learn the clutch.

Alicia Kruk

October 3, 2019

Ray was like a son to me. We shared many beautiful conversations over the years. He was so very kind and thoughtful.
I will say prayers and dedicate a mass for Ray.

Bruce Cirone

October 2, 2019

I remember Ray and I played softball with some handicapped people, when we were around 10-12 yrs old, I could feel the love and thoughtfulness Ray showed them , this was a great moment of friendship in my life. we also played hockey together and graduated high school together. We just connected again a few yrs ago and he made a video riding his motorcycle in freezing weather with body warming on. I love you Ray, and God bless your kind heart .

Leanne Kruk

October 1, 2019

Murph, I will always consider you one of my brothers. You were such a huge part of our family and my Mom, Alicia, considers you one of her sons. We are heartbroken over losing you but know you are no longer suffering. Love you always big brother. 💝

Kerrie Butler

October 1, 2019

Dear Ray,
I want to thank you for all you did for Patrick, Bridget, Dennis & Kevin & being there always. You had a beautiful giving heart & for that I am truly grateful. Rest easy & watch over them all <3

God Bless you,

Sis in law,

Alane Kruk

October 1, 2019

Ray was such a kind , thoughtful and always helpful person. He called our Dad, the colonel. This started a family tradition of everyone calling , John Kruk, the colonel.
Oh, Ray , you will be missed. Yet, there are many friends with you now in heaven.