Thomas P Murphy Jr.

September 10, 1931May 7, 2013

SALEM – Thomas P. Murphy Jr., 81, entered eternal rest on Tuesday while surrounded by his family.

He was born in Norwich, CT in 1931 to the late Thomas P. and Anna M. Murphy Sr. He was a graduate of Norwich Free Academy. Tom was a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict.

On Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Mary Church in Greenville, CT, he married his beloved wife Carol (Kirby) who survives him. Together they had two children and made their home in Norwich.

Tom worked for 32 years for SNET until his retirement. He was an avid camper, particularly staying near the shoreline, and was well known for his sense of humor. He enjoyed caring for his property but most of all, caring for his family.

He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter; Carlean Wirt and her husband Gregory, son; Thomas A. Murphy and his wife Maureen, one sister; Ann McGrath and her husband Robert, two grandchildren; Martin and Chelsea Wirt, sister-in-law; Alicia K. Dyer and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at Saints Peter & Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth St., Norwich, CT at 10am, meeting directly at church. Interment will immediately follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich. Visitation will be tonight from 5pm – 8pm at Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave., Norwich, CT.

Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s name to St. Patrick School, 211 Broadway, Norwich, CT.

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  • Calling Hours / Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Interment Friday, May 10, 2013

Thomas P Murphy Jr.

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Jason Kodym

May 15, 2013

Carol and Family, I am incredibly sorry for your loss. I'll always look back on my conversations with Tom after I came home from school each day with fondness. He could always make me laugh, especially when he gave my Dad a hard time. He was a great neighbor and friend and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Joe Bunkley

May 13, 2013

I am so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Tom was a joy to work with at SNET.

May 12, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.

May 10, 2013

Carol, Carlean and Tom, my deepest sympathy. Tom was a great person, dedicated husband and father. He was also a wonderful brother and we had many great times as kids and I will keep those memories in my heart forever. I pray he is at peace and his suffering is over. May your wonderful memories with him keep him alive in your hearts forever. Love Ann & Bob

Tim Michaels

May 10, 2013

To MR TPM from MR TRM:

My uncle was a good man; patient, kind, dedicated. I always enjoyed his Sunday visits as a child, and his pulling me out of myself when I was turned inward was of great value to me. His humor might have gotten a little stale, but he always delivered it with the best of intent and tried to keep everyone happy.

Aunt Carol, Tom, Carlean, my deepest sympathy. He may be gone physically, but the unique parts of himself that he shared with each of us lives on. The only death is not being remembered.

Colleen Smith

May 9, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sandy Brown

May 9, 2013

Tom and the Murphy Family - I am truely sorry for you loss. May your memories comfort you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mary & Mary Self & Visgilio

May 9, 2013

To the Murphy Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Murph was the Super Nova of the 3rd floor in New London! It was an honor to have worked with him. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Darlene (Kingsley) Diacumski

May 9, 2013

Murphy Family - My prayers are with you all. I worked with Tom at SNET for many years. Always smiling and a gentle spirit is how I remember him. Our lives at SNET were richer for knowing Tom.

ed renaldi

May 9, 2013

It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.