Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home

14 Grand Street, Oneonta, NY


David William Murphy

August 13, 1951April 26, 2020

David William Murphy died unexpectedly, but peacefully at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY, on April 26, 2020. He was 68 years old.

David is survived by many people who love him. His bride of almost 20 years, Suzanne. His favorite co-pilot and adventure buddy Gordon Shumway Murphy. His sister Barbara Cortes, brother-in-law Henry Cortes, niece Sarah Cortes, nephew Nick Cortes, and grandniece, Chloe Cortes. His brother Ed Murphy, sister in law Gail Murphy, nieces DeeDee and Amy Murphy. His mother in law, Barbara Farrell, brothers in laws George, Chris, Sean, Kevin Farrell, and sister in law Mary Beth Farrell. In addition to aunts, cousins and friends who will hold his memory in their heart.

He is predeceased by his parents Edward and Gloria Murphy.

David was a dreamer of big dreams and a teller of tall tales. He loved the water, literature, theater, and to travel, especially his annual trip with Suzanne, to Walt Disney World.

He worked for more than 25 years as a School Psychologist, completing his career at Unatego Central School. Whether you called him Murph, the Professor, Einstein, or the guy with the hair, he had a positive impact on the faculty, staff, parents, and children he worked with. He will be remembered by the lives he touched.

Due to covid19 restrictions no public services are planned at this time, but please send donations to the American Red Cross, 125 Business Park Drive, Suite 110 , Utica, NY 13502 .


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David William Murphy

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Kim Trask

May 13, 2020

So sorry to hear this! Dave was an amazing man, and colleague. He was truly a child centered man who touched all the lives he came into contact with. Brian and I were very fortunate to know him

Valerie Sobers

May 13, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Dave when he assessed my nephew for services as a preschooler. A couple years later I was blessed to work with him at Unatego. And I truly mean blessed to work with him. He was one of a kind and loved by so many. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Brook Romano

May 5, 2020

Kind, caring, quick to smile...
Charismatic too.
His hair, no doubt, his own style,
Boring wouldn’t do.
When others turned a blind eye
He outstretched his hand.
He simply was that kind of guy...
One to take a stand.
The love he shared was solid gold,
Those near to him attest.
Helper of both young and old,
Mankind at its best.
I never will forget this man.
Though he’s up above,
I’ll remain his doting fan
Remembering the love ❤️

Roberta Hohensee

May 2, 2020

Dear Suzanne, I was incredibly shocked and heartbroken to hear that David has left this world. He was such a funny, intelligent and gentle man. I enjoyed working with him and knowing him over the many years. He will be sincerely and sadly missed by those who knew him. I love that picture of him with the hat. He was an understatedly COOL guy. Sending you my love and condolences (and to poor Gordon!)
Sadly, Roberta

Ashley Sherman

May 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. David was such an amazing man. I saw him almost every day hanging out with Gordon . He will be missed !

Betty Kutz

May 1, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of David's passing and I offer my deepest sympathy to Suzanne and all the family. David and I worked together in Southbury, CT as psychologists, back in July 1981. We also had some graduate classes together in New Haven. David and I were good friends and he was a caring, fun-loving person who was dedicated to those he served. David will live on in many hearts and memories and he will be greatly missed. Prayers and peace to David and all those he leaves behind. Sincerely, Betty Kutz

William Singleton

April 30, 2020

May you rest in peace David.
You will always and forever be the
"Easy Rider "

Billy & Elena

Michelle VanValkenburg

April 30, 2020

I’m very sorry for your loss! I worked with Dave at Unatego for a very long time. He always had the right thing to say. He helped the students, and teachers, a lot!! I will miss him! Sincerely, Michelle

Kevin Farrell

April 28, 2020

One thing I remember most about David was how well he fit into our family. I don’t think he knew what he was getting into but he always joined the the craziness that is the Farrell family when we get together.

Marc Mautte

April 28, 2020

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Murphy family at this challenging time. Find peace in the warm memories of Dave that brings a smile to your faces. A life well lived.


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