John James Murphy, Jr. of New Castle, DE (formerly of Albertson, NY) passed away at home on
May 19, 2021. John was born on July 24, 1926 in Queens, NY, to John and Mary Murphy and was the youngest of the 10 Murphy children.
John was a proud Marine having enlisted in the Corps in 1944 at the age of 17. He was in the 3rd Marine Division and received the Purple Heart for being wounded on Iwo Jima. John also was a member of the Marines Sunrise Detachment while living in New York and the General Holcomb Detachment while living in Delaware.
John worked in law enforcement for 45 years including 30 years as a New York City police officer and detective and 15 years as the Deputy Chief Investigator of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
John married Dorothy Coffey on November 20, 1948 and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary the month before Dorothy passed away in 2018.
John is survived by his 3 children - Ann Hannes, Kevin Murphy (Georgeanna), and Sharon Bowser (Jeff); 6 grandchildren – Kate Murphy, Michael Murphy (Megan), Lisa Rodriguez (John), Erin Murphy (Chris); Meggan Murphy (Patrick), and Jason Bowser; and 7 great grandchildren – James, Julia, Skye, Bree, Lexi, Joelle, and Gracen.
To all those who visited and called John while he was ill, the family wishes to extend our heartfelt thanks for your love and concern.
Viewing will be held at Weigand Brothers Funeral Home, 49 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596, on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from 2 PM to 4 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM. Funeral Mass will be on Monday, May 24, 2021, at 11:15 AM at St. Aidan’s Church, 505 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596, with interment following at Holy Rood Cemetery, 111 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY 11590.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association – www.heart.org or the Marine Corps League, Department of Delaware, P.O. Box 903, Ocean View, DE 19970