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Michael L. Murphy

January 4, 2017

Michael L. MurphyMichael L. Murphy, 61, of Watertown passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown on Sunday, January 8, from 1 - 4PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Monday, January 9, at 10:15AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at Holy Family

Mike was born in Watertown on May 23, 1955, son of Richard E. and Mary Jane Shaughnessy Murphy. He was a 1973 graduate of Watertown High School. For many years he was a process server throughout the North Country, also working as a supervisor for the janitorial staff at JRC.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and was a former member of Watertown Elks Lodge 496. He was always outdoors enjoying nature, golfing, boating on the River and especially enjoyed his camp on Brantingham Lake and road trips with Betty and Gibbs.

Mike is survived by his fiancée, Betty J. Gould, and her daughter, Jessica; his beloved dog, Gibbs; two nieces and one nephew, Allison Murphy Morley, Kelly Murphy Matyjakowski, and Ryan Murphy; a great niece and great nephew, Nick and Ashley Matyjakowski; one great great nephew, Elias; and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Jane, May 14, 1978, his father, Richard, June 11, 2016, four brothers, Francis, in infancy, and Patrick, Anthony, and James, and sister, Eleanor Murphy.

Very near and dear to his heart was making sure no child was hungry, so please make donations in Mike's name to the United Way of NNY, 200 Washington St., Suite 402A, Watertown, NY 13601, attention Watertown City School District Backpack Program. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#24 todd s. lavere 2017-01-10 21:35
me jay and tim will miss you you are with your parents and bros.now and with GOD. rest in peace my friend it was a privilege to talk with by phone early in may your smile and friendship will be missed dearly. GOD BLESS
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#23 Linda Vrooman 2017-01-09 20:04
My condolences to all and everyone Mike was such a good friend to everyone no matter who you were or where you was from, he treated you with respect. Will greatly miss his smile and wonderful personality!
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#22 Carmen A. Disario 2017-01-09 09:21
Mike, I will miss you and your humor. Rest in peace. Betty, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#21 The Varno Family 2017-01-08 14:45
We are so sorry to hear of Michaels passing. We live across the street on Cadwell and grew up with him. He was a wonderful man... You all will be in our thoughts..
Willie, Anne, & Anthony
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#20 john and Brenda hami 2017-01-08 13:33
Betty we were so sad to hear of Mikes passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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#19 Andrea Decillis 2017-01-08 11:06
So sorry to hear about Mike. He was such a fighter, and fought for so long. Bill & I have known Murph and his family for years. Betty and family, my thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this sad time.
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#18 Daniel Murphy 2017-01-08 09:57
Very sorry for your loss of Mike. Jimmy was a great friend of mine and Mike was always nice to us.
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#17 Darlene Sheitz 2017-01-08 09:41
Murph's life on earth may have been short but he lived it well.
He embraced life. Living it to the fullest. Making the most of everyday knowing one day it would be his last.
He had a big heart. He was a loyal and caring person. He was there to lend a helping hand to someone in need.
He was a good friend and I'm proud to have been one of his.
May you rest in peace.
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#16 Bruce and Cindy 2017-01-08 09:23
So sorry for your loss Betty. Mike touched so many lives. He was truly "one of a kind". There will forever be a hole in my heart for my lost friend.
God speed Murph.
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#15 Debbie Corey 2017-01-07 18:55
Rest in peace my dear friend ! You will be missed by so many
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