Francis J. Murphy
Sept. 28, 1927 - Nov. 11, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Treusdell Funeral Home
50 E. Main Street
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Prayers at Funeral Home
Mass of Christian Burial:
Our Lady of Angels Church
| Francis J. “Frank” Murphy
Francis J. "Frank" Murphy, 91, of 5168 White Creek Rd., Friendship, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. Born September 28, 1927 in Conneaut, Ohio, he was the son of Daniel L. and Ann Grant Murphy. On August 13, 1947 in Buffalo, he married the former Margarite M. Brockenshire, who predeceased him on March 5, 2014. The reception was held in the backyard of his parents' large home at 20 Penfield Street in Buffalo.
Frank had grown up in Buffalo and attended Lafayette High School. However, at the age of 16 adventure called and he joined the Merchant Marines for a year and then joined the U.S.Army in 1945. He served in the Pacific Theater, and, while aboard a troopship sent to bring the battle to the Japanese homeland, the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; following that, he and his unit continued on to Japan where they patrolled the ravaged areas; later, they would become known as the "atomic" veterans. After the army Frank worked in various manufacturing jobs in Buffalo for a time, then moved to Alfred, NY in 1963, where he first worked at the N.Y.S. College of Ceramics and then became a postal carrier for the Town of Alfred, retiring in 1987. In the interim, he and Margarite had purchased a home in Friendship in 1969.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening, lawn games, reading political and historical journals and books. In Buffalo, and Alfred, he was a star bowler on several leagues. His favorite spectator sport was football, especially the Buffalo Bills. He loved to spend time with his family.
He was a member of the Belmont and Cuba VFW's, and participated in the color guard for memorial services.
Surviving are three sons, Kevin F. (Diane) Murphy of Hopkinton, MA, Robin J. Murphy and John P. Murphy both of Wellsville; daughter in law, Lisa Murphy of Friendship; a brother, Daniel L. Murphy of Boone, NC; grandchildren, Ryan (Jiawen) Murphy of Dallas, TX, Kelly Murphy of Maitland, FL, Austin Murphy of Friendship, Ashley (David) Adams of Belfast, Holly (Robert) Brown of Salamanca, John (Ashley) Murphy Jr. of Wellsville, April (Tracy) Murphy of Wellsville, Shawn (Morgan) Murphy of N. Carolina, Christine Murphy of Elmira, Mark (Ashley) Murphy of Bradford, Steven Murphy of Wellsville, Mary (Ronald) Baker of Jamestown and Keith Murphy of Frewsburg; step grandchildren, Donald Houghting of Elmira and Jessica (Jimmy) McHenry of Hinsdale; and several great grandchildren.
Frank was predeceased by a son, Dean Murphy; two brothers, John P. Murphy & Thomas O. Murphy; and a sister, Margaret (Ben) Schimke.
Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship 2-4 and 7-9 pm Friday Nov. 16, 2018. Funeral services will begin Saturday, November 17, 2018 with prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 am followed by a mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Angels Church in Cuba at 10:00 am. The Rev Dennis Mancuso, pastor will be celebrant and burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Cuba. Memorials may be made to the Cuba VFW Post # 2721. Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the button below.