Edward Francis Murphy, age 83, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018 surrounded in love by his whole family.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, Elaine (Champagne) Murphy; his daughter LeAnn Cassidy and her husband Brian; his son Gerry and his wife Sonja; his son Keith and his wife Jennifer; his grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law Claire, Charlie, Rosalie, Mary, Colin, Ethan, Catherine, Philip, Pamela, Alex, and Tara; and many close friends and relatives.
Born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Edward and Mildred Murphy. An Army Veteran of the Korean War, Ed received his B.A. from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to Meriden in 1962 with the love of his life, Elaine. It was in Meriden that he would raise his family and give his life in service to the Meriden Community. Ed served as Assistant Comptroller and then as the first Finance Director for the City of Meriden for close to forty years. In retirement, he served as Treasurer for the Meriden Municipal Federal Credit Union.
In addition to his work for the city, Ed spent countless hours volunteering for various causes as a member of first, the Jaycees, South Meriden Little League and the Wallingford Hawks Youth Hockey Program, and then as a long-time member of the Meriden Kiwanis Club. He was one of the Meriden club’s Past Presidents and also served as the Governor of the New England Region of Kiwanis International. He was proud of his “Red Jacket” and all that it stood for, sharing this civic work with so many other wonderful people, including his wife. Ed volunteered countless hours to help better Meriden and the greater community.
Ed will be remembered best as a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be sorely missed.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Our Lady Queen of Angels, Holy Angels Church Campus, 585 Main Street, South Meriden, CT 06451. Everyone is asked to meet directly at the church. Burial, with military honors, will be in St. Laurent Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
For online condolences and directions, please visit www.jferryfh.com
I had the honor of knowing Ed and serving in his administration when he was the Governor of the New England District of Kiwanis. I was his International Foundation Chair and was proud to be part of his Team. My deepest condolence to Elaine and the Murphy family.
James Banks - Friday October 26, 2018 via Condolence Message
We are so saddened to learn of the passing of Ed. He was such a good man and his presence will be greatly missed. We are out of town with eye surgery for Ellie and not able to make services. Know though you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bill/Ellie Howard - Wednesday October 24, 2018 via Condolence Message
Ed was a good friend at Northeastern, and for the countless years since.
A true American proud to serve with a sense of purpose.
Our fondest memories will remain in our hearts as he was loved by all.
His wry smile was his signature, and what you looked for.
A wonderful sense of humor, along with a caring heart kept him in our minds and thoughts over the many years.
Rest easy friend in the Cloak of God, you will be missed.
Albert - Caroline Coyte - Tuesday October 23, 2018 via Condolence Message
Elaine and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ed was a wonderful man and a devoted Kiwanian. He will be greatly missed by the whole New England and Bermuda Kiwanis community.
Lisa Onderdonk - Tuesday October 23, 2018 via Condolence Message
Dear Elaine and Family...my deepest sympathy and condolences.
As a former Mayor and elected official, I knew and worked closely with Ed, as Director of Finance, for over 20 years. He was invaluable to me: dedicated and committed to the City of Meriden; reliable and dependable in the most difficult of times; an unmatched work ethic; all of these traits made him among my most resilient and persevering team members.
But above all, Ed was a genuinely good person, someone who gave all he could to whomever and whenever he could; the kind that doesn't come along very often. While I have lost a good friend, the City of Meriden has lost one of its finest citizens. Rest in peace, Ed...
Jim Pellegrino - Monday October 22, 2018 via Condolence Message
Wishing you some small comfort in this time of sorrow.
Kiwanis Foundation of New England - Monday October 22, 2018 via Heartfelt Sympathies
Thank you Past Governor Ed for your service to the New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis International. Our deepest condolences are sent to Elaine and the rest of the Murphy family.
John J. Maihos - Sunday October 21, 2018 via Condolence Message
LeAnn,Ethan, Colin, Brian and family
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your dad and grandfather. Know, and take comfort in the knowledge, that so many people have you in their thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Your dad and grandfather was a wonderful man. You are fortunate to have had in your life. I know that he was proud of each of you.
Karl (aka Mr Buckley to Ethan and Colin)
Karl Buckley - Sunday October 21, 2018 via Condolence Message
Lifting you up with love.
Anne, Fred, and family - Sunday October 21, 2018 via Heartfelt Sympathies
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing.
It seems like he was always doing something and had a full and active life.
I hope you take care of yourself at this sad time.
Patricia Eustace - Sunday October 21, 2018 via Condolence Message