Michael L. Murphy

January 5, 2017

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Michael L. Murphy, 61, of Watertown, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

Calling hours will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown. A prayer service will be 10:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the funeral home followed by the funeral Mass celebrated at Holy Family Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. J. Michael Gaffney presiding. Burial will be in the spring in Glenwood Cemetery.

Born May 23, 1955, in Watertown, a 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; a 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 may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

Information provided by Cummings Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown