Charles F. Murphy, Jr. 91, of Endwell passed away December 10, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Charles was born in Johnson City, NY June 24, 1926 to his father Charles F. Murphy, Sr. and mother, Margaret Susan Jones Cromwell Murphy (both deceased). He was predeceased by his brother Paul Cromwell, and a sister Bertha Murphy Cunningham. He is survived by his brothers and sister, Thomas E. Murphy, Sr. (Florida) William H. Murphy (Oregon) Dorothy A. Murphy (Johnson City, NY).
Charles married the love of his life, Helen Krisko Murphy (Deceased). They were married for 58 wonderful years. Charles and Helen enjoyed golfing, bowling and travelling to North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. They took cruises in the Caribbean, North Sea, South Pacific, and the Erie Canal. Together they supported and loved their family, friends and were very involved in their faith community at SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Endicott, NY. Everyone who knew them loved them and saw them as a generous, kind, loving and beautiful couple. They traveled, laughed at every chance, learned what they wanted to learn and loved to the fullest.
Charles did not live an average life. He was a beloved and admired patriarch in his family; a natural leader with a warm commanding presence and jovial disposition. Charles was a man with confidence and a man you could trust. He will be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor. Always the witty and entertaining storyteller, Charles enjoyed sharing jokes with his many friends and family. His famous joke about the exquisite gravy ladle will be told and retold by all of us!
Charles worked at Endicott Johnson Corporation as a buyer and merchandiser and continued a distinguished career at E.F. Hutton Corporation where he retired as the Vice President and Manager of the Binghamton, New York office.
Charles belonged to and served in many organizations: Frank A. Johnson American Legion, Johnson City, NY Life Member; served in the U. S. Navy during WWII; Past Master Johnson City Unity Masonic Lodge, Johnson City NY; awarded Mason of the Year; Past Commander In Chief Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Binghamton, NY; received 33rd Degree in I973; Served as Finance Chairman, NY State Council Deliberation; served as Treasurer of Council of Deliberation, NY State; Deputy's Award NY State Council of Deliberation Aide to Sovereign Grand Commander, Northern of Masonic Jurisdiction USA; Past Potentate Kalurah Shrine Center; Past Director Royal Order of Jesters, Binghamton, NY; member of Live Wire Club, Broome County Chamber of Commerce; Past Treasurer United Health Services Foundation; Past Member Harpur Forum; Past President Binghamton Exchange Club; Treasurer/Orthodox Square Club.
Charles will be missed by many nieces, nephews, members of his church, and many close and special longtime friends.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Thursday at S.S. Peter and Paul R.O. Church, 210 Hill Ave. Endicott. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Wednesday at the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. A Masonic service will be held at 8:15 pm and a Panachida service at 8:45 pm. In lieu of flowers please make a gift either to his church or the Kalurah Shrine Transportation Fund, 625 Dickson St. Endicott, 13760. Please sign the guestbook at www.HEFUNERALHOME.com
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who
grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.