Joseph B. Murphy of Derby, a longtime Bethlehem Steel worker, died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after a short illness. He was 78.
Born in Bradford, Pa., and educated in schools there, Mr. Murphy moved to Western New York to work for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, where he was a heating and air conditioning specialist. He worked there for more than 40 years, retiring in 1992.
A Navy veteran who served from 1945 to 1948, Mr. Murphy was a member of the Newcomb-Long American Legion Post in Angola. Every Thursday, he served Limburger cheese sandwiches to fellow members there, earning the moniker "Limburger Joe."
He also was a member of the United Steel Workers.
He was an avid golfer who also enjoyed playing euchre, hunting and fishing.
His wife of 57 years, the former Shirley English, died in 2004.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Beth Murphy of Blasdell and Julie Perez of Lackawanna; a son, Stephen of Derby; a sister, Colleen Allen of Angola; two brothers, Cornelius and Fred, both of Bradford, and Thomas of Memphis, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in Addison Funeral Home, 262 Main St., Angola.