Thomas P. Murphy, who served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, died Saturday (Sept. 16, 2000) in Orchard Park Health Care Center after a long illness. The lifelong resident of South Buffalo was 83.
Murphy attended South Park High School and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. He enlisted in the Marines in 1940 and served as a sergeant in the Pacific Theater. He saw combat on Guadalcanal and other locations. He was called back into the Marines during the Korean War.
He worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. as a technician in the chemical lab until retiring in 1979.
He was a member of South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion; the Catholic War Veterans; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; Niagara Frontier Detachment, Marine Corps League; the First Marine Division; the South Buffalo Lions Club; Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus; and St. Martin's Holy Name Society.
He is survived by a sister, Margaret Gibbons of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.
A memorial Mass will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.