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Robert G. Murphy, New York Telephone manager; June 6, 1930 -- June 19, 2011

Robert G. Murphy, a manager at New York Telephone, died Sunday in his Lancaster home after a lengthy illness. He was 81.

Born in Holley, Mr. Murphy was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He was a manager in engineering for the phone company and was among the group of people who implemented the 911 emergency system in Buffalo. He retired in 1990 after 36 years on the job.

Mr. Murphy was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America. He was a former member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster and a former director of operations and a life member of the Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

He also was a member of Jewell Buckman Post 529, American Legion, in Holley and Navy Club of Lake Ontario Ship 1812 in Brockport.

He served more than a 20 years as a coach for Lancaster-Depew Little League and was a parishioner at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster, where he served as a lector for many years.

His wife, Anna Mary Cunningham Murphy, died in 2007.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Colvin; six sons, William M., Timothy R., James J., Robert G. Jr., Thomas P. and Patrick J.; two sisters, Lois Dill and Betty Rocco; and two brothers, William and Harold.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster.

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