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Michael F. Murphy, retired religion teacher

Sept. 10, 1947 — Jan. 12, 2016

Michael F. Murphy, a longtime St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute religion teacher, died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital after a sudden illness. He was 68.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Murphy graduated from Bishop Fallon High School in 1965 and studied for several years at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

He taught religious education at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Buffalo and at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster.

He retired in recent years after 28 years teaching religion at St. Joseph’s Collegiate.

“Michael took his religious ministry very seriously,” said Mr. Murphy’s brother, Robert P. “Butch” Murphy. “His faith came right after family.”

Mr. Murphy volunteered for Kairos, a Catholic retreat program for high school and college students. After retiring, he joined his wife, Eileen, and sister-in-law in volunteering to deliver food several times a week to elderly and homebound residents for Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels.

He was known to visit regular clients in nursing homes after they had moved out of their homes, said Dan Wiles, the organization’s executive director.

“He did a lot for us,” Wiles said. “He was always in a good mood – never a bad word, always a smile.”

Mr. Murphy enjoyed walking the new Tonawanda Rails-to-Trails path and wrote short stories as part of a creative writing group. He also enjoyed golfing and was active at St. Joseph University Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Eileen McNeill; two sons, Daniel and Adam; a sister, Barbara Colpoys; three brothers, Gerald J. Jr., Robert P. and Paul; and one granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

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