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Bruce A. Murphy
May 25, 1932 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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On December 24th, at the age of 91, Bruce Arthur Murphy peacefully passed away, surrounded by family, concluding a courageous 13-year battle with dementia. Born on May 25, 1932, in Euclid, Ohio, to Eva Marie Klein Murphy and James Terence Murphy, Bruce was one of 10 siblings.
Throughout his dementia journey, Bruce exemplified aging with grace, facing the disease with resilience and adaptability. Described by family as a "game of whack-o-mole," he navigated each decline with creativity and determination. Bruce found solace in his Catholic faith, relying on a deep belief in God during overwhelming moments, often declaring, "I'm fighting the battles!"
Bruce's life included a remarkable 25-year marriage to Lucille Biank Murphy, born from an unexpected blind date. Bruce and Lucille built a life together, creating lasting memories with their three children and weathering life's challenges, including Lucille's leukemia battle, which sadly ended in 1979., Bruce embarked on another blind date, finding love once more, this time leading to a 42-year marriage with Wilma Vollmer. Together, they built a successful business, witnessed the growth of their families, and explored the world. For the second time, Bruce taught us what true love looks like by selflessly supporting Wilma through her battle with dementia while managing his own advancing illness. Sadly, Wilma passed in February of 2023.
Bruce's legacy encompasses a large, loving family including his three children Donna Van Der Horn (Dave) of The Woodlands, TX, Diane Dougherty (Frank) of Marlborough, MA, his son James Murphy (Dawn) of Olathe, KS, and Wilma’s three daughters, Betsy Baker (Scott) of Advance NC, Karen Meek (Roger) of Leander, TX and Lee McColley (Robert) of Kansas City, Kansas, 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Kathy Murphy Cimorelli, and brother, Robert Murphy, and sister-in-law, Mary Murphy as well as numerous cousins and extended family members. Bruce cherished family more than anything in the world and found immense joy in the time he was able to spend with each of them, especially later in life.
Closely following the pride he took in his family, Bruce was extremely proud of his service in the US Navy during the Korean War serving on the USS Shangri La and Antietam. Community service became integral to Bruce's life, as a member of the Elks Club in Wayne, New Jersey, a member of the Lions Club for over 25 years in both Guilford, CT and Bluffton, SC, often serving in leadership roles. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Bluffton SC. Through each of these organizations, Bruce built deep and lasting friendships, which he cherished throughout his entire life.
Bruce's enduring commitment and unwavering support through both joy and hardship defined the depth of his character. May his legacy live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved
Funeral services will be held February 5th at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St, Marlborough, MA 01752. with burial scheduled at a later date
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you to please donate to the following organizations. Lion’s Club International at https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/donate or the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina was very supportive to our family in navigating the complexities of dementia. https://dementianc.org/?form=DANCDonate