John A. "Jack" Murphy passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday morning. Born in Newark, NJ, Jack spent most of his adult life on the Jersey Shore before moving to Hamilton, NJ.
Jack, known affectionately as "Murph" by his friends, was a die hard Yankees and Giants fan, much to the dismay of his mostly Philly friends. He loved his Candy Crush and never turned the volume down even though it was way too loud. He wore many hats and meant many things to many people, but his favorite role was PopPop to his 4 beautiful grandchildren. He never turned down a chance to play Barbies or a trip to the mall to get them "one more thing". He had a special bond with his grandson Kenny, and was extremely proud of the young man he was becoming. His daughter Melissa was the apple of his eye, not to be overshadowed by the love he had for his son in law Tom. He could be heard bragging about them being the best parents in the world to his grand babies, and always enjoyed a lazy Sunday at their house beaming with pride. Jack's son Andrew, named after his grandfather, was the spitting image of him, but a foot taller.
Murph made a huge impact on countless people's lives on their road to recovery. He was a mentor, a confidante and a role model to many trying to live a sober life. His work at the Salvation Army and Restart Sober Living changed and saved so many, and we know they are eternally grateful for knowing him.
Jack is preceded by his parents Andrew Murphy and Margaret White Murphy. He is survived by his brothers Dr Robert Murphy(Patricia) of Oakhurst NJ and Richard Murphy (Rosalie) of Florida, his daughter Melissa and son in law Tom Parker, a son Andrew Murphy, his grandchildren Kenny, Riley, Teagan and JoJo, as well as nieces, nephews and close friends, especially Beth Quinn who was never afraid to set him straight , his roommate Colleen D'Amico and Melissa's mother MaryAnn Murphy.
A service will be held on Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 2-4pm
Knott's Colonial Funeral Home
2946 So. Broad St.
Hamilton NJ 08610
Due to COVID restrictions, only 25 people will be allowed in at a time. A prayer service will take place immediately after. Cremation will be private. When sending flowers, please consider an arrangement that can be carried so his grandchildren can bring them home.
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Knott's Colonial Funeral Home