|Obituary Fr. Thomas Murphy|
The Reverend Thomas F. Murphy, who served as a priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 35 years, died after a long illness on January 27, 2006 at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola. He was 63 years old.
The only child of the late Norman F. and Valeda Levesque Murphy, Thomas Francis Murphy grew up in Hewlett. He attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Far Rockaway and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. He studied for the priesthood at Cathedral College in Brooklyn and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.
He was ordained a priest by Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg on May 30, 1970.
Father Murphy worked at Camp Immaculate in Mattituck during his first summer as a priest, before heading to his first assignment as an associate pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Mineola. In 1979, Father Murphy was transferred to St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay. While working as an associate pastor there, Father Murphy also served on the faculty of St. Dominicís School. Eight years later he was reassigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst where he served as an associate pastor. In 1992, Father Murphy was transferred to Our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon, and served as an associate pastor. He became a chaplain at Winthrop University Hospital in 1996, and returned to parish work in 2002 as an associate pastor at St. Markís Parish in Shoreham. Father Murphy moved to St. Pius X Residence in Uniondale in 2003 because of illness.
Father Murphy was a Rotarian for over two decades in the communities of Garden City, Oyster Bay and Babylon. He also liked to travel, and led pilgrimages to Europe, Puerto Rico, California and the Holy Land.
A wake for Father Murphy will be held on Monday, January 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, followed by a Mass of Transferral at 7:30 p.m. in the church. The Reverend James Bowman will be the Principal Celebrant and Reverend Richard Lewkiewicz will be the homilist.
Bishop William Murphy will preside at the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church. Monsignor James Spengler will deliver the homily. Burial will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.
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