Paul Murphy

Obituary of Paul C. Murphy

Paul C. Murphy, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1945, passed away on January 20th, 2023. The son of Charles J. and Elizabeth C. Murphy, he grew up in Titusville, Townville, and Meadville, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Teacher’s Certificate in History and Social Studies from Lebanon Valley College. Following college, he attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary earning a Master of Divinity degree. While in seminary, he served as the Cross-Country Coach for Gordon College. In 1970 he was ordained into the American Baptist Denomination, serving in Vermont in Richford (2 churches), and Barre, and leading a Bike Touring Camp for teens through the ABC camping program. After moving to Pennsylvania and joining the United Methodist Church, he served in Elkland (2 churches), York, Middleburg, Shermans Dale (3 churches), Selinsgrove, Montoursville, and Red Lion, retiring in 2008. He leaves behind his wife of over 52 years, Anne; a son, Benjamin and his wife, Lisa; a daughter, Colleen and her husband, Anthony; as well as six much-loved and enjoyed grandchildren, Emma, Erin, Layla, Malakai, Bailey, and Charlotte. His interests included climbing the following mountains: Marcy, Washington, Katahdin, and Mansfield, as well as canoeing at Algonquin Park in Canada, kayaking, biking, and running. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed railroading, American history, and many week-long schooner trips off the coast of Maine on the Schooner Heritage. He enjoyed jokes and laughter, and his sense of humor will be missed by everyone who knew him. A memorial service will be held at Edgewood Church, 111 E. Jefferson Rd., Pittsford, NY at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 28, 2023 with refreshments and fellowship time to follow at the church. The service will also be live-streamed on the church’s YouTube channel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to your favorite charity, or through the church to the Set Free Movement to fight human trafficking.
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