Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
KENSINGTON, CT —
Thomas John Murphy, 81, passed away at home on Sunday, November 4, 2012, from congestive heart failure. He is survived by his beloved wife, Maryann; children, Kevin, Janine, Peter and Trace, and their respective spouses; ten grandchildren; and his dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Tom was born March 29, 1931 in Lockport, NY to the late Matthew J. and Mary Frances (Tracy) Murphy, graduating from Lockport High School in 1948, from SUNY Brockport in 1952, and served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1953. Throughout his life he maintained a strong connection with Lockport, particularly because of his siblings - Mary Margaret Kinyon, Matthew J. Murphy, Jr. (New York state assemblyman 139th District 1975-92), and Donald P. Murphy - and their families. His greatest love was his family. Whatever the relationship - whether as son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin - he was unfailingly dedicated to each one's well-being and happiness.
His lengthy career in educational publishing began at McGraw-Hill in 1954 and continued at Holt, Rinehart, & Winston/CBS Educational Publishing in 1973, where he served as President of School Publishing. He later served as CP of Continuing Education and Publications for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and as President of World Book. In 1983 he founded the consulting company Professional Publishing Services, through which he worked with various publishers and authors until the end of his life. Combining his publishing ability with his lifelong love of the visual arts, he also published the periodical Fine Art Posters International.
Wherever he lived he thrived on a connection to his community, most especially to his friends and family in Lockport. In Kensington, CT, where he lived his last years, he dedicated much of his time volunteering at the public library and at the New Britain Museum of American Art, where he greatly enjoyed his work as a museum docent.
Besides his rich professional life, his passions were New York City, art, books, education, food & wine, gardening, travel and especially his friends.
To the many people whose lives he touched, Tom will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his passion for learning, books and the arts, and his authentic love for all people. He will be profoundly missed.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, to SUNY Brockport Class of '52 (www.brockport.edu/ giving/online/gift.php.
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