April 30, 1936 ~ August 22, 2020

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: North Haven, CT

George J. Murphy passed away peacefully at CT Hospice on August 22, 2020 with his wife and daughter by his side, as well as a wonderful Hospice nurse Colleen, after a challenging battle with cancer. He was born in New Haven on April 30, 1936 the son of George T. and Dorothy DeSheen Murphy. He leaves his wife, Nancy Hanson Muir Murphy of North Haven, son Michael Murphy (Susan) of Holliston, MA, and daughter Beth Purcell of East Haven, grandson Nicholas Purcell of East Haven, and grandson Ryan Murphy of Philadelphia, PA. He also leaves a loving sister, Jean Murphy of Yorktown Heights, NY, stepsons John Muir (Joseph Mazza) of Paterson, NJ and Christopher Muir of Palm Beach, FL, and several caring cousins, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his late wife, Ann Ruotolo Murphy. George attended St. Lawrence Grammar School and graduated from West Haven H.S. He served in the Naval Reserves for 7 years, and was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking, Dunn & Bradstreet, Williams College School of Banking. He joined First Bank in New Haven in 1956 and continued his banking career for 49 years. He enjoyed racquetball, boating, reading, and traveling both home and abroad, especially cruising with his good friends. He was a member of the Knights of St. Patrick, and also enjoyed playing poker with his buddies. George, may you rest in peace, we love you.
Friends may visit with his family from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26th at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. A Prayer Service will begin  at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Murphy family understands if you choose not to attend. Special thanks to Nancy Haffan, Care Coordinator for Smilow, for her genuine concern for George and Nancy. Contributions in George’s memory may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.


Visitation: August 26, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Prayer Service: August 26, 2020 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Beth,
    My sincere condolences on the death of your father. May he finally Rest In Peace.

    Joyce Casey

  2. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Beth, Nick and your entire family. Our heart Hurts for you Both at this time. Mr. Murphy was a kind and giving man and I remember him with such fondness. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏻

  3. I thought George was a good man and a nice man . He was so generous with everyone he knew, especially his family.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  4. Beth, I am thinking of you and am heartbroken for you, Nick, Nancy, and the rest of your family. I have always admired your devotion to him. Anyone would love to have a daughter like you. I am deeply sorry. I am sincerely praying for you.

  5. So sorry to learn about the passing of George in the paper today. In the few years I have been doing your taxes after the recommendation from my cousin Tom, I found George to be a very deliberate and conscientious person who was very easy to work with. If I can be of any help with any decisions concerning taxes or finances, please feel free to give me a call. Again, to everyone in the family, I offer my sincere condolences to the passing of a wonderful gentlemen.

  6. Nancy, my dearest friend from 4th grade, Jack and I were deeply saddened by George’s passing. He brought many smiles to my heart over the years and had such a great sense of humor. He was always on my favorites list and I was thrilled when you reunited and witnessed your true happiness. We will miss him and keep him close to our hearts always! Wish we could be with you at this time but we will be there in spirit!!! Hugs and love to your entire family!

  7. How about sledding down the hill at the end of Court Street, how about going through the woods to visit our cousins, how about Kelsey’s Island, how about ice skating on West Haven green, how about all your shiny cars, how about dinners with Mom and Dad, how about all the times we shared as sister and brother! I will miss you George. Love Jean

  8. George was a classmate from kindergarten through HS graduation. He was one of the very best. My wife and I extend our sincerest condolences to his family.

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