On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the age of 87, Edmund Murphy was called home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with family by his side.
Known by all of his friends and family simply as “Murph”, he was a man of few words, but always filled the room with his presence. Murph lived most of his life in Stockton, CA and graduated from Edison High School. He LOVED to fish, it was his passion. There wasn’t a lake, river or stream within driving distance that he hadn’t fished in his younger days. Murph had an incredible eye with design, and worked as a photo mechanic for fiberboard for almost 40 years. He absolutely loved his work, and was proud of his achievements in his field. Evidently so did Uncle Sam. Murph served his country during the Korean Conflict as a specialized printer (for lack of a better term). He was set to ship out with another unit, but overheard there was a problem with developing a plate. As this was his specialty he offered to help fix the problem. It became immediately evident to his commander that he could help the war effort with his extraordinary talent and was reassigned. In the late 1970’s he met Elsie, the love of his life. Little did he know that at the age of 52 he would fall in love and inherit an entire family. Thirty five years of marriage brought love, laughter, wisdom, growth and a family that was complete. Family was the most important thing to him. Murph and Elsie attended Calvary Community Church and loved to play Pinochle and Spades at the Manteca Senior Center, and Bingo at the Manteca Sunshine Club. Murph was a member of the MRPS Hall, PFSA, VFW and American Legion. It was evident to all that knew him that you could not find a nicer guy. Murph was a true friend to many and will be sorely missed by all. Murph is survived by his loving wife Elsie (Simas) Murphy; children Sheree (Richard) Piccinini, Donna (Larry) Burlingame, Cynthia (Douglas) Stiles, Phillip (Kristine) Maxwell; grandchildren Jeffrey (Melisa) Piccinini, Kristen (Jason) Edeliante, Alicia Piccinini, Bryan Burlingame, Leann (Brian) Hoskins, Kathleen (Mark) McWilliams, Michael (Janelle) Stiles, Vicki (John) Stiles, Jessica (Teddy) Anderson, Aaron Maxwell; great-grandchildren Giada Piccinini, Gabriella Piccinini, Sophia Edeliante, Jacob Edeliante, Elsa Burlingame, Zachary Hoskins, Andrew Hoskins, Cameron McWilliams, Kristina McWilliams, Evan Stiles, Evelyn Stiles, Damian Stiles, Calib James, Aidan James, Theodore Anderson VI, Brielle Anderson; in-laws Richard (Bonnie) Simas, Virginia Simas and many nieces and nephews.
P.L. Fry and Son is honored to serve the Murphy family. Visitation will be held on March 17, 2017 from
3-6 p.m. at P.L. Fry and Son. A chapel service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union, Manteca, CA. with graveside service and burial at ParkView Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Calvary Community Church Pantry or Hospice of San Joaquin. For condolences to the family or maps of service location please visit our website at www.plfryandson.com search obituaries.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, March 15, 2017