Obituary of Raymond F. Murphy
Raymond F. Murphy, 72, of Glastonbury, beloved husband of Kimberly (Tomilonus) Murphy, died on Friday, August 4th at home surrounded by his family. After many years battling heart issues, he died of a fast-moving cancer, glioblastoma multiforme. Born March 18, 1951 in Hartford, son of the late Raymond P. and Alvira (Lorenzini) Murphy, he was raised in South Windsor and lived in Glastonbury for many years.
A graduate of South Windsor High School, Ray went on to serve his country in the Air Force on Guam during the Vietnam War. He returned home and attended culinary school in Hartford, then worked as a saucier at many local fine dining restaurants. A man of many interests, Ray had a house painting company, worked as a welder, and owned an advertising company. His love of driving eventually brought him to Premier (Ambassador) Limousine, where he worked as a chauffeur for many years and met the love of his life, Kimberly. In his retirement, he drove for Monaco Ford, his dream job. His love of cars and playing cards came together, and he loved spending time at the dealership.
During his free time, Ray loved fishing, golfing, cheering on the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants, and playing cribbage with his family. He could always be found in the kitchen, inventing new recipes and cooking for a crowd. He volunteered at St. Christopher Church and with Glastonbury Little League with both his sons.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two loving sons, Joshua Murphy and his wife Winifred Maloney of Manchester, and Jordan Murphy of Glastonbury; a brother Douglas Murphy of Anderson, SC, a brother-in-law Jerry Thomas of Lincoln, NE, sisters-in-law Deborah Tedford and her husband Walter of Coventry, Pamela LaPenna of West Hartford, Cheryl Fasnacht of Glastonbury, Jeannie Murphy of Monroe, NC, mother-in-law Patricia Tomilonus of Glastonbury, a foster brother Jimmy Horne and his wife Barbara of Willington, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Charles Murphy and two sisters, Sharon Thomas and Joyce Downing. The family will receive friends at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury on Friday, August 11th from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 am at St. Christopher Church, 538 Brewer Street in East Hartford. Burial will be private in Center Cemetery, South Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance or the American Heart Association.
For online condolences, please visit www.mulryanfh.