Funeral services for John "Bullet" E. Murphy, 43 of Cty Rte #14, Madrid. will be held Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. John's the Baptist Church in Madrid with Rev. Msgr. Robert Lawler officiating and Rev. Msgr. John Murphy concelebrating.
Interment with full Military Honors will be held at St John's Cemetery in the Spring. John E. (Bullet) Murphy died Friday December 17 at Claxton Hepburn Hospital in Ogdensburg.
Family and friends may call Monday, December 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Phillips Memorial Home, Madrid. John is survived by his mother, Pauline Murphy, Madrid; a son Brett Murphy, Ogdensburg; four sisters, Debbie Hogan and her husband John of Rochester, Kate Cote and her husband Norman of Madrid, Marianne Graves and her husband Joseph of Rochester, Jackie Willmart and her husband Kevin of Madrid, one brother Joseph Murphy and his wife Lisa of Madrid; and eight nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his father Eugene.
John was born in Canton, February 5, 1967, the son of Eugene and Pauline Cota Murphy. John graduated from MWCS in 1985. Following high school he enlisted in the US Army where he completed his basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia. During his service he received the Army Lapel Button, Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Sharpshooter (M-16 Rifle and Hand Grenade) and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1988 and enlisted in the National Guard for four more years of service.
John was employed by Community Bank, Canton since 1995 working in various departments, most recently Human Resources.
John was a former member of the Elks Lodge BPO 2074, Potsdam and Sons of The American Legion Post 420 Waddington. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 1513, Madrid holding various officer positions, and most currently Post Commander.
John considered Memorial Day an opportunity for people to remember what some of us have gone through to maintain the way we live and was in all respects a professional soldier, a man dedicated to his country and it's freedom. Soldiering came naturally to him. John was a real gentleman, and a real professional.
Memorial contributions maybe made to American Legion Scholarship Fund C/O American Legion Post 420, 23 Fenton St., Waddington, NY 13662
Online Condolences may be made to www.phillipsmemorial.com