William G. Murphy was born at St. Christopher’s Hospital; in Greenwich Village, New York City on October 1935.  His parents, Mary and Joseph Murphy, were Irish immigrants, who moved to New York City and were married in late 1920’s.  His father became a Longshoreman, and unfortunately died of Pneumonia in 1939.  Despite the love and concerns of his mother, Mary and a loving neighbor, Mary J. Johnson, the Family Court of the City in August of 1941 directed that the four Murphy children, Patrick, age 8, William, age 5, Stephen, age 4, and Michael, age 3, be placed in a Catholic orphanage, Mission of Immaculate Virgin, at Mount Loretto, Staten Island, New York.  Their mother, Mary, died in December of 1945, and Mary Johnson and her family became the second mother and family of the Murphy brothers.  William graduated from St, Aloysius Grammar School in June of 1949, and from Tottenville High School in June of 1953.  After graduation he left Mount Loretto, and moved in with his adopted family, The Johnsons, Greenwich Village, while working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Manhattan.  In May of 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years.  He attended Dental Technician School and rose to the rank of a second-class petty officer, while serving abroad the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Lake Champlain, CVA-39.  He was honorably discharged from the Navy in May of 1958.  He was accepted by the University of Florida in that same year, and in June of 1962 graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science.  He volunteered for service in the Peace Corps, and after summer training at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, he was sent to teach in a secondary school, Sacred Heart College, in Bamenda, Cameroon, Africa for a period of two years, then in September 1964 he enrolled and was accepted in George Washington University, Law School in Washington, D.C. in September of 1967, he graduated from the law school, while working in the Library of Congress.  He then went to the law firm of Leahey & Johnson P.C. under the tutelage and wisdom of Peter and his partner, Joe Leahey, he became and able trial lawyer after passing the New York State Bar Exam in early 1969.  Sometime in the decade of the 1980’s he became the managing attorney of the law firm and continued in that role until he retired in 2001.  He met his lovely wife, Margaret in 1970, and was happily married since June 1971.  His older brother, Patrick Murphy, became a police officer with the New York City Police Department in the late 50’s and rose up the ranks to become Borough Commander of Staten Island in 1978 and Chief of the Department, as well as deputy Police Commissioner under Mayor Edward Koch, Stephen Murphy was trained as a printer and worked as a newspaper printer for the New York Times for over 40 years as well as a leader of his union.  Bill’s youngest brother, Michael Murphy, also was a printer for the New York Times, until he became a New York City Fireman, serving over 30 years.  Visitation will be held at St. Sylvester Church, Staten Island on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 beginning at 9 A.M. Funeral Mass will follow at 11 A.M.  Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Staten Island with Navy Honors.


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