James P. Murphy, 85, of Hughestown, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Hughestown on August 10, 1932, he was the son of the late James and Madeline Dougher Murphy.
Jim was a graduate of Hughestown High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from The University of Scranton. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Samuel B. Roberts.
He was first employed as an Application Engineer at RCA, Mountaintop, then was Director of Engineering at Triple A Mfg., Scranton. He then returned to RCA as a staff engineer and retired from Harris Semiconductor, formerly RCA GE, in 1998. He was also the co-founder of Computer Visionaries, Inc., Pittston.
Jim was a member of the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, now St. Joseph Marello Parish, where he served on various committees. He was also very active in the Holy Name Society, where he took great pride in organizing the group’s annual smoker for many years. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim was a true gentleman. He was honest, hardworking, loyal, and witty. He was always there for anyone in need. He loved life and lived his 85 years to the fullest. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and numerous friends. He was a winemaker, a fisherman, an avid Penn State fan, and enjoyed nothing more than supporting his grandchildren in all of their activities, sports, concerts, and plays. Throughout the years, he and his wife also enjoyed their grandson’s band, 3IB’s weekly gigs, many times until the early morning hours. He also enjoyed his backyard pool parties, adept at doing back flips off the diving board.
He was especially happy last year when he and his wife treated their family to a memorable trip to Keuka Lake where they all enjoyed boating, fishing, campfires, and wine tasting.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lori Ann; brothers, John, Thomas, and Paul Murphy; sisters, Sarah Callahan and Claire Bohan.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lorraine Carnevali Murphy; daughters, Deborah and her husband, Robert Husty of Wilkes-Barre and Diane and her husband, Nick Lello of Carlisle; and grandchildren, Robert and Timothy Husty and Megan, Nicholas, Christopher and Julia Lello. Also surviving are his sister, Mary Ellen Moran, Pittston Twp.; sister-in-law, Maureen Murphy, Hughestown; brother-in-law, Edward Bohan, Brackney; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday, October 26th from 5-8 PM and Friday, October 27th from 12-1 PM at Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 at 1PM in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street, Pittston. Interment will follow in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston.
Jim’s family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during these last few months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jim’s name to St. Joseph Marello Parish or Celtic Hospice.