On July 30, 2012, Paul Viane Murphy peacefully passed after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita Attanasi, and their four children, Rita Jurgielewicz (Joe), Patti Young (Billy), Paul (Kathleen Mitchell) and Jimmy (Christine Mullen) and 12 grandchildren, all of whom brought great joy to his life.
Paul, the son of Paul and Loretta (Viane) Murphy, was their oldest child. He was predeceased by his brother Frank and his sister, Joan Cerratto, and is survived by his brother Tommy.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Paul had summered in Mattituck since he was a very young child. He returned after completing college and serving his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as well as the Korean Conflict.
There were few if any charities to which Paul did not contribute. He was a 47-year member of the Mattituck Lions Club, receiving the Lifetime Membership award as well as the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honor the Lions Club presents. Paul was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sacred Heart Parish, where he served on the pastoral council and as a Eucharistic Minister, and was a long-serving member of the Knights of Columbus and a dedicated volunteer at both Sacred Heart Elementary School and Mercy High School. He was also a stalwart member of the Conservative Party.
The world is a better place because of his generosity as well as his kindness and great sense of humor. He will be missed.
Visiting hours are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cutchogue.
Memorial donations may be made to Maureen’s Haven or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This is a paid notice.