Jim was born & raised in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Melrose Academy, St. Joseph Preparatory and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University. He is the son of James J. Murphy, Jr. and Evelyn Jones Murphy.
Jim met his wife Eileen Morrison at a college mixer and swept her off her feet. Besides being a great dancer, he belonged to the college Glee Club, and he could carry a tune. Their fifty-seven years together produced three beautiful children: James J. Murphy IV, Brian R. Murphy (Diane) of Freeport, Florida; and Cynthia E. Zern (Jason) of West Grove, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren Zachary Murphy, Joshua Zern, Alex Murphy, Harrison “Harry” Zern, Aliyah Murphy, and Colin Zern; and one great-grandchild
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Eve Morrison, and his son James “Jimmy”.
Before retiring, Jim spent almost fifty years in the insurance industry as a Claims Adjuster, licensed Insurance Agent, Broker, and then established his own Independent Insurance Agency, BRS Services Inc., in 1990 with offices in Chadds Ford & West Grove, Pennsylvania.
Jim faithfully followed the Phillies and Eagles. As the children flew the nest, Jim started hitting the Links. He loved the game of golf. He set up a home workshop and produced custom-made clubs for family & friends.
Throughout his life Jim’s priorities were God, Family & Country. He loved Our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ and had a special devotion to His Blessed Mother, Mary. He was proud to be a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. Jim loved his family. He was a loving & devoted husband, an excellent father, mentor, coach and friend to his children. He was a loving son & brother. Jim loved this country and passed this love of country unto his children.
Jim is survived by his wife, two children, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, his sister, Carol Murphy Fravel, in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
The family would like to thank EMTs & Police of South Walton, the Doctors and Nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital, ICU, Emerald Coast Hospice, Kindred Home Care, and Dr. Kinzleman. Their skill & compassion was outstanding.
In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make donations in memory of Jim to Christ the King Building Fund, P.O. Box 21, 15542 U.S. Highway Business 331, Freeport, Florida 32439. Better yet, perform acts of kindness in Jim’s name.
Matthew 25:23 His Lord said to him “Well done, good & faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
Friends will be received on Saturday, September 25th, 2021 from 9 AM – 9:45 AM at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 300 State Road, West Grove, PA 19390 where a family eulogy will begin at 9:45 AM. The memorial mass will begin at 10 AM. Interment will be private. Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square; please visit Mr. Murphy’s online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Memorial MassSeptember 25, 2021 10 AM Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish
300 State Road
West Grove, PA 19390
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