Thomas Francis Murphy
Sept. 23, 1930 – Sept. 24, 2021
Thomas Francis Murphy, 91, of Altoona, went to be with our Lord on Friday. He was born in Ashville, the son of Thomas and Mary (Dougherty) Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Joseph and J. Patrick; and sisters, Frances Ann and Rosemary (Montler); nephews, Thomas Montler and Murphy Montler; and a great-nephew, Nathan Montler. Thomas was the beloved uncle of Robert Montler, Sheila Rowan, Joseph Montler, Therese Knob, Michael Montler, MaryAnne Righi, Daniel Murphy, Jamie Rising, Sean Murphy, Sally Dumenil and Thomas Murphy; as well as many great-great-nieces and nephews from both the Montler and Murphy sides of the family.
Tom loved family more than anything. He took pride in being one of the Murphy boys. You could find them eating in the Mercy and Altoona Hospital cafeterias together shooting the breeze and talking to all the pretty girls.
He was a graduate of Cresson High School before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. When his service ended, he attended Saint Francis College and received a degree in accounting. He went on to become the Business Manager for WFBG/WTAJ. His position allowed him to travel, which he loved. His favorite travel story was how he went to California for a convention, and got to sit next to Mary Tyler Moore. If you knew him, you saw the picture he would proudly show off that he carried in his wallet. If you were ever at the Broad Avenue Sheetz, you probably ran into him enjoying his coffee and scratching off his many (many) lottery tickets. He knew everyone, even if he couldn’t remember their names, which his brother, Joe, would always pick on him about.
Tom was blessed to reside at both Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies his last few years. The family thanks the staff for their compassionate care. He loved his girls.
Tom was a proud Irishman and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and The Legion of Mary. He was a firm believer in his faith and would visit the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Va., every year to celebrate Easter. His laugh, his stories and his kindness will be missed by all.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
511 20th Street, Altoona, with Father Lubomir Strecok officiating. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements are provided by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona.
Condolences may be made at stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.