Thomas Murphy, 70, oil company plant manager

October 21, 2005

Thomas Frederick Murphy, a retired oil company operator who was proud of his Irish heritage, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Sinai Hospital. The Hampstead resident was 70.

Mr. Murphy was born in Baltimore and raised in Irvington. He was a 1954 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and served in the Army as a specialist from 1958 to 1960.

Mr. Murphy went to work for the Texaco Oil Co. in 1953 and, at the time of his 1993 retirement, was plant manager of its Curtis Bay facility.

He was an avid Colts fan and for years was a season ticket holder. He also was a fan of Notre Dame University football and the Ravens.

Mr. Murphy liked collecting vintage Lionel electric trains and setting up an annual Christmas garden. He also was a shih tzu dog fancier.

He enjoyed traveling to Ireland and this year celebrated his 70th birthday there with his family during a vacation.

Mr. Murphy was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, 3701 Park Ave., Manchester, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Barbara Bruchalski; two daughters, Joan M. Patinella of Fallston and Deborah M. Fiori of Eldersburg; a brother, Lawrence Murphy of Ocean City; and five grandchildren.

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