William O. Murphy
November 18, 1934~October 6, 2017
William O. Murphy passed away peacefully at his home in Norwalk on Friday, October 6, 2017.
Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 18, 1934, one of ten children of Joseph E. Murphy and Kathleen Kiley Murphy. He attended Brooklyn Prep, College of the Holy Cross and Columbia University Law School. He served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force in Germany 1961-1962.
Bill was hired by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the fall of 1960 and spent 35 years at the firm, 25 as partner. He served on the Banking Law Committee of the Bar Association and in the course of his career he worked on the Hunt case, the restructuring of the debt of Yugoslavia and the Philippines and a variety of leveraged buyouts, among other things. He retired from the firm in December 1994 and became an ordained Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.
Following his retirement, he graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity Degree. He was active in the ministry for 22 years locally at St. Joseph’s Church. At various times, Bill served as Chair of the Norwalk Board of Education, Chairman of the Board of Family and Children’s Agency, a Board member of the anti-poverty agency, the homeless shelter, two charter revision commissions and the Side By Side Charter School. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the New Canaan Country School and on the Board of Consultants of Portsmouth Abbey School.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Barbara and his sons Bill of New York, NY and Jim and his wife Jenny of Darien, CT as well as 5 grandchildren, Kathryn, Thomas, Elizabeth, Will and Cole. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters Joseph, Kathleen, Betty Jane, Richard, David, Francis, Robert and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Mary Anne and his brother Thomas.
Friends may call, Friday, October 13, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery, 223 Richard’s Avenue, Norwalk.
Memorial donations in Bill’s name, may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 85 S. Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 https://stjosephsono.org/causes.