portrait picture for William O. Murphy

Wake:Friday, October 13, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home.

Mass:Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street. Alternate parking arrangements are being arranged and will be listed here when confirmed. Be aware the Sono Half Marathon will restrict traffic around the church on Saturday, please allow adequate time.

Interment:St. John Cemetery, 223 Richard’s Avenue, Norwalk.

Contributions: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.



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.

  1. Dear Barbara, how sorry I am to hear of Bill’s passing. He was an extra special man, who shared his love for God, by helping others. I still remember how blessed and honored I felt to have him on the altar when my Bill passed 15 years ago. It was great to see Bill and you last year in Florida. Because I am in Florida now, I will not be able to attend the services -which I am sure will be special. Please know that my thoughts and prayers will be will you and your family. Connie Kerwick-Kearns

    October 11, 2017
    Connie Kerwick-Kearns -
  • Dear Barbara, Sorry I am to hear of Bill’s passing. I grew up in Norwalk and went to Fairfield Prep. I also went to St Josephs fron 1-3 yrs.
    Most of my navy time and 5 yrs in the Boston area followed 32 yrs in the Bay Area in Marin County. The last 17 yrs in the Phoenix area.
    Mary and I visited your home in Rowayton some yrs ago. Over the yrs I was able to interface several of my constituents including Bill.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and the Murphy’s.

    October 11, 2017
    Ted Gallagher -
  • Dear Barbara, how fine that you were able to spend 52 years together, and that Bill lived long enough to see and enjoy his grandchildren. It is good that your family and friends are there for you. . It was always grand to see Bill at our class reunions. I envy the people of St. Joseph’s having Bill as their Deacon. Being in Arizona, Barbara and I will not be able to attend the Mass of Christian Burial. You and you family will be in our prayers, and in the Prayers of the Faithful at Our Lady of the Mountains parish in Arizona.

    Lou Kuttner.

    October 11, 2017
    Ludwig G. Kuttner -
  • Dear Barbara,
    I will always remember Bill as a wonderful person with a heart of Gold.
    The great week-ends we spent in formation were unforgettable and full of fun!!
    Bill will continue the great work he began on earth in service to our Lord.
    All our Love to you and your family.
    Deacon Henry and Maura Hein – Class of 1995

    October 12, 2017
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  • There is no better man that we have met in this lifetime that can hold a candle to the man that “Deacon Murphy” was. We are so saddened by his passing but we know that if any man gained the ultimate place in heaven it is Bill Murphy. He embodied true selflessness – it was never about him but only about everyone else. We can only pray that he is at peace and can watch over all of us and help us become our “best selves”. We love you Deacon Murphy. You touched our lives and we will never forget you for it.

    October 12, 2017
    Rob and Alex Eising -
  • Dear Barbara and family,

    On behalf of the Bridgeport Diaconate community, I wish to extend to you and your family our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandfather. Deacon Bill was truly a gift to the Diocese of Bridgeport and, most especially, to the parishioners of St. Joseph Parish, Norwalk. May he rest in peace.

    October 13, 2017
    Deacon Anthony P. Cassaneto, Ph.D., Director of the Diaconate -
  • Barbara,
    I will offer Mass for Bill over the weekend. My memories of him are many, especially when he assisted me at the reunion Masses.
    He was so faithful to.Holy Cross and to my graduate university, the Gregorian, in Rome.
    I amsorry my physical condition prevents me from being present at the funeral, but he and you and the family will be in my prayers.
    Father John Bagley

    October 13, 2017
    Rev. John Bagley -
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    Dear Barbara,
    I am so terribly sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I’ve known the Murphy family all my life in Brooklyn and was blessed to be on a trip to Rome with you and Bill. Francis and Robert went to Brooklyn Prep with my brothers.
    I saw you both at Gregorian events when I attended the Greg. You were both such wonderful inspirations and his decision to to throw all this worldly competition over and do God’s work was not unusual, it was astonishing. Somehow I know he doesn’t need my prayers, but I need his, so I will pray to him.
    My husband, Jack Kehoe, just passed, so I know what a difficult time this is for you, so you will be in all my prayers. I thank God Bill walked the earth at the time we all did. Such a huge gift.

    Peggy Brennan Hassett

    October 13, 2017
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  • Dear Barbara,

    I will always cherish my friendship with Bil. He was a true friend and a source of great inspiration and advice. He will be missed very much.

    Robert J. Walsh 10/13/17

    October 13, 2017
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