John Albert ‘Jack’ Murphy Sr., built an impressive career with Sears, Roebuck and Company

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Retired U.S. Air Force Col. John Albert ‘Jack’ Murphy Sr., a member of Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017.

He was married to his best friend and love of his life, Gloria Camacho Murphy, for 43 years before her death in 2000.

John was extremely proud of his 11 children, 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: John Murphy Jr. of Arlington, Va., and children, Francisco Murphy-Apgar and Meira; Paul Murphy, and his wife, Suzette, of New Orleans, La.; Clark Murphy of Verona, N.J., and his wife, Ann, and children, Kiera, Alana and Aidan; Christopher Murphy of Royersford, Pa., and his wife, Mary, and children, Jacob, Justin and Tyler; Carol Murphy of Boca Raton, Fla., and her husband, George Karibjanian, and daughter, Isabela; Vincent Murphy of Manalapan, N.J., and his wife, Juliana, and children, Katelyn (son, MacKinley), Kelsey, Keenan and Kirsten; Sheila Murphy Teri of Virginia Beach, and children, Bianca Remaley and Alexis King (children, Theodore and Baylee); Neil Murphy of Superior, Colo., and children, Jillian, Declan and Elizabeth; Eileen Murphy Smith of Virginia Beach, and her husband, Richard, and children, Garrett and Delaney; Keith Murphy of Virginia Beach and his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Emelia; and Jeanne Murphy Murck of Ashburn, Va., and son, William Murck.

John was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from LaSalle, Lehigh and Catholic universities. He built a long and impressive career in management and real estate development for Sears, Roebuck and Company before retiring in Virginia. He was a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and actively served a tour of duty in Korea during the Korean War and a deployment at the Pentagon.

John was known as ‘Poppy’ to his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved spending time with them, and they loved spending time with him, especially during frequent, large family gatherings.

John Murphy, devoted husband, family man and inspiration to all who knew him, will be missed.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Church of the Holy Family, 1279 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, followed by a funeral Mass. John will be laid to rest at Princess Anne Memorial Park, Chapel in the Pines.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Holy Family, Memo: The Chosen Ministry in memory of John A. Murphy.

Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.