Richard A. Murphy, Civic Leader

IN MEMORIAM

Richard A. Murphy, Civic Leader

Word has been received that Richard A. Murphy, retired banker and former Democratic county representative for the Town of Oneonta, passed away at 5:15 a.m. today at his home, where he was under Hospice care. Arrangements are being made with the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta; a full obituary will be forthcoming Friday. Murphy had been struggling with a cancer diagnosis since retiring at the end of 2013 from the county board, where he was a key player and, for a period, vice chair. He had remained active in politics, mentoring such rising stars at county Rep. Andrew Stammel, who won Murphy’s seat in 2016, and Dan Buttermann, now serving on the Oneonta City Board of Education. In April 2014, the Oneonta Little League named its minor league field in his honor. And he was the guest of honor at the September 2015 annual dinner of the Otsego County Democratic Party where, above, he posed with, from left, former Oneonta mayors John Nader and Kim Muller, Murphy's wife Patricia, and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the keynote speaker. (AllOTSEGO.com)
Word has been received that Richard A. Murphy, former Democratic county representative for the Town of Oneonta, passed away at 5:15 a.m. today at his home, where he was under Hospice care.  Arrangements are being made with the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta; a full obituary will be forthcoming Friday. Murphy, a former ONC BOCES speech pathologist, had been struggling with a cancer diagnosis since retiring at the end of 2013 from the county board, where he was a key player and, for a period, vice chair. He had remained active in politics, mentoring such rising stars at county Rep. Andrew Stammel, who won Murphy’s seat in 2015, and Dan Buttermann, now serving on the Oneonta City Board of Education. In April 2014, the Oneonta Little League named its minor league field in his honor. And he was the guest of honor at the September 2015 annual dinner of the Otsego County Democratic Party where, above, he posed with, from left, former Oneonta mayors John Nader and Kim Muller, Murphy’s wife Patricia, and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the keynote speaker. (AllOTSEGO.com)

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