Murphy, Edward Louis, Jr. 1915 – 2013
Died on November 6, 2013. Preceded in death by parents Edward L. Murphy, Sr. and Frances Tenner Murphy, stepmother May McGinnis Murphy, wife of 72 years, Mercedes Shiely Murphy, sisters Genevieve Hall (Ralph), Dorothy Fellows (Gray), Althea Nelson (James), and Patricia Millard, brother Richard T. Murphy, Sr. (Helen), and grandson, Cavan Varco. He is survived by sister, Carol Faricy (Richard) and brother-in-law, George Millard. Survived by seven children: Edward L. “Mike” Murphy III (Mary Lynn), Shawne Monahan (Michael), Tara Varco (Richard), Brenna Murphy (Austin Ditzler), Megan Murphy (Douglas Carnival), Kevin Murphy (Colleen FitzPatrick), Brian Murphy (Janice Martland). Also survived by fourteen grandchildren: Ryan and Mary Murphy; Meghan Brown, Michael, Liam Monahan; Richard, Lynn, Glin Varco; Jenny and Leighlin Carnival; Conor and Padraic Murphy; Patrick and Nicholas Murphy; twelve great-grandchildren and 31 nieces and nephews.
A 1933 graduate of Cretin High School, Edward Murphy received a Bachelor of Science degree in law in 1938 and was awarded Juris Doctor in 1940 from the University of Minnesota where he established a scholarship in 2002. Following graduation, he joined the Minneapolis law firm known today as Mackall, Crounse & Moore. In 1940, he married Mercedes Shiely Murphy. When his father, E. L. Murphy, Sr., suffered a heart attack in December, 1941, Ed left the practice of law to help the family manage its transportation and warehousing businesses, the origins of which date from 1904. Ed had a long and successful business career in the transportation industry serving as president and later as Chief Executive Officer of Murphy Motor Freight Lines, Inc. from 1945 until its closure in 1987. At its zenith, Murphy Motor Freight Lines, Inc. was the largest trucking company based in Minnesota. The legacy of the Murphy companies is carried on today as Murphy Logistics under the leadership of Ed’s nephew, Richard T. Murphy, Jr. In conjunction with his responsibilities as president and chief executive officer of Murphy Motor Freight Lines, Edward L. Murphy, Jr. was actively involved in transportation industry organizations serving as chair of the Regular Common Carriers Conference, vice chair of the American Trucking Association, and president of the Minnesota Trucking Association. He was also a member of the board of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and the Twin Cities Rapid Transit Company (now MTC). Ed Murphy served for more than 20 years on the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of St. Paul as well as the boards of First Bank System (now US Bank), American Hoist and Derrick, J. L. Shiely Company, Murphy Warehouse Company, and Waldorf Paper Company.
Throughout their lives, Edward and Mercedes played a significant role in the efforts of Catholic institutions in St. Paul to serve our community. Ed and Mercedes were active in Nativity Church, Convent of the Visitation where Mercedes was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1985, Cretin-Derham Hall where Edward received the Bishop Cretin Award in 1977, and the University of St. Thomas where Edward was a trustee from 1964 to 1984. In 1965 and 1968 respectively, Edward and Mercedes were inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, one of the highest Papal awards which can be conferred on the laity by the Catholic Church.
The family wishes to thank Dr. James Giefer, Dr. John Bergman, Dr. Thomas Okner, and Sheila Schultz, R.N. and her nursing staff especially Gail Cragoe, Tamara Dillingham, Paulina Kosobudzka, and Ponciana Sajulga for their extraordinary interest and care for Edward. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM, Saturday, November 16, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church (324 S. Prior St. @ Stanford). Visitation 5-7 PM, Friday, November 15, at O’Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home (575 S. Snelling Ave, 651-698-0796). Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edward Murphy preferred to Cretin Derham Hall or University of St. Thomas.