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Obituary for William Murphy

William Murphy
January 29, 1949-September 19, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beloved William Murphy. He left us after a short illness on Monday, September 19, 2022.

Murph was born in Paterson, NJ, and spent his school years in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. He is a 1968 graduate of Butler High School where he was the 1967 football team co-captain and was on the wrestling squad for his four years at Butler. He also received his AS degree in Business from County College of Morris. William worked as a technician for AB Dick for 30 years and moved to Lowe’s where he worked until 2015 at the Butler location, where his personality and good humor have a lasting impact.

Bonnie and Bill began dating on October 8, 1966; were engaged on October 9, 1970; and married on October 7, 1972. They began their married life in West Paterson, moved to Franklin, and have been Vernon, NJ, residents since 1980.

Bill is predeceased by his parents, Ruth Gabel Murphy and Thomas Daniel Murphy, and brother-in-law Frank Pron. Bill is survived by his high school sweetheart, Bonnie (nee Wachter); son Patrick Sheehan and his wife Jacqueline DeVore; daughter Kelly Shannon and her husband Louis O’Caiside; his grandchildren Violet June DeVore Murphy and Ian William DeVore Murphy; his sister, Mary Murphy, and brother, Thomas Daniel Murphy and his wife Terry. In addition, he was considered a brother by his wife Bonnie’s family—sister Barbara and her husband John Hann, brother Richard and his wife Karen, brother Bill and his wife Jeanne, late brother Robert and sister-in-law Nancy, brother Chris and his wife Kum Ok, and brother Reverend Steve and his wife Kellie. He was dearly loved by his many nieces and nephews who include: Chris Coutts and his wife Cheryl, Bill Coutts and his wife Bia, Brian Coutts and his wife Arzu, Andrea and Tim Goscinski, Katelynn Hann, Natasha and Nate Humburg, David Murphy, Zachary Murphy, Brandon Wachter, Pamela Wachter and Ryan Stahnke, Dan Wachter and his wife Meg Scherholz, Brent Wachter and his wife Meredith, Collin Wachter and his wife Sam Tamboline, Jarod Wachter, Marissa Wachter, Zachary Wachter.

He was a friend to everyone--old schoolmates, new acquaintances, reconnections, and even those he had yet to meet.

His niece, Kate, summed up our Bill very nicely~~
If you knew him, then you are the luckiest d*** person in the world. This man was sunshine. The life of the party. You wanted to be near him, always.

Visitation for Bill will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2022, 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, (One Vanderhoof Court for GPS) 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ 07462. A service for Bill will be on Monday, September 26th, 2022, 10:30AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (