Obituary of Albert J. "Hick" Murphy
Albert J. “Hick” Murphy, 102, of Walton passed away early Thursday, June 21, 2018. Hick was born on December 14, 1915 in Lake Ariel, PA the son of the late William and Susan (Frisbee) Murphy. The family relocated to Delaware County where they lived on several farms around Downsville and Union Grove. During this time, he helped with the family farms and enjoyed working at the sawmill. He began tailing the mill for his dad and later was the sawyer as he learned the family trade from his father that had been passed down from his grandfather. For fun he enjoyed playing baseball and softball, hunting, fishing and trapping around the area and earning his nickname of “Hick”. This came from being tough as a piece of hickory which he proved many times over his 102 years. Many stories centered around this time as he worked through the depression era not only on the family farm and sawmill, but also on other farms or cutting trees by hand with a cross cut saw to make a living. He became very close to the Misner family growing up and on September 28, 1940 he married the former Vashti Misner who predeceased him December 30, 2012. They lived in the Union Grove area when WWII began and he was enlisted in the U.S. Army where he proudly served in the European and Pacific Theatres, including the Battle of the Bulge, Liberation of the Philippines and the occupation of Japan.
After returning from the War, he worked a short period with the sawmill again before joining the NYC BWS Police (NYC DEP) while the Pepacton and Cannonsville Reservoirs were constructed. It was also during this time that the area of Union Grove was flooded for the Pepacton Reservoir and they relocated to the Beerston area of the Cannonsville Reservoir Valley to live while he worked for the DEP. He served many roles over 28 years working with the DEP and advanced to Lieutenant while establishing multiple precincts and serving as Precinct Commander in Beerston before retiring in 1976.
He was a member of numerous clubs, teams, activities and organizations over the decades including the James S. Moore American Legion Post 167, Arena Fire Department, the Grange, various hunting clubs and the NRA. He enjoyed gunsmithing, playing baseball and softball on town teams including the Beerston Town team as they won the Walton Town Softball League in 1961. In his 42 years of retirement he loved digging ginseng, hunting and spending time with family but most important to him was fishing with his grandsons. Many friendly competitions and adventures ensued over the years that he loved to tell stories about.
Hick is survived by his loving family, his children, Eric (Carol) Murphy of New Hampshire, Tim (Ruth) Murphy of Walton; grandchildren, Dan (Jennifer) Murphy, Beth, Tim (Jackie), and Zackory Murphy, great grandchildren, Kenzie and Dylan, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers, Sterling Murphy and Gerald “Barnie” Murphy, sisters, Mabel Paul, Alfretta Gardner, Doris Reed, and daughter in law Diane Murphy.
A special and heartfelt thank you would like to be expressed from the entire Murphy Family to the Staff and Volunteers of the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care for their tireless care, effort and support.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM at the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton; and on Monday June 25, 2018 from 10 AM to 11 AM where services will be held at 11 AM with Pastor Larry Light, officiating. Burial with full military and DEP Police honors will be held at 2:30 PM at the Shavertown Cemetery in Shavertown, NY.
Memorial Contributions in Albert’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 297 River Street, Service Road, Oneonta, New York 13820 or Walton Fire Department and EMS, 61 West Street, Walton, New York 13856