on August 21, 2013 - 9:28 PM
Feb. 4, 1919 – Aug. 19, 2013
Robert J. Murphy, of Clarence Center, a World War II veteran who owned a tool-and-die company, died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 94.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Murphy was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. During World War II, he served two years in Central Europe with the Army’s 63rd Infantry Division, participating in the Rhineland Campaign.
After the war, he was among four partners who founded EmKay Molds of Buffalo, a tool-and-die company located on Leroy Avenue, in the early 1950s. He retired in 1990.
Mr. Murphy was a member of the Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company for more than 60 years.
His wife, Alice McKee Murphy, died in 2007.
Survivors include three daughters, Joanne Beringer, Kathleen Shaner and Barbara Smolin, and three sons, Robert Jr., Dr. Thomas and John.
Mr. Murphy donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University at Buffalo.
A private memorial service will be scheduled.