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Funeral Arrangements for Patrick Murphy Announced

Friends and family will say goodbye to Patrick Murphy a day before the woman accused of killing him faces a preliminary hearing in New Orleans.

Funeral arrangements were set Thursday for Murphy, 62.

Rev. David J. Loeper serves as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to Visitation at 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Murphy’s family prefers remembrances as contributions to:

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Patrick J. Murphy Foundation
C/O Murphy Jewelers
115 W. Market St.
Pottsville PA, 17901

Online at: murphyjewelers.com/foundation

According to the James E. Humphrey Funeral Home in Pottsville, here’s the schedule for Wednesday, March 13:

Funeral Arrangements for Patrick Murphy

To leave a memorial message for the Murphy family, do so at the Humphrey Funeral Home website.

Visitation Hours for Patrick Murphy

  • When: Wednesday, March 13 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Patrick Murphy

  • When: Wednesday, March 13, 12 p.m.
  • Where: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville

Interment of Patrick Murphy

  • When: Wednesday, March 13, 1:15 p.m.
  • Where: Calvary Cemetery, Calvary Road, Pottsville

Humphrey Funeral Home also published Murphy’s obituary on Thursday. In it, we learn that he and his wife, Kim, were married for 41 years. And for their 40th anniversary, Pat re-proposed marriage to Kim. Their love story dates back to high school days, according to his obituary.

The couple had two children. His children are the fourth generation to own the family jewelry business.

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Murphy operated Murphy Jewelers on West Market Street in Pottsville. The brand also owns stores in Tilden Township, Berks County, and at the Promenade shops in Saucon Township, in the Lehigh Valley.

Murphy is a 1974 graduate of Pottsville Area High School. He attended Bowman’s Technical Jewelry School in Lancaster, Pa., after graduating from high school.

The obituary also lists the organizations in which Murphy participated in the Pottsville and Schuylkill County community:

  • Pottsville Area School Board for 20 years
  • Relay for Life Chairman for 15 years
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Board of Directors
  • Vice President of the Pottsville Business Association
  • Chairman of the Pottsville Parking Authority
  • Eucharistic Minister at Saint John’s Church
  • Co-Chairman of Crab Fest benefiting Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Campaign Chair for A. Matthew Dudish Recorder of Deeds
  • Co-Chairman of Pottsville Historical Society’s Capital Campaign
  • Member of the Pottsville Lions Club
  • Pottsville Revitalization Committee
  • Board of North Second Street Revitalization Project
  • Supporter of the Saint Patrick Soup Kitchen
  • Orwigsburg Lion’s Club
  • Board member of the Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival
  • Past Pottsville Winter Carnival King Vulcan
  • Volunteer for the Minersville Theater Association

His company also sponsored the following non-profit organizations:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Hospital Charity Ball
  • YMCA
  • St. Nicholas School
  • Schuylkill Women in Crisis
  • State Police Camp Cadet Foundation
  • Fraternal Order of Police

The Next Day

A day after Murphy’s laid to rest, the case against woman accused of killing him goes forward.

On Thursday, March 14, Megan Hall will appear in an Orleans County Magistrate Court for a Preliminary Hearing. It’s scheduled for 3 p.m. Central.

Hall faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Murphy.

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Police believe she can be the only person who killed Murphy in a room at the Empress Hotel in New Orleans on February 28.

Attorneys representing Hall say they have a side of this story to tell.

However, if Hall is found guilty, she faces life in jail.

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