Let the memory of Robert be with us forever.
  • 80 years old
  • Born on November 5, 1938 .
  • Passed away on December 27, 2018 .

Robert John Murphy ‘Bob or Gizzy’, aged 80, of Malaga, New Jersey passed away on December 27th, 2018 at his home, surrounded by loved ones, after battling a long illness.

Robert was born in Gloucester City, New Jersey on November 5th, 1938.  He graduated from Gloucester City High School.  He married MarthaLynne Will on December 9th, 1967.  He was a great and devoted family man and together they raised 4 children, Beth, John, Pamela Jo and Catherine.  During their entire marriage, he ALWAYS treated her children, as his own natural children. He consistently made sure he was treating all the children equally and fairly.  He never referred to them as his "step" children. He was a defender of his family, a true knight in shining armor, our hero. Robert was a devout Jehovah’s Witness since his baptism as such in February 1969 and he served as an elder in the Franklinville Congregation until his death.  He strongly believed and his family takes comfort in the assurances from the Bible, that he is in a sleep like state, awaiting a resurrection to paradise earth.

Robert had an easy-going nature and a passion for making people around him feel special.  You knew you had a special relationship with him when you got one of his famous nicknames.  Children, or ‘Rugrats’ as they were known, loved him and this could be seen at all social functions.  Robert worked hard to provide for his family as a Welder, Instructor and a tech at NJDMV. But his secular work never overshowed what was important to him, his faith, his keeping a good relationship with his God Jehovah and making sure that he took care of the needs of his family.  During the first year after his baptism, he had approximately 12 different jobs, because he would not work during his religious meeting times. So he would lose his job. But he relied on Jehovah and soon found work, again. Robert also took joy in the simple things, such as playing his trumpet, fixing cars ("Yeah, don't worry about it, You don't need those extra bolts."), playing basketball out back, ‘hustling’ a game of pool, beating the pants off  ya in double deck pinochle, messing with you at the bowling alley or just ‘bombing’ your hair. He also liked to travel; camping was always fun, cross county RVing was an adventure, cruising the islands and riding the coasters in Wildwood never had a dull moment. Robert will be remembered for his love, loyalty, kindness, charm, wit and wonderful sense of humor.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Anna and his siblings, Norman, Donald, Joan, Franklin ‘Skippy’ and his daughter Pamela Jo.  

He is survived by his wife MarthaLynne ‘Mouger’; his 3 children, Beth (Michael), John (Michele) and Catherine (John); along with his grandchildren, Brianna (Ian), Shjon and Anthony ‘Mickey’; as well as his sister Norma and many nieces and nephews.

The family of Robert John Murphy wish to thank all the friends from the local congregations that have given their support to our family during Robert’s long illness.  Additionally, we want to thank Lighthouse Hospice and their caring workers, Joan Ganser, Shran Coward, Jennifer Hollenbach, and Lois Halleck, for the four plus years of dedicated care of Robert and helping us keep him at home with family.

A Memorial Service will be held:

Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Somerdale Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
631 Somerdale Rd.
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Talbert Monroe will be officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Jehovah’s Witnesses at the website www.JW.org


Posted by Brianna Cherry on January 7, 2019
PopPop -
I love you so much. I can’t wait to see you in Paradise and get to know you when you are young and not riddled with what this world has to offer us.
You are such a great man and I have always looked up to you and enjoyed our time together.
See you soon.
Posted by Sherrie Dennis on January 5, 2019
Brother, I never got to meet you, but I do know and love your Beth and Brianna, and they are brilliant, beautiful, luminous women. I never knew you, but through your family your own light still shines. Because of them, I know you must have been a wonderful person. <3 I look forward to seeing you in person when we're all together again on the other side of this system. My heart goes out to the entire extended network of friends and family as they grieve and wait for that beautiful day to come.
Posted by Diane Rowe on January 5, 2019
Lynn & Family ,
You have my deepest sympathy for your lost. My prayers are with you .
May you all meet again in Jehovah's paradise earth .
                           With love to you all
Posted by Shirley Doherty on December 31, 2018
Rest In Peace
Posted by Kim Lovari on December 31, 2018
Beth &Family,
We are very sorry to know about the passing of your father, Brother Murphy. We long to see him in Paradise when all is new again! You're in our prayers to Jehovah God.
Philia love,
Tom & Kim Lovari
Posted by Todd Will on December 31, 2018
Uncle Bob, it has been a long while since seeing you last, Life got in the way a bit... I will cherish the memories growing up; The weekend barbeques, swimming in the pool, basketball in the back yard... seems like yesterday! Most of all I will miss the different names you had for us.. "Todd-AO" was my favorite. I will hold tightly to those memories and carry them with me forever.
Posted by Michael And Beth Doherty on December 31, 2018
Thank you for the wonderful life you gave our family. We await the time we will welcome you back in the resurrection here on paradise earth. Get your rest, for you will be busy making up for lost time in torturing us with your teasing. Can't wait to see you again...........
Love you forever

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