Gerard “Gerry” Francis Murphy of Verona, a businessman and former longtime resident of Montclair, died peacefully at home on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. He was 86.
Mr. Murphy was born in 1935 in the Bronx to Hugh and Bridget Murphy, who were immigrants from Ireland.
He succeeded in sports and academics. He was an accomplished basketball player for St. Simon Stock in the Bronx and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and graduate degree (MBA) from Long Island University. He played bugle and trumpet and enjoyed any parade (especially St. Patrick’s Day) that featured marching bands.
Mr. Murphy was an accomplished executive and businessman in his professional life. He purchased his company, ATS Money Systems, from the prior owners and succeeded in growing the business, which he eventually took public. From there, his plan proved to be visionary, as he focused on developing software solutions for banks and large retailers. He sold the business in 2000.
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He loved to travel with his wife of 45 years, Kathleen. They visited many overseas destinations and enjoyed the international sights, food and culture. They also spent several winter months each year in California, close by the grandchildren.
Mr. Murphy was a longtime resident of Montclair and was often spotted walking his dogs, holding his umbrella and smoking a cigar on Park Street in the early morning hours. Most recently he and his wife lived in Verona.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; brother, Kevin; four sons, Sean (Charlene), Gerard (Carla), Brian (Amy) and Brendan, and three grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Jack.
A private service was held at St. Cassian Roman Catholic Church in Upper Montclair.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be sent to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Hospice of New Jersey or Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair.
Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home.