Matthew Murphy

Obituary of Matthew Murphy


Matthew J. Murphy
September 13, 2017
Matthew J. Murphy, 58, of Syracuse died Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Upstate Medical University.
Matthew was a life resident of Syracuse and a graduate of Henninger High School and Onondaga Community College. He worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center for almost 30 years, most recently in the linen services department.
In 2013 Matthew received a STAR certificate from the hospital’s president for exemplifying Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Reverence.
According to the nurse who nominated Matthew, there was a homeless family in the hospital, “the mom was a patient and the son stayed by the bedside. They had their clothes in bags. Matt volunteered to wash them and bring them back in a couple of hours. The son was especially happy because the clothes he had been wearing had not been washed in days.”
In his spare time, Matthew liked to watch baseball games on TV. His favorite team was the Baltimore Orioles. He also had season tickets for the Syracuse Chiefs for many years.
Matthew’s interests included animation, baseball cards and comic books. He also enjoyed spending time with his cat, Herky.
Surviving are two sisters, Mary Wong of Albany and Martha Murphy of Syracuse; three brothers, Michael and Mark of Syracuse and Martin of Abington Township, Pa.; two nieces, Olivia Wong of Brooklyn and Eleanor Murphy of Abington Township; and a nephew, Anthony Murphy.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Goddard-Crandall-Shepardson Funeral Home, 3111 James St.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Upstate Medical University’s Neuroscience ICU for their exemplary professionalism and the compassionate care they provided during Matthew’s final illness.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Upstate Foundation, 750 E. Adams St. CAB326, Syracuse, NY 13210.