Peter Naughton Murphy ’52, of Aptos, Calif., passed away March 19 surrounded by his wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Leone; is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jane Elizabeth; was loving father of Mary Greg Whitfield, Kathleen, Joan and Steve Stefanie, as well as Tommy and Scott, who preceded him in death; dear brother of Robert, Patricia who preceded him in death and Leone Andrews; devoted grandfather of Hannah Miller, Emma & Henry Whitfield and Ben, Nate and Samantha Murphy; loving uncle to a wonderful group of nieces and nephews. Peter was born in New Rochelle, NY and grew up in McCloud, Calif. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1952 Peter started his career in the lumber industry. Peter was a salesman for American Forest Products when he married his bride, Jane. Settling in Terra Linda, Calif., they became active members of the then new St. Isabella Parish and made many dear friends there. Career opportunities took Peter and his family to Birmingham, MI in 1976 where they expanded their circle of friends. After 20 great years there, Peter retired and he and Jane returned to California, settling in Aptos. Their circle of friends continued to grow and included many from the Seascape Golf Club, Peter’s "office" away from home. Peter was a long-time member, as well as holding the positions of Treasurer, President and Board Member. He was a good golfer and enjoyed the game tremendously. Peter was also very active with Casa Allegra Community Services, an organization that allowed their son, Scott, who was born with challenges, to actively participate in community life. Peter not only was a Board Member for over 10 years, he was instrumental in running their annual Bocce Ball Tournament, provided much support for their Human Race fundraiser and frequently visited the Devon House, where Scott lived and was loved for over 20 years. 


08 Nov 2018