Hello Family and Friends,
It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Tom Murphy passed away on December 2. He gave an incredible fight for almost eight years. He was with his family in the end and he is finally at peace. As Maggie said, Heaven just got one hell of a fighter.
We are thankful to each of you for your kindness and support over the years. We worked together and raised over $50,000 to fund research to find a cure to end this horrible disease. The fight continues and we are hopeful that one day soon we will celebrate the finding of a cure.
I will always remember Tom's big heart, his big laugh and his big hugs. He was an incredible friend, husband, father, son and brother. We will always be Murphy's Might. Some of our team will ride on December 9, some of us will attend Tom's memorial service.
I'd like to share Tom's obituary, he led a wonderful life.
Thomas James Murphy Gainesville, VA.
Thomas James Murphy, 59, of Gainesville, VA, passed away peacefully, December 2nd, 2017 in his home. Tom was born in 1958, in Hartford, CT, the son of Thomas J. Murphy and Dolores (“ Lori “) Murphy. He graduated from West Windsor High School, Princeton Jct, NJ, in 1976; and, played football at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1981 with a B.S. in Business Management. Tom lived in Clifton, VA for 22 years with his family, and moved to Gainesville, VA in 2011, after Tom was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Tom was a devoted husband, who adored his wife Keri of 36 years, a dedicated father of 3 children, and a loving grandfather of 2 granddaughters. They enjoyed family beach trips, outdoor sports and activities, and spoiling their grandchildren. When his children were growing up, he could often be found coaching their sports teams, or standing at the top of the bleachers with his arms crossed, intently fixed on their games. He was an incredible role model for his children. He demonstrated dedication, leadership, bravery, and passion in all his endeavors.
Tom was extremely passionate about his work as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the Federal Government. During his 30-year career, he spawned some of the most important programs and projects to ensure our nation had the most capable, affordable and operationally ready weapon systems. Tom was also an entrepreneur and senior executive for multiple small businesses, where he had a profound impact on their work with federal, local, and state governments. Once diagnosed with ALS, Tom advocated for ALS research and ALS patient access to clinical trials, exhibiting the same passion and commitment he had during his career.
Tom is survived by his parents, Thomas J. and Lori Murphy, Venice, FL; wife of 36 years, Keri (Starr) Murphy, Gainesville, VA; children, Kristin T. Murphy and Ryan P. Corcoran, Herndon, VA, Tom L. and Anna Kate (Patton) Murphy, Springfield, VA, and Sarah E. Murphy and Brendan D. Raedy, Washington, DC; sister, Lori-Jean Murphy and Anthony Scarfo, Summit, NJ. Tom is preceded in death by his brothers Timothy Patrick Murphy and Patrick Sean Murphy.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, December 8th, 2017, 10:00am, at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins at http://www.alscenter.org/donate/index.html or the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund at https://heartlandhospicefund.org/.