Peter G. Murphy

It is with tremendous sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Peter G. Murphy on June 22, 2017.  A beloved son, brother, and friend, Peter will be greatly missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him.  Peter was born on 26 November, 1965, in Bonn, Germany, to Edward and Patricia Murphy.  A stand-out student, athlete and friend, he graduated from Berlin American High School in 1984.  Pete attended the University of Notre Dame on an ROTC scholarship, and upon his graduation in 1988, received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  After four years in the Army, including participation in the First Gulf War, Peter transitioned to civilian life, building a successful career in the petroleum transfer and storage industry, first at GATX and then Kinder Morgan, where he most recently served as Bay Area Operations Manager.

An intelligent, thoughtful, and caring person, Peter enriched those around him with a lively wit, an infectious sense of humor, and no shortage of opinions on issues regardless of their importance.  Peter loved to read, travel, listen to music, drink a pint, and spend time with family and friends, and if he could travel to spend time with his friends while listening to music and drinking a beer all the better.  A natural leader, Peter made and kept friends easily, and would do anything for members of his “extended” family. 

Peter is survived by his parents, Edward and Patricia Murphy, his sisters Ann and Kate and their husbands Joe and Frank, his brothers Tim and Paul and their wives Susan and Terri, six nieces and nephews, countless friends from across the country and around the world, and a voluminous collection of the music he loved most.

A viewing for Peter Murphy will be held on 14 July from 4 – 8 PM at the Advent Funeral Home in Falls Church, Virginia, and a Funeral Service on 15 July at 10AM at our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington, Virginia, followed by a reception.  An inurnment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Heart Association in Peter’s honor at the following link.

15 Responses to Peter G. Murphy

  1. Peggy Barring says:

    Pete was such a force for good in this world and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. I was fortunate to have known him for a long time and always enjoyed spending time with him as his heart was always full of joy and he always made everyone feel so welcome and missed if he hadn’t seen you for a long time.

    My prayers are with all who knew him, but I am confident that he has made heaven a lot brighter since he arrived and is sharing his love of music and travel with all.

  2. Kelly J. Meister says:

    To The Murphy’s,
    I loved Pete in high school in Berlin. He was one of the GREATEST guys in BAHS.
    Pete never knew a stranger, he was so sweet and friendly to every.
    He will be greatly missed.
    Lots of prayers,
    Kelly J. Meister

  3. Tom Middaugh says:

    If Lady Di was still alive, I know she would join me in expressing the sorrow felt at the loss of Peter, a fine man and wonderful gentleman we got to know years ago. I know he could not be in greater hands today, so my prayers are for those who remain behind and grieve his loss. God Bless each of you!

  4. Terry Maloney says:

    I never met Peter, but from what I know of the family, the world has suffered a huge loss. Condolences to the Murphy family, especially to Tim and Terri Murphy.

  5. Sarah Meyer Stevens says:

    To all that knew Pete,
    I was so shocked to hear of Pete’s passing since he had much to do yet in life. I knew Pete briefly in Stuttgart, Germany and I remember him fondly. Him and his brothers and sisters would play endless games of “Catch the Flag”, “Rover Rover”, build sand forts, and much more. We were constantly outside and active. He will be missed by many and I am sure he is still nearby, watching over his loved ones. My best to his family and all that he holds dear to him!

  6. Beatrice Spates de Lannoy says:

    My sincere condoleances to the entire wonderful Murphy family, and especially to Tim and Terri, on losing such a fine brother, uncle to their children, and son to Edward and Patricia.

  7. Will Lennan says:

    Every one that knew Pete liked him and that is really saying something considering how many people he was in charge of.
    Having the opportunity to know him at work and away from work, I can safely say the world is a sadder place with out him.
    His smile and sarcastic wit will be sadly missed.
    My condolences to the Murphy family for their great loss.

  8. John Burelbach says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear about Pete’s passing. My fondest memories of Notre Dame include Pete. A wonderful person and friend, he was a man of great integrity, humor, and knowledge, and was always a joy to be around. My wife Jennifer and I offer our heartfelt condolences to Pete’s family.

  9. Joe and Joan Bielski says:

    To the Murphy Family. We were deeply saddened to hear about Pete. We spent quite a few St. Patrick’s days in San Francisco
    with Peter. Peter enjoyed our other various adventures to the
    City. We had a number of comical adventures in the City. He
    especially liked to see different movie locations in the Bay Area.
    We also had great humorous political debates trying to out do
    each other with hyperbole. We will miss him. Joan and I send
    our deepest sympathy to all the Murphy family.

  10. Ann Murphy says:

    We miss our brother tremendously and deeply – he left a gap – and we are grateful for wonderful family and friends who will ensure that gap is filled with fond memories and smiles. Love to all

  11. Sean Olbrych says:

    I just found out!!! I’m in shock. He was an awesome guy. Met him in nurenbourg where he was stationed with my brother in law Pete finken.

    Had lots of fun with Murph tailgating at westpoint.

    My deepest condolences to his parents and siblings.

  12. Jean Crutcher Boyle says:

    Words cannot begin to express the profound sorrow I feel upon learning of Pete’s passing. To his family I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers. I wish I would have known sooner so that I could have attended his wake. I will certainly pay my respects the next time I am at Arlington. I’ll always regret that distance and deployments caused us to lose touch. He was my best friend in ROTC and the brother I never had. Nearly every happy memory of ROTC that I have includes Pete (except for the few weeks in Alaska that I got to spend with Tim at NorWar). He certainly loved his music. I still think of Pete every time I hear Pink Floyd and Nancy Sinatra. His kind and gentle soul will be missed by all who knew him and were fortunate enough to call him a friend. Prost Pete!

  13. Orlando Calhoun says:

    I served under Lt. Murphy while stationed in Germany with the 16th Engineer Battalion of the 1st Armored Division in Furth, W. Germany. He was a class act. Excellent leader and very likable. He was everyone’s all around favorite. He shall be sorely missed.

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  15. Jennifer Milton says:

    It is always hard to hear about the loss of one of our “Berlin family” members, but I know our hearts are together and together we will get thru this. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Much Love, Jenny

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